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Castration (Neuter)

Neuter Service

The term "neuter" applies to surgically making both females and males incapable of reproducing, with spay the term used for neutering females and castration used for neutering males. Because of the "social reluctance" to use the term castration, most people use the word, neuter, when referring to males. 

Benefits of the surgery include eliminating the potential for breeding and reducing the incidence of different types of cancers related to the reproductive tract (testicular, for example). Behaviorally, neutered males show a reduced incidence of urine marking, roaming and mounting behaviors. 

Your pet will require a current exam (within a year of the procedure and may need pre-operative blood testing (required in pets over 3 years of age and optional for younger pets). They also need to be current on Canine Distemper and Rabies vaccines (dogs) and Feline Distemper and Rabies vaccines (cats). Your pet will be dropped off in the morning between 8 and 8:30 AM so that we can meet with you and discuss the procedure. Surgery is done in the morning with your pet released in the afternoon after complete recovery. Pain relieving medication will be administered during the procedure and dispensed for you to administer at home. 

Your pet will have an intravenous (IV) catheter placed with IV fluids administered during the procedure.
Your pet will be monitored by a trained assistant as well as monitoring using an Electrocardiogram unit and a pulse oximeter (monitors oxygen levels)

Your pet will receive Isoflurane inhalation anesthesia. This is a very safe and easily adjusted anesthetic agent that allows rapid adjustment of anesthetic depth and rapid recovery. 

Your pet will have its body temperature controlled with a Baer warm air body heating unit.


Neutering Estimated Fees (dogs)

The following fees represent fees for dogs under 1 year of age. Contact the office to receive an estimate if your pet is older than a year of age. Neutering fees are based also on the size of your pet and this is represented by the ranges listed below. In addition, the fees show two values. One includes lab testing and the other is without. This choice will be asked of you when you arrive for your appointment. 


Dog's Weight Fee W/O Lab Testing Fee with Lab Testing
0-49 lbs $261.80 $332.36
Greater than 50 lbs $290.20 $360.76

Neutering Estimated Fees (cats)

The following fees represent fees for cats under 1 year of age. Contact the office to receive an estimate if your pet is older than a year of age. As listed for dogs, the fees show two values. One includes lab testing and the other is without. This choice will be asked of you when you arrive for your appointment. 

Fee W/O Lab Testing Fee with Lab Testing
$214.83 $320.72