Spay and Neuter Guidelines


Spay/Neuter Application ››
Spay/Neuter Guidelines ››
Medical History Requirements ››
Spay and Neuter Inclement Weather Policy ››
Spay and Neuter Pricing ››
Pre-Surgical Instructions ››
Post-Op instructions ››
Post-Surgical Instructions ››

Spay and Neuter Guidelines

Not every pet is a good surgical candidate for the Humane Society Spay, Neuter & Vaccine Clinic; some pets are better served by being seen in a full-service veterinary facility. Please confirm that your pets meet the following criteria prior to scheduling a surgical appointment with us. Patients are seen by appointment only. To schedule please call 410-833-8848 ext. 209 or send us an email at fixmypet@bmorehumane.org.

For Dogs

  • Between 4 months and 7 years of age*
  • Female Weight – Must be more than 5 and less than 60 pounds
  • Male Weight – Must be more than 5 and less than 80 pounds
  • No known illness, injury or medical condition that may increase surgical risk
  • Not belonging to brachycephalic (short-faced) breed, due to greater anesthetic risk
  • Not aggressive toward people or highly aggressive toward other animals

For Cats

  • Between 3 months and 7 years of age
  • Weighs more than 3 pounds
  • No known illness, injury or medical condition that may increase surgical risk
  • Not belonging to either the hairless or Persian breeds

*Pets 5-7 years of age are required to have pre-anesthetic blood work for an additional fee of $45


Medical History Requirements

We want your pet to be protected from infectious diseases!

For Dogs

Vaccinations – Current distemper and Rabies. Dog owners seeking a waiver from required vaccinations must present a valid veterinary record or veterinary receipts showing that your dog has received an appropriate up-to-date ‘distemper series’ consisting of at least two DHPP vaccines given 14 – 28 days apart and a rabies vaccine by a licensed veterinarian.

Heartworm Testing – If your dog is 6 months or age or older, you must present proof that he//she is free of Heartworm disease or our veterinarian will test for heartworms prior to surgery for a cost of $22.

We require proof of up-to-date rabies, distemper vaccinations, and heartworm testing and the appropriate prevention. If your dog has not had these, they will be performed at the time of surgery. We strongly recommend, but do not require, that your dog receive a “kennel cough” vaccine before his or her spay/neuter appointment. Our Wellness Center can provide this service.

For Cats

Vaccinations – Current FVRCP and Rabies. Cat owners seeking a waiver from required vaccinations must present a valid veterinary record or veterinary receipts showing that your cat has received an appropriate up-to-date ‘distemper series’ consisting of at least two FVRCP vaccines given 14-28 days apart and a rabies vaccine by a licensed veterinarian.

FeLV/FIV Testing – All cats must be tested for feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) within 2 months prior to surgery. Cat owners must present a valid shot record showing the results of the test or our veterinarian will test your cat at time of surgery for a cost of $22.

We require proof of up-to-date rabies and distemper vaccinations and a FeLV/FIV test within the last 2 months. If your cat has not had these, they will be done at the time of surgery. Heartworm, flea and tick preventatives, dewormers, ear mite and tapeworm treatments may also be purchased for your pet. Surgical pricing includes injectable pain medications at the time of surgery and oral pain medication to go home with your pet.

Pets with any medical conditions, injuries or illness will be declined for surgery and referred to a full-service veterinary hospital. Pets ages 5-7 will require pre-anesthetic blood work for a fee of $45.


Spay and Neuter Inclement Weather Policy

If the Baltimore County Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Spay, Neuter & Vaccine Clinic will also be closed.  We will call you to reschedule your pet’s surgery appointment. If the schools are only delayed, the surgical center will operate on its regular 8am-4pm schedule. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.


Spay and Neuter Pricing

Payment for all services is required at the time of admission. We accept cash, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover credit cards and debit cards.

Dogs

Puppy Spay (less than 6 months): $90
Adult Dog Spay Dog (5-60lbs): $150
Puppy Neuter (less than 6 months): $65
Adult Dog Neuter (5-80lbs): $85

Cats

Cat Spay: $55
Cat Neuter: $55

Additional charges may apply if your pet is in heat, pregnant, or has an infection or other abnormality of the reproductive system. If your pet is not up-to-date, discounted vaccines and diagnostic testing are available at the time of surgery. If your pet has fleas, a flea treatment will be given and you will be charged $5 when you pick up your pet.

Download Spay/Neuter Application or apply online.


