Frequently Asked Questions
-How does spay/neuter save lives?
Every day 10,000 children are born compared to over 70,000 cats and dogs. At this rate there will NEVER be enough homes for all of them. This results in many of them being euthanized in shelters simply because they were born. By sterilizing our pets we help reduce the number being born with no homes to go to, insuring that more of them will have a family of their own for life.
-Why should I spay/neuter my pet?
Sterilized pets are:
*Less likely to run away
*Less likely to bite
*Less likely to urine mark/spray
*Less likely to develop certain types of cancer
*No messy heat cycles
-If I neuter my male dog will he be as big, strong and protective?
While neutering can help reduce aggression, it has not been shown to reduce growth or physical health. Actually, a neutered male dog is protected from prostate illness such as cancer later in life.
-What if I can not afford to spay/neuter my animal?
Most cities provide a discounted registration rate for sterilized animals, and with low cost spay/neuter available to you it may actually save you money in the long run.
-What if my animal never leaves our yard or home?
Although it may be your intention that your pet never leave your yard or home, accidents do happen and it only takes one time. Just ask your local animal control officer how many times he or she has heard that one! It is these unplanned litters that fare the worst.
-Does low cost mean low quality?
Absolutely not. HOPE spay/neuter clinics adhere to a medical protocol model dictated by the Humane Alliance and certified as High Quality Volume and Low Cost. For more information on our medical protocols visit http://www.humanealliance.org/.
-Do you use a real veterinarian?
Yes. All veterinarians employed by HOPE are DVM's and have received specialized training in spay/neuter surgery specifically in addition to their years in private practice.
-What about pain medication for my pet?
We consider the comfort of your pet our priority. All pet patients receive two injections of pain medication while in our care. Also, patients are sent home with oral pain medication at no additional cost.
-Will my pet need to have staples or sutures removed?
Unless you are told otherwise, your pet does not have external sutures. All sutures are absorbable on the inside and the very outer layer of skin is held together with surgical glue.
-Shouldn't my female cat/dog have one litter or heat cycle before spaying?
No. Actually spaying before their first heat cycle will greatly decrease the chances of your pet from developing mammary tumors and other possible health concerns.
-When should I have my pet spayed/neutered?
The sooner the better. Some surgeries are even being done as early as 8 weeks if the animal is big enough and healthy enough for the surgery. The animal will be that much more healthy after the surgery and it will also prevent unwanted litters.