Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some questions/answers that we are frequently asked regarding spay and neuter. If you have additional questions that are not covered here, please feel free to give us a call at (707) 565-7100.
Q: What are the hours of the "love me fix me" mobile spay/neuter events?
A: Please see the "love me fix me" schedule page for the days, times and locations of the events.
Q: Do I need to have an appointment?
A: Yes. Patients are seen by appointment only, but occasionally we will have no shows and may be able to accept walk-ins.
How much does it cost?
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: Cash and checks.
Q: Can I make payments?
A: No. Payment is required at the time of service.
Q: Why should I spay or neuter my pet?
A: Spaying is the procedure used for female pets and neutering generally refers to the procedure used for male pets. These are ways of providing birth control for dogs and cats by removing reproductive organs. Through spaying or neutering, you can help your pet have a happier, healthier and longer life. In both cases the operation is performed while the pet is under anesthesia.
Q: At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?
A: Spaying or neutering can be done at approximately 2 months of age. Your pet is given an exam prior to surgery to help determine whether your pet is old enough, weighs enough and is healthy enough to undergo the surgical procedure.
Q: Is the anesthetic safe?
A: Yes. Today's modern anesthetic monitors have made surgery much safer than in the past. We do a thorough physical exam on your pet before administering anesthetics to ensure that a fever or other illness will not be a problem.
Q: Is it necessary to withhold food and water from my pet before surgery?
A: Yes. It is important that surgery be done on an empty stomach to reduce the risk of vomiting during and after anesthesia. You will need to withhold food for at least 8 to 10 hours before surgery.
Q: Will my pet have stitches?
A: Yes. We use absorbable sutures underneath the skin. These do not need to be removed because they will dissolve on their own.
Q: How long do the sutures stay in after my pet's surgery?
A: We use absorbing sutures that will dissolve in 10 to 14 days, but it is still very important to follow the surgery instructions given to you at the time you check out.
Q: Is it a good idea to let my pet have at least one litter?
A: No. There is no advantage to letting your pet have one litter. However there are plenty of advantages to having you pet spayed or neutered. These advantages include decreasing the chances of breast tumors later in life, decreasing the chance of cystic ovaries and uterine infections later in life, decreasing the desire to roam the neighborhood, decreasing the incidence of prostate cancer later in life, helping prevent spraying and marking and other behaviors associated with reproduction, and also decreases the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.
Q: Do you board pets?
A: No, we do not provide boarding. If your pet is not picked up on time, we will provide boarding space at the animal shelter on an emergency basis. However, you must pick your pet up at the shelter the next day and pay $18.50 for the one day of boarding. Additional charges of $18.50 per day will accrue if your pet is not picked up promptly.
For more information or to make an appointment, please call VIP Petcare Services at (800) 427-7973 or Sonoma County Animal Care and Control at (707) 565-7100.