Pre-Surgical Instructions

Please read the following pre-surgical instructions carefully:

  • Schedule an appointment.
  • Bring proof of current vaccinations and testing to your appointment to receive a waiver from required services.
  • Bring a copy of all medical records to your appointment if your pet is 5 years of age or older.
  • Keep pet indoors after 8 pm on the evening prior to surgery.
  • Withhold food after midnight the night before surgery.
  • Bring each cat in an individual, labeled, clean carrier with a clean towel.
  • Bring dogs on a leash.
  • Drop-off between 8:00 – 8:30 am. If you are late, late fees will apply.
  • Leave your pet in the car until you have completed all of the paperwork required during the drop-off. Drop-off takes about 15-20 minutes.
  • Pay for services during the morning drop-off with cash, money order, or credit card (MC, Visa or Discover).
  • Pick up at 3:00 pm. If you are late, late fees will apply.
  • If you need to cancel, please call at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.

Please do not remove your cat from its carrier upon arrival in our reception area. Cats entering a new environment can and often do react unexpectedly.

Click here for a downloadable checklist for the day of surgery and directions to our clinic.


Post-Op Instructions

Please read and follow our post-operative instructions carefully. While sterilization is a routine surgery comparable to outpatient services, it does require attention on your part to ensure the safety of your pet.

Post-surgical occurrences include:

  • Sleepiness or grogginess for a full day after surgery.
  • Slight puffiness or bruising around the incision line.
  • Decreased appetite for 24 -36 hours.
  • No bowel movement for a day or two after surgery.

Contact your veterinarian if:

  • Your pet is non-responsive to handling on arrival home.
  • You notice listlessness lasting more than 2 days.
  • You see severe redness or swelling around the incision.
  • There is evidence of bleeding or discharge from the incision site.
  • Your pet has difficulty urinating or moving bowels.
  • You notice loss of appetite lasting more than 2 days.
  • You see any vomiting or diarrhea.

If you have any questions or concerns after surgery, please contact the Humane Society Spay, Neuter & Vaccine Clinic at 410-833-8848 x209 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 4:00pm. For after-hours emergencies, please contact your veterinarian or one of the emergency facilities listed below:

Advanced Veterinary Complex (Reisterstown) 410-833-0500
Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency 410-224-0331
Central Carroll Animal Emergency 410-871-2000
Catonsville Emergency Veterinary Clinic 410-788-7040
Emergency Animal Hospital of Ellicott City 410-750-1177
Falls Road Animal Hospital 410-825-9100
Pet+ER (Towson) 410-252-8387


Post-Surgical Instructions

Food and Water
All Pets

Wait 2 hours after returning home to give your pet food or water. Remember, anesthesia can make pets nauseous.

Activity
For Cats

Cats should be confined to a clean, small, dry, warm area indoors. Limit your cat’s activity level. We realize some cats are wild (feral), in which case this point may be difficult. In any circumstance, do not allow the cat to go outdoors at all for at least 7 days after you pick them up from the clinic.

For Dogs

Dogs should be confined to a clean, small, dry, warm area indoors. Limit your dog’s activity level for the next 10 – 14 days (i.e. no running, jumping, etc.). Leash walk only and try to hinder anything that will stretch the incision area. Do not allow your dog to be unattended around stairs the night after surgery or the following day. He or she may still be groggy and a little uncoordinated.

Sutures
For Cats

Female cats do get sutures, but you will not see them as they are internal. They will dissolve so you do not need to have them removed. You do need to check the incision area (on their belly) daily for 7 – 10 days to make sure the area is healing and not oozing, swelling or opening. It is common for them to get a small, non-painful lump at the site of the incision. Male cats do not get sutures but you do need to check the incision area (under the tail) daily for 7 – 10 days to make sure the area is healing and not oozing, welling or opening.

For Dogs

Unless otherwise stated, all dogs have internal sutures that will dissolve. Check the incision twice a day for the next 10-14 days to make certain it is healing and not oozing or swelling. Some bruising is normal.

Baths
All Pets

Do not bathe your pet for the next 10-14 days. Also, do not allow your pet to swim or take outings in the rain during this time.

Pain Meds
All Pets

  • DO NOT give your animal any over the counter medications (i.e. Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, etc.) as they can have serious side effects for pets. All of our patients are given injections of narcotic and anti-inflammatory pain medications while they are with us. Your pet will be sent home with 2-3 days of oral pain medication. These medications should be started as directed below.
  • Dogs start oral pain medication the morning after surgery.
  • Cats are given an injection of extended release pain medication that lasts 72 hours after surgery.


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