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Why should I choose you?
We are a High Quality High Volume Spay and Neuter clinic (HQHVSN). Dr. Hancock and Dr. Potter together have performed over 70,000 spays and neuters. Cumulatively, our veterinarians, certified veterinary technicians, and receptionists bring over 30 years of experience in spay and neuter services to our practice. This kind of specialization allows us to perform the highest quality surgery at a lower cost to you. We consider ourselves to be leading experts in our field.
Here at The Spay & Neuter Center of New Jersey, we understand how busy you are and that you have taken time out of your day to make a commitment to your pet's health. We strive to accommodate your needs and make the day as stress free as possible for both you and your pet. If you need anything from us, just ask! We are here to help.
Do I need to spay or neuter my cat or dog?
No, but you should. Spaying and neutering your pet is the most effective plan we have to combat pet overpopulation. At least 3 million dogs and cats in shelters are euthanized every year. Every time a dog or cat has a litter, it is contributing to the problem. The sad reality is that there are not enough homes for all of them. We are tackling the pet overpopulation problem one surgery at a time.
There are also several health benefits for your pet. If you have a female dog, you will eliminate the risk of uterine and mammary infections. If you spay your dog early in life (before 1st or 2nd heat), you have almost entirely eliminated her risk of mammary cancer. If you have a male, you have eliminated or reduced the risk of prostate infection, testicular cancer, certain kinds of growths and hernias, roaming, aggressive behaviors, and inappropriate urination. Please refer to ASPCA's 10 Reasons to Fix Your Pet.
Is it safe?
Yes. It is safe. However, any procedure has risk of complications. Although risk is extremely low for spay and neuter surgery, it still exists. Here at The Spay & Neuter Center of New Jersey we have some of the most experienced spay and neuter surgeons and supporting staff in the area. Your pet is in the best of hands. Should a complication arise, our team is the best qualified to handle your pets' needs with both compassion and expertise.
How soon can my pet have the procedure?
The Spay & Neuter Center of New Jersey is a proponent of pediatric spay and neuter. This guideline is supported by the ASPCA and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. This means that we will spay or neuter any dog or cat that is over 2 lbs or 2 months of age and is weaned. It is a shorter procedure for our pediatric patients and they recover much more quickly. However, if you have any specific concerns, please discuss them with your veterinarian. For more information, click here.
Do you perform a physical exam prior to the procedure?
Yes. Every animal is examined by a veterinarian for overt signs of illness, respiratory, or cardiovascular problems prior to the procedure. The only exception to this rule are feral cats, who are still visually inspected by the veterinarian for signs of illness prior to anesthesia.
How do you know my pet is healthy enough to have anesthesia and surgery?
Your pet should have been previously examined and given a clean bill of health by your local veterinarian. In addition to that, we do not accept patients over 5 years of age without recent bloodwork and record of a recent physical exam from your veterinarian. This is something that can be done on premises prior to the pet's surgery- just call us to schedule. On the day of your pet's procedure, we will take a brief history and perform a physical exam prior to anesthesia and surgery. These steps all help ensure that your pet is a good candidate for the procedure.
What if my pet has a complication?
Although the complication rate for spay and neuter surgery is very low, it can happen even if you follow all of the discharge instructions correctly. Fortunately, most complications from spay and neuter are not life-threatening, and they usually do not require additional surgery. If you have any questions or concerns about your pet's recovery, you can call us and schedule a recheck during our regular business hours. We do not charge for recheck exams; only for additional medications as needed. If it is after hours, please email us or leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. The majority of the time, the doctors are able to answer your questions through email and assess if your pet needs to come back in for a recheck. Should a complication occur, your pet is in the best of hands with us.
Do you offer non-surgical neutering?
Not at this time. Recently, a new product called Zeuterin has been labeled for male dogs. It is zinc based, and kills testicular tissue with a small injection. We do believe this product holds great promise in the future. However, it is not without side effects and does not eliminate the need for your dog to be sedated. The procedure also preserves more testosterone, which may be a detriment to dogs with testosterone related behavioral problems (marking territory, roaming,etc.) There is long term data for up to 5 years, but we would like to review further investigations before we recommend it or offer it in our clinic.
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