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SPAY/NEUTER FAQ

 

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT FOR SPAY-NEUTER SURGERY?

  • Kittens and puppies must be at least 4 months old and weigh two pounds to be eligible for the transport and surgery, otherwise, the APL will refuse the surgery.

  • Old dogs and cats (age 8 years and over are not eligible)

    • Pets with heart or breathing issues should not go on the transport. The client should call APL directly and talk to them. 217-789-7729

    • Pets with seizures or travel anxiety requiring drugs should not go on transport. The client should call APL directly and talk to them. 217-789-7729

    • Pets 8 years and older are considered senior and are not eligible for transport. The client should take them to a veterinarian for spay-neuter surgery

IS MY OUTDOOR CAT A FERAL CAT?

  • Outdoor and barn cats are $25. Clients must agree to ear-tip in order to get the reduced price-otherwise they must pay the full price. Indoor cats do not qualify.

  • A cat that avoids humans, cannot be picked up or handled, requires a trap to catch the cat, and/or will cause serious injury to people, and APL staff when they try to handle it is considered feral.

  • Feral cats must come to transport in a live trap covered with a sheet.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE FERAL CAT PRICE?

  • Surgery, 3-yr Rabies vax, 3-yr Distemper vax, ear mite/flea treatment, and mandatory ear-tip.

ARE FERAL CATS, OUTDOOR CATS, AND BARN CATS REQUIRED TO HAVE A COUNTY RABIES TAG?

  • These cats are considered “unowned” cats and for liability, reasons do not have to be tagged and registered with the county.

MY DOG OR CAT IS AGGRESSIVE. HOW IS THAT HANDLED?

  • You load your dog or your cat into the carrier by yourself. We can bring a borrowed carrier out to your car on transport morning if it is safer

  • Red caution tape is put on the carrier

  • APL veterinarians will sedate the dog or cat while in the carrier and then perform surgery and other treatments you requested.

WHERE DO I FIND THE TRANSPORT?

  • Drive all the way around to the back of the Lincoln Big R by the loading docks. An HSLC volunteer is normally in the back to greet and guide you.

  • Please do not block the driveway or the red doors next to the loading docks.

  • Big R is located at 1501 Woodlawn Road across from Walmart

WHAT VACCINATIONS ARE REQUIRED?

  • Only Rabies for both dogs and cats unless under 4 months old at the time of transport

  • It is highly recommended to vaccinate against other diseases such as Canine Distemper and Feline upper respiratory diseases before transport, but not required. Should consider it for indoor/outdoor or outdoor pets.

  • Vaccinations are cheaper than trying to treat the problems caused by viral infections

I HAVE PROOF OF A CURRENT RABIES VACCINATION, BUT I CAN’T FIND IT. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

  • Go to your veterinarian and ask for a copy of your pet’s medical records or rabies certification that shows proof of rabies within the last year

  • We will ask you to show the proof when you drop your pet off, so have it ready

WHAT HAPPENS IF I FORGET TO BRING CURRENT PROOF OF RABIES WITH ME WHEN I DROP OFF MY DOG OR CAT?

  • You will be required to purchase a rabies vaccine from APL for an additional $10.00 when you drop off your pet

  • Logan County residents must also purchase a rabies registration and tag for an additional $15.00 when the pet is dropped off

  • We will often call your veterinarian when you arrive for verbal confirmation

CAN MY DOG OR CAT GO ON THE TRANSPORT WITHOUT PROOF OF CURRENT RABIES VACCINATION?

  • Yes, but you will be required to purchase a rabies vaccine from APL for an additional $10.00 when you drop off your pet

  • Logan county residents must also purchase a rabies registration and tag for an additional $15.00 when the pet is dropped off

  • Puppies and kittens under 4 months old (16 weeks) do not have to have Rabies to go on the transport. They will be marked as “too young for Rabies”. The client will be responsible for visiting a veterinarian or an APL low cost vaccination event for Rabies when the pet is old enough. Or the client can wait until the pet is four months old to send it on the transport. The pet can have the surgery and get its Rabies vaccination at the same time

  • It does not harm the pet to have the Rabies vaccination at age 15 weeks.

MY FEMALE DOG OR CAT IS IN HEAT.  CAN SHE STILL GO ON THE TRANSPORT?

  • APL will spay females in heat.

  • You will have to keep her away from intact males for two weeks after the surgery.

  • It does not cost extra

  • There is a slight added risk to surgery

MY FEMALE DOG OR CAT IS PREGNANT. WILL THE APL TERMINATE PREGNANCIES?

  • Once a female arrives at APL and it is discovered she is pregnant-the pregnancy will be terminated. APL will not seek your permission to do so.

  • There is added risk to surgery.

  • There is no added charge for a pregnancy spay

  • If you are not sure about this please take some time to consider.

MY FEMALE DOG/CAT IS STILL NURSING PUPPIES/KITTENS. CAN THE BABIES GO ON THE TRANSPORT WITH THEIR MOTHER?

  • The babies must be able to survive up to 72 hours without their mother

    • She will not be able to nurse them for at least 48 hours after surgery to avoid complications and infection

  • ​Wait until the babies are weaned and able to survive without their mother, and then call for a reservation on the next transport.

WILL NEUTERING MY CAT STOP THE SPRAYING?

  • Depending upon how old the cat is when he is neutered, and how ingrained the urine marking habit is, it looks like about 90% of male cats will stop spraying within six months of being neutered.

  • The client should regularly clean the urine marked spots with a pet-specific enzymatic cleaner, keep litterboxes clean, and use a clumping, unscented litter. Proper and thorough cleaning is key!

WILL SPAYING OR NEUTERING MY CAT MAKE THEM STOP HUNTING MICE?

Cats who hunted before the surgery usually continue to hunt after the surgery.

WHAT DEWORMER DOES THE APL SEND HOME WITH THE PET?

  • A liquid mix of Pyrantel and Praziquantel for hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms.

  • The first dose is given when the pet arrives home and the second dose two weeks later

  • The APL does not give the dewormer day of surgery because the pet will just throw it up

  • The dewormer is dosed by weight of the animal and client pays the HSLC for it on the morning of pickup

WHAT FLEA TREATMENT