Monday, September 01, 2014

General Information on Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic for Dogs

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All public spay/neuter procedures are performed on alternating Saturdays and Sundays, by appointment. Thank you for your support and for spaying and neutering your pets!

Surgery Costs
Dog Spay: $90
Over 50 pounds add $25
Over 100 pounds add $35
In heat or pregnant add $20-$40

Dog Neuter: $85

Over 50 pounds add $25
Over 100 pounds add $35
Cryptorchid Surgery (undescended testicle) add $20-$40

We require a $25 deposit to hold your appointment. Call 770-593-1155 to schedule your appointment today.

Day of the Surgery:

Please arrive at the shelter between 8 AM and 8:30 AM the day of the scheduled surgery. All dogs you must be picked up between 4 PM and 5 PM the same day. If you do not retrieve your dog by 5 PM, there will be a $20 late charge.

Please note the following:
  • Dogs must be 12 weeks of age or older
  • If your dog is VISIBLY pregnant or lactating, we cannot perform the surgery until at least 1 month after her puppies are weaned. If your dog is over 7 years of age, you must have pre-anesthetic blood work performed by your veterinarian. You must bring the satisfactory report with you the day of the scheduled surgery. PLEASE NOTE THAT PAWS ATLANTA DOES NOT PERFORM PRE-ANESTHESIA BLOOD WORK.
  • You must bring proof of current rabies vaccination with you the day of your scheduled surgery. If you do not have proof of rabies vaccination, PAWS Atlanta will administer the rabies vaccine for $15.
  • The $25 deposit will be credited towards the cost of your final bill upon checkout.
  • All spay/neuter procedures are performed on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays by appointment.
  • PAWS Atlanta requires that all animals receive proper pain medication during and post-surgery. The cost of the medication will depend on the weight of your pet.
In the event that you have to cancel your appointment, you must do so by calling 770-593-1155 72 HOURS BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT and speak to a member of our staff. If there is no answer, we are on the other line. You must leave a message for us to note your cancellation. If you do not cancel or reschedule your appointment 72 hours before your appointment, your $25 deposit will NOT be refunded.

FAQs on Spay/Neuter Procedures for Dogs

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Please click on a question below to read the answer. If you have additional questions, please email us or call us at 770-593-1155.

What is the difference between a spay and neuter procedure?

Why should I spay or neuter my dog?

When should I spay or neuter my dog?

What is removed during a spay surgery?

What is removed during a neuter surgery?

What is cryptorchidism and how does it affect the neuter procedure?

What if I cannot tell if my dog is male or female?

Does a "real" veterinarian perform the surgery? Do you use anesthesia?

Will the spay or neuter procedure change the personality of my dog?

Can you spay a dog that is in heat? How can I tell if she is in heat?

Can you spay a dog that is pregnant? How can I tell if she is pregnant?


What is the difference between a spay and neuter procedure?

Spaying is performed on females and neutering is performed on males.

Why should I spay or neuter my dog?

It is good for the community and good for the health of your dog.

In addition to helping to alleviate the pet overpopulation crisis, spaying before your dog's first heat will reduce the chance of her developing mammary tumors and will eliminate the risk of her developing uterine cancer.  If you neuter your male dog before 6 months of age, you can prevent testicular cancer and reduce the risk of prostate cancer. You may reduce the occurence of territory marking ("leg lifting") in your male dog.

Generally, puppies recover more quickly than older dogs, so spay or neuter as soon as you can.

When should I spay or neuter my dog?

If you have a female, it is preferable to spay before her first heat cycle. We can spay or neuter a puppy if she or he is over 12 weeks of age. If you have an adult dog, we can spay/neuter her or him as well and you will be doing your part to help the pet overpopulation crisis.

We cannot spay dogs who are in heat until at least 3 weeks after their heat cycle has ended. We cannot spay visibly pregnant dogs until at least a month after her litter has been weaned.

What is removed during a spay surgery?

A spay surgery is also called an ovariohysterectomy. The ovaries and the entire uterus are removed.

What is removed during a neuter surgery?

Both testicles are completely removed during a neuter procedure. The skin that held the testicles will typically shrink and become unnoticeable.

What is cryptorchidism and how does it affect the neuter procedure?

Cryptorchidism is a condition that results when one or both of the testes do not descend or "drop" from the abdominal position during fetal development in a male dog. We cannot neuter a male dog that has this condition in our clinic.

What if I cannot tell if my dog is male or female?

Gently turn your dog on his/her back. You will notice the sex organs that will allow you to determine the sex of your dog. If you really cannot tell if he/she is male or female, you may bring your dog to a vet who will be able to tell the sex of your pet.

Does a "real" veterinarian perform the surgery? Do you use anesthesia?

All spay/neuter surgeries are performed by a board certified Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine (DVM). We utilize anesthesia because spay/neuters would be too painful and risky without the anesthesia. We do NOT peform pre-anesthetic blood work. We require that you bring a satisfactory report of pre-anesthetic blood work to the shelter on the day of your scheduled surgery if your pet is 7 years of age or older.

Will the spay or neuter procedure change the personality of my dog?

Your dog has a personality all his or her own. Spaying or neutering will not alter the inherent personality of your pet. However, if you neuter your dog before he starts to mark his territory ("leg lifting"), you may reduce the chance that he will make marking a habit, which is helpful for you and your furniture. Some owners notice that their male dogs become less aggressive after neutering. This may be due to the decreased testosterone in the dog's system, which is usually noticed several months after surgery. But, we cannot guarantee that your dog will become less aggressive after he is neutered. Each dog and situation is different.

Can you spay a dog that is in heat? How can I tell if she is in heat?

Dogs who are in heat may show the following signs:

  • Discharge, first clear then red, then tannish color
  • Male dogs will be attracted to female dogs in heat
  • Sex organs may be swollen

Sometimes it is difficult to tell if your dog is in heat. It is preferable to spay your dog before her first heat to prevent certain cancers and the risk of pregnancy.

If you know that your dog is in heat, you must wait 3 weeks after her heat cycle before we can spay her at our clinic.

Can you spay a dog that is pregnant? How can I tell if she is pregnant?

We cannot spay a dog when she is visibly pregnant and whose milk has formed. You must wait at least one month after she weans her litter before we can spay her.

Sometimes it is difficult to determine if your dog is pregnant. If she is not visibly pregnant, we can spay her and her developing puppies will be removed during the spay procedure.

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