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Frequently Asked Questions

Are the Veterinarians & Staff experienced?
The Veterinarians & Staff are licensed & trained. The clinic has performed over 30,000 surgeries & uses only the best equipment & materials. The low cost is to make it affordable to the public. Donations accepted.

How old does my pet need to be in order to be spayed or neutered?
The age requirement for surgery is 8wks & 2lbs. Most health & Behavioral benefits occur if altered before 6 months of age.

How frequently will my dog or cat go into heat?
Dogs go into heat about every 6 months & last about 2 weeks.
Cats seem to be in heat all the time. They generally start at 6 months of age.

Can litter mates get pregnant?
Yes. They can create their own litters. You don’t want that to happen.

How long after my dog has puppies can she be spayed?
As soon as the litter is weaned. Usually about 6 – 8wks after birth.

Does my pet have to be current on its vaccines in order to have surgery?
It is recommended that the vaccines be current but it is not required.

Will my pet’s behavior change after surgery?
Your pet’s behavior will not change except that male dogs & cats will be less likely to fight, roam & females will no longer go into heat.

Top Ten Reasons to Spay & Neuter

  1. Reduces risk or eliminates certain types of cancers (prostate, testicular, mammary, ovarian & uterine)
  2. Reduces desire to roam. (7 out of 10 dogs hit by car are unaltered males)
  3. Eliminates risk of deadly uterine infection pyometria
  4. Reduces number of animals euthanized at shelters
  5. Less likely to be injured in fights
  6. Reduces marking territory
  7. Increases life expectancy 3 – 5 years
  8. licensing fees are less expensive
  9. Helps reduce risk of infectious diseases
  10. Eliminates heat cycles

Vaccine Protocol

K-9 Vaccines

D.H.P.P (DA2PPv) Canine Distemper-Adenvirus Type 2 Parainfluenza-Parvo Vaccine, Modified Live Virus.  Administered at 8wks, 12wks, 16wks & annually.

Bordetella (Inta-Trac-II) Canine Parainfluenza-Bordetella Bronchiseptica Vaccine, Modified Live Virus. Administered any time after 8wks of age then annually.

Corona (Cv) Administered any time after 8wks, Modified Live Virus.

Rabies (Rabvac 3) Administered at 16wks, 1 year, & then every three years, Killed Virus

Giardia (Giardia Lamblia)  Administered at 8wks or older & followed up with second dose 3-4wks after first vaccine. Administered Annually after boosters. Killed Protozoa.

Lyme – Administered at 8wks or older & followed up with second dose 3-4wks after first vaccine. Administered Annually after boosters

Feline Vaccines

F.V.R.C.P – Feline Rhinotracheitis – Calici – Panleukopenia – Chlamydia Psittaci Vaccine, Modified Live Virus & Chlamydia. Administered at 8wks, 12wks, 16wks & then annually.

FeLV (Fevaxyn) Administered after 8wks of age & then annually. All cats must be tested for Leukemia before being administered the vaccine.  Killed Virus

Rabies (Rabvac 3) Administered at 16wks, 1 year, & then every 3 years. Killed Virus.

Only healthy animals without history of reactions should be vaccinated.
Pregnant animals can only be administered the Rabies Vaccine. No other vaccines can be administered until after birth.

 For more information about the vaccines contact Schering-Plough Animal Health at 1-800-224-5318 or

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