How do I schedule my dog or cat to be spayed/neutered at one of your clinics?
Call or text (830) 598-7729, or email petpalsmarblefallstx@gmail .com. No hablo español.
How often are you open?
Spay and neuter clinics are held twice a month.
Vaccination Clinics are typically held twice a year in January and June.
What should I know before the day of the clinic?
It's important that your dog or cat should not have any food or water after 10 pm the night before the scheduled surgery. Make sure your dog or cat has had ample opportunity to urinate and have a bowel movement before checking in at the clinic.
My dog or cat is in heat or pregnant. Can she still be spayed?
In most cases, yes. We will examine your pet prior to surgery and hold off on the surgery if we think there is a significant risk.
What is ear tipping and why would I do this?
If your cat spends time outdoors, ear tipping can make sure your cat is easily identifiable to cat colony caretakers. When a cat is ear tipped, a very small part of the tip of the ear is surgically removed. It helps people see that this cat is already spayed/neutered and vaccinated. If your cat spends time outdoors and doesn't have an ear tip, it is possible that it will be trapped and taken to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated.
What is the earliest I can get my pet spayed/neutered?
We can safely spay/neuter at 4 months of age and 3 lbs for both puppies and kittens.
Can my male pet still impregnate a female after he is neutered?
Yes, sperm can live in the "plumbing" for 4-6 weeks after neutering.
What should I have with me when I bring my dog/cat in on clinic day?
Bring your pet's rabies certificate issued by your vet at the time of vaccination. Tags are not sufficient proof of current rabies vaccination status. If your pet is not current on the vaccine or if you cannot provide the appropriate documents, a rabies vaccination for $15 will be given at the time of surgery (a second rabies vaccination won't harm the animal).
For safety reasons, dogs must be on a leash and cats MUST be in a carrier.
If you have qualified for financial assistance prior to a clinic day, you must bring documented proof of income.
What can I expect after I bring my dog/cat home after the procedure?
If you have a female dog or cat, make sure they are protected from mating for 10 days.
If your dog was sent home with a cone, keep the cone on for at least 5 days to prevent licking.
If you have an outdoor pet, keep them inside for at least a day while they fully recover from anesthesia.
Keep your pet quiet and warm and away from children or other animals until the effects of the anesthesia have worn off. Pets recovering from anesthesia (especially cats) may become confused, easily agitated and even aggressive during these few hours.
Stomach upset may occur in the hours following surgery, as is common with all forms of anesthesia. Offer your pet water in small amounts as soon as they seem interested and food can be offered later as they recover more fully from the anesthesia.
DO NOT GIVE YOUR PET ASPIRIN, TYLENOL, IBUPROFEN OR OTHER PAIN RELIEVERS! Pain relievers intended for humans can be very dangerous and possibly fatal if given to your pets.
Do not let your pets climb or get on the furniture until they have healed from the surgery for 5-7 days. Jumping can cause the stitches to come loose and may cause bleeding.
Do not allow your pet to get wet and no baths for one week following surgery.
Check your pet's incision at least twice daily, and clean by gently dabbing the incision with hydrogen peroxide on a clean cotton ball.
Try to keep your pet from licking the incision area. This can cause the incision to open. If your pet continues to lick the area, you may purchase a surgery collar from us, a veterinarian or a pet supply store.
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