About Spaying and Neutering
What do "spay" and "neuter" really mean?
Female dogs and cats are spayed by removing their uterus and ovaries, and male dogs and cats are neutered by removing their testicles.
How can you charge so little?
Spay Okalahoma is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping control the pet overpopulation. As such, the organization seeks donations and grants from supporters including individuals and foundations, which help subsidize the full cost of operation. Additionally, fees charged for surgeries help offset expenses. Volunteers help staff the clinic, which contributes to limiting manpower expenses.
How long do they have to stay at the clinic?
Pets are brought to the clinic before 9am, and are ready to return home by late afternoon. What is the recovery time? Most pets will be doing well within 48 hours following surgery. Pet owners are given instructions regarding food, water, housing, and exercise for the best outcome following surgery.
Can animal organizations use Spay Oklahoma?
Yes, humane organizations throughout the area can make arrangements to use the clinic for spay and neuter of their animals prior to being placed for adoption, or they may refer adopting families who meet income guidelines to the clinic.
Who can use Spay Oklahoma's services?
Our aim is to reach individuals and families who are unable to access veterinary care for their pets, and whose pets are at risk of unwanted pregnancy and reproduction, and who will use these veterinary services when available at a reduced cost.
Who performs the surgeries?
All veterinarians performing surgery at Spay Oklahoma's clinic are licensed and practicing in Oklahoma and are experienced in the use of safe procedures for spaying and neutering of dogs and cats.
Will the surgery be painful for my pet?
Modern veterinary procedures and anesthetics offer no pain during surgery and only moderate discomfort afterwards. Your pet will be up and about after 24 hours, and will resume completely normal activity in about 48 hours. Most animals recover and heal much faster than people do.
How early can I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Modern veterinary medicine in cooperation with humane and animal interest groups are now offering spays and neuters to pets as early as 6 weeks of age. Most studies have concluded so far that there are no ill or developmental effects from this early procedure. And in fact some owners adopting pets from shelters (small puppies and kittens) are now able to adopt altered animals and not have to worry about the procedure at all. If possible females should be altered prior to their first heat cycle.
Won't my pets personality change?
If anything, your pets personality will change for the better. Females are more docile, and affectionate, and males are less likely to be aggressive or want to roam. Any way you look at it, the benefits of a longer healthier life and a more positive personality are a win-win situation for both you and the dog.