For your convenience, our most common customer questions are answered right here.

What payment types do you accept?

We currently are only able to accept cash and money order. If using a money order, please make out to Dr. Dowty.

Do you spay cats in heat?

Yes, because during season cats are almost always in heat and our goal is to help control the cat population.

What is an ear notch/tip?

This is a procedure generally performed on feral cats to identify them as a spayed or neutered animal. For male cats we perform the procedure on the right ear and for female cats we perform the procedure on the left ear.

What time should I drop off/pick up my animal at the clinic?

If you are attending a clinic at the Kill Devil Hills location drop off time is between 9:30am-10:30am. Pick up time is between 5:00pm-5:30pm. If you need an earlier drop off time please let us know.

How are your surgery fees so low?

We are a non profit 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) and receive grant money as well as donations.  We are a husband (vet) and wife (vet tech) team and do not have the overhead that larger clinics have.

What if I have a problem after the surgery?

If the problem is related to the surgery, we will see your pet free of charge. Your regular vet will need to be contacted for illnesses or injuries not related to the surgery.

Will my pet have to have stitches removed?

Unless you are told otherwise, there won’t be any stitches to be removed.  There will be three layers of absorbent suture with the outer layer glued.

What is the recovery period?

The recovery period is about 7-10 days.  You need to restrict your pet’s activity and keep him or her indoors.  Keep a close watch on the incision and keep it dry.  No bathing or swimming for at least 2 weeks.

Do you use pain medications?

We give a local pain shot at the incision site, pain meds before surgery, and another one prior to going home.

Do you use anesthesia?

Yes, of course we do.  The comfort and safety of your animal is important to us.  Our patients are anesthetized with the safest anesthesia. They are also given a pre-anesthetic sedation.

Do you perform an exam on my pet before surgery?

We do a pre-op exam to be sure they are a good candidate for surgery.  If your pet is too fractious, the exam will be preformed under anesthesia. If your pet shows sign of illness, we may postpone surgery.

How should I transport my pets to you?

Cats will need to be in a carrier with their name on top of it. Please have a towel inside the carrier for the trip home.

How do I prepare my pet for surgery?

They will need water up until they come to us for surgery but food will need to be removed by midnight.

How do I sign up for your clinic?

We’ve made it very simple and everything you need is right here on our website. We must receive registration in order to put your pet on the list. Please email us at spayandneutertoday@gmail.com with any additional questions.

Do you declaw?

Absolutely not! Declawing is an amputation of a cat’s toes at the last joint.  Not only is the nail removed, but a part of the bone. It’s the equivalent of having the entire tip of your finger cut off at the first knuckle. It can turn your cat into a biter and a cat who won’t use the litter box. The shelters are full of declawed cats who have been relinquished for these reasons.  Please visit www.pawproject.org  if you would even consider this procedure.

Do you spay and neuter feral cats?

Yes, they need to be eating, drinking, and using the litter box. Please keep them inside in a comfortable environment for at least 3 nights after the surgery. The after care of a feral cat is just as important as a domestic cat.

Will my pet become overweight after being spayed or neutered?

Just like people, pets can become overweight when they eat too much and don’t get enough exercise.  An appropriate diet and the right amount of activity, will keep your pet slender and healthy.

At what age should my cat be spayed or neutered?

We like our cats to be at least 3 lbs or 14 weeks old.

I was told it was best for my pet to have one litter before spaying. Is this true?

No it is not true.  Having your pet spayed before coming into heat, greatly reduces the risk of mammary tumors and prevents other health problems, such as uterine infections.

Do I have to qualify for your clinic?

No, everyone is welcome regardless of income.

Where are you located?

We are conveniently located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

Dare County:
1201 W. Durham St.
KDH, NC 27948

I am not able to complete the online form. What should I do?

We encourage you to refresh your web browser or restart your computer in order to ensure you’re able to complete the online form and process payment. Otherwise, please email us to request an emailed form.

 

Have you read all of the FAQ but still have questions? Please email us your question at contact@spayandneutertoday.org. If your question is applicable to others we will add it to the FAQ page.