Why should you spay or neuter your pet?
It is hard to believe that MILLIONS of cats and dogs are euthanized in animal shelters every year. Thousands of kittens and puppies are born every hour and the fate of most of these adorable animals is tragic. Fortunately, YOU can help eliminate this problem by spaying or neutering your pet.
AACMC encourages the early spay/neuter of kittens and puppies. It is not only safe for most pets but these youngsters tend to bounce back faster than older cats and dogs! Pyometra is a severe uterine infection that can threaten the life of unspayed female dogs OR cats.
Female dogs left intact have about a 50% chance of developing mammary cancer. The hormonal fluctuations during "heat" cycles make them susceptible to cancer. About 40% of this breast cancer is malignant, meaning it will spread to other areas of the body. By spaying dogs before their first heat cycle, the chance of breast cancer decreases significantly.
Intact male dogs have their own health problems. Many develop prostate infections that can be very difficult to treat. About 50% of these male dogs form tumors in their testicles. While few are malignant, the treatment is still castration. Unspayed female cats are also prone to mammary cancer. About 95% of mammary growths are malignant in cats.
Intact male cats don't get prostate or testicular disease as frequently as dogs but the production of testosterone by their testicles creates its own problems. The want to fight, establish territory, and roam to find females. This puts them at high risk for developing abscesses from fighting or for contracting serious viral infections. Often they are more likely to spray urine as territory marking.
Spay/neuter is the best and most humane way in dealing with the current animal overpopulation, and AACMC is delighted to be able to offer this service to the community.
AACMC holds weekly clinics for altering of cats (Feral, stray, shelter and cats of qualifying owners). We accept cash or money orders. Please call 609-465-6388 for more information or to make an appointment.
AACMC has a spay/neuter subsidy program for dogs of qualifying owners. The altering is performed at the office of participating veterinarians in our community. Please call 609-465-6388 for more information or to make an appointment.
Free Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) help is ongoing for those who need it - as long as funds are available. Seminars on TNR is offered free of charge for groups of 10 – 15 people.
Please call 609-465-NEUT for information on upcoming seminars.
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All of AACMC's Clinic surgeries are performed by Dr. Matt Schwert, who has a B.S. in
Animal Science (1996) and a D.V.M. (2000) from Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Schwert is proficient in high volume spay/neuter and has performed over 10,000 alterings! Volunteers at the clinic find Dr. Schwert to be not only skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate but he possesses a wonderful sense of humor, too!
ALL CATS $55 INCLUDING RABIES** VACCINATION
Distemper Vaccination: +$15
Cryptorchid Male (Non-Descended Testicles): +$25
Nail Trim: no charge
Ear Tipping: no charge
FIV/FELV Combo Test: +$35
Flea/Tick Treatment with Advantage or Frontline: +$15
Ear Mite Treatment: +$10
**Note: Rabies vaccination is mandatory unless caretaker can show proof that vaccination is current.