BENEFITS OF SPAYING and NEUTERING
1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying before her first heat offers the best protection.
2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.
Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
3. Your spayed female won't go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat for 4-5 days every three weeks during breeding season. To advertise their readiness, they yowl and urinate frequently—sometimes all over your house!
4. Your male dog won't want to roam away from home. Intact males will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging under or climbing over a fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved. Neutered cats and dogs concentrate on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered animals mark their territory with strong-smelling urine both inside and outdoors. Some may even become aggressive – a problem not usually seen with early neutering.
6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat. Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding cause those extra pounds—not neutering. Keep your pet fit and trim with plenty of exercise and careful feeding.
7. It is highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the expense of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered pet escapes and gets into fights or is run over.
8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community. Stray animals pose a real problem. They prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna, and can endanger children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of roaming animals.
9. Your pet doesn't need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth. Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.
10. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation. Every year, nearly 4 million cats and dogs are euthanized or suffer as strays. This is the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.
1. No running, jumping, playing, swimming or other strenuous activity for 7 to 10 days. Keep your pet quiet. Pets should be kept indoors where they can stay clean, dry and warm. No baths during the recovery period. Dogs should be walked on a leash and cats kept indoors.
2. Check the incision site twice daily. There should not be any drainage. Redness and swelling should be minimal. Do not allow your pet to lick or chew at the incision. If this occurs, an Elizabethan collar must be used. You can purchase one at any veterinary clinic or a pet store like Petsmart.
3. Appetite should return gradually within 24 hours of surgery. Lethargy lasting more than 24 hours post-op, diarrhea and/or vomiting are not normal in the recovery process. If they occur, immediately contact your regular veterinarian. Dogs may have a slight cough for a few days after surgery due to the endotracheal tube used for anesthesia.
4. Do not change your pet's diet, feed junk food, table scraps, milk or any other "people food" during the recovery period. This could mask post-surgical complication symptoms
5. Please call the MTSNC office at (931) 648-5353 if there are ANY questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period. If after hours, contact your regular veterinarian or Animal Medical Center at (615) 867-7575.
6. Your pet received a green tattoo next to their incision. This tattoo is a scoring process in the skin - not an extra incision. It is a common procedure in spay & neuter clinics to identify that an animal has been altered.
Contact your regular veterinarian for illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of surgery. Please call their office for an appointment as soon as you see cause for concern. MTSNC cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow post-op instruction or contagious diseases for which the animal was not previously properly vaccinated
Your pet received an anesthetic. Please keep him/her confined until full recovery. It takes a full 24 hours for the anesthesia to be out of your pet's system. Restrict water intake to small amounts when you first get home, especially if your pet drinks a lot of water at once. If he/she does vomit within 30 minutes of drinking, withhold everything for 2 hours and then try again. Restrict food intake to small amounts. Give 1/3 of the normal ration in the evening if there has not been any vomiting. Because the anesthetic can lower its body temperature, keep your pet warm and dry.
Middle Tennessee Spay And Neuter Clinic
846 Union St. Shelbyville, TN 37160
Our mission at the Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic is to help alleviate pet over population by providing affordable spay and neuter services for dogs and cats of qualifying owners and caretakers and to provide and promote education for the humane care and treatment of all animals.
Would You Like to Help?
Become a Volunteer!
Middle Tennessee Spay And Neuter Clinic is always seeking volunteers.
Donors continue to provide strong financial support to ensure that the Middle Tennessee Spay And Neuter Clinic reaches its goal of a World Without Pet Over Population. You may make a tax deductible charitable donation. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation!
Wish List: (In-Kind donations)
We are always in need of the following supplies.
• Distilled water
• 13 gallon garbage bags
• Paper towels
• Bath towels – new or gently used
• 39 gallon garbage bags
• Sandwich size zip top bags
• Laundry detergent
• Fabric softener sheets
• Postage stamps
• Business size envelopes
• Copy paper, 8-1/2 x 11
Wish List for Volunteers
• Fundraiser help – setting up, passing out literature, etc.
• Clinic help – sterilizing surgery instruments, help with laundry.