About the Surgery
- Is the surgery safe?
Yes, the clinic specializes in spay-neuter surgeries. We use modern equipment and quality materials and medicines. Your pet will be examined by our vet before surgery and closely monitored during all steps of surgery and recovery.
However, anytime an animal is put under anesthesia there is a slight risk. If your pet shows signs of illness or the vet discovers any issues during the exam, we will not perform the surgery and will refer you to a private veterinarian who has access to more diagnostic tools.
We strongly recommend that your pet is current on vaccines before it comes to the clinic for surgery. Furthermore, it is your responsibility to follow the pre-op and post-op instructions.
- Will my pet receive pain medication?
All patients receive an injection of a pain medication during surgery. This will offer pain management for 8 to 12 hours after surgery. We recommend a second (supplemental) medication for $7 that will extend pain management to approximately 30 hours. DO NOT give your pet any people medicines such as Aspirin or Tylenol for pain.
- How young or old can my pet be to have surgery?
We can operate on puppies and kittens as long as they are at least 8 weeks old and weigh 2 pounds. The young animals have very small incisions and recover quickly! For more information about when to spay/neuter your pet, visit http://whentospay.org/.
If your pet is over 8 years of age, we will perform surgery but will require a signed consent form. Please call the clinic for more information.
- What if my female just had babies?
You must wait 2 weeks after the mother has stopped nursing her pups/kittens before having surgery. Please consider bringing the litter of pups or kits to the clinic for surgery before placing them in new homes.
- What if my female is pregnant or in heat?
We can perform surgery on a pregnant dog or cat at no extra charge. We can also perform surgery on female dogs and cats that are in heat. There is no need for them to wait.
- What vaccines are required?
We require that your pet have a current rabies vaccine. If you pet already has current rabies, bring proof such as a vet receipt with you to the appointment. A rabies tag is not proof.
We offer other vaccines at the time of surgery for $10. Please be aware that if your pet is not current on its booster vaccines, there is a chance that your pet be exposed to diseases while at the clinic. We maintain a very strict cleaning protocol but the risk of cross-contamination from a sick animal to your pet is present. For this reason, we recommend that your pet also be current on its vaccines as the clinic is not responsible for this kind of disease transmission.
- Do I take away food & water in preparation for the surgery?
Yes, you must take food away from your pet at 11:00 pm the night before surgery. It is fine if they have water. If your pet is 5 months of age or younger , please offer a small amount of food and water the morning of surgery.
- Why do I have to drop my pet off early in the morning?
In order for the clinic to do 30+ surgeries per day—and stop the cycle of overpopulation— all animal must be checked-in and examined in the morning and the medical team can get into a continuous rhythm. If you arrive after 9:00 AM your pet will be refused for the day and rescheduled.
- What happens if there is a problem after surgery?
All animals are re-checked by the vet prior to discharge. You must read and follow the post-op instructions. Read the pre-op and post-op instructions.
If your pet has an emergency after hours, call 405-343-7057. However, this emergency number is only for problems related to the surgery. You must speak to our clinic to make arrangements for the animal to be brought here. If you go see your own vet or go to an emergency clinic without speaking to us first, we will not be able to reimburse you for any charges that are incurred.
- Can I bring my pet in for annual vaccines?
We currently offer vaccine visits. While we are able to provide the yearly vaccinations and brief examination we are not able to diagnosis or treat any illness; if our licensed veterinarian notices anything that needs further examination we will refer to a full-service veterinarian in the metro. Please call 405-947-7729 for an appointment!
About the Clinic
- Why is the clinic needed?
In 2008, 28,000 animals entered the shelter in Oklahoma City and 17,600 were euthanized (put down). The solution to overpopulation includes education, adoptions and affordable access to spay/neuter services. We must decrease the number of unwanted animals entering our shelters by increasing the availability of spay/neuter.
If you have a relationship with a private veterinarian, we encourage you to visit your vet for the spay/neuter of your pet and ongoing wellness.
- How can the Clinic keep the prices so reasonable?
We are a non-profit and operate our clinic to offer affordable prices and still pay our bills. We do NOT use old equipment or cheap materials to save money; instead we do up to 35 surgeries per day (and 12,000 a year!) so our surgical process is streamlined and efficient. Also, since we offer only spay-neuter surgeries and limited vaccines, we do not need to carry other equipment, medicines or staffing that a full-service vet clinic would require.
- What else does the Oklahoma Humane Society do?
The Oklahoma Humane Society (OK Humane) is committed to ending needless euthanasia in Oklahoma. OK Humane works in collaboration with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division in our Adoption Program, the Community Cat Program and the ASPCA Partnership.
- What is the Humane Alliance?
The Humane Alliance is a spay-neuter clinic located in Asheville, NC. They have been operating a high-volume spay/neuter clinic for over 25 years and performed over 130,000 surgeries. With sponsorship from PetSmart Charities and the ASPCA, Humane Alliance developed the National Spay-Neuter Response Team (NSNRT) to mentor organizations in cities all over the country open high-volume clinics. The OK Humane Place Clinic is proud to be one of over 50 clinics part of the NSNRT.
Still have questions?
- I want my children to see the miracle of birth.
Children may learn about the birthing process in far simpler and less costly ways. Plenty of books, videotapes, CDs, and DVDs are available that portray the miracle of birth in a wide range of animals, providing a far greater appreciation of the process than can be gained through watching a single dog or cat deliver a single litter. Maybe even try a visit to a farm or a zoo if you’re interested in seeing a live delivery. Do your part by having your pet spayed or neutered. You’ll be saving more than just one life!
- If I find homes for my pets’ litters then I won’t contribute to the problem, right?
Wrong. Only a certain number of people want pets. So every home you find for your pet’s offspring takes away a home from a loving animal already at a shelter.
- Doesn’t spaying and neutering interfere with nature?
Domesticated dogs and cats are completely dependent on humans. It’s our responsibility as their guardians to make sure the number of companion animals born doesn’t exceed the number of available homes.
- Should my female dog be allowed to have one litter?
There’s no reason for a female dog to have even one litter. It won’t make her a better companion, and it will increase the likelihood that she will develop mammary cancer. Spaying a dog before she goes into heat even once greatly reduces the risk of her developing mammary cancer.
- Will spaying or neutering make my pet fat?
Removing the ovaries or testicles does affect metabolism. For this reason, spayed or neutered pets will tend to put on weight more easily if permitted to overeat. The important phrase here is “if permitted to overeat.” The diet of every cat and dog should be carefully regulated to prevent him/her from becoming overweight.
- Will it change my pet’s intelligence or disposition?
Only for the better. Spaying and neutering have no effect on intelligence. Most spayed and neutered pets tend to be gentler and more affectionate. They become less interested in other animals and spend more time interacting with their owners.
- When should my pet have the operation?
Generally speaking, as early as possible. Pets don’t understand the concept of “planned parenthood” and as soon as your pet becomes sexually mature, he/she is capable of producing a potentially unwanted litter. Although traditionally veterinarians have recommended spaying/neutering around 6 months of age, prepubertal (8 to 12 weeks of age) spaying/neutering has gained increasing support among veterinarians. Most veterinarians recommend that females be spayed before their first estrus or “heat” period to maximize the procedure’s cancer-sparing benefits. Because all pets are individuals, talk to your veterinarian about the best time to neuter your particular pet.
- Is the operation painful?
Spaying or neutering is performed under general anesthesia and, therefore, your pet does not feel pain during the procedure. After surgery there may be some discomfort, but this is part of the normal healing process, does not last long, and can be controlled with medication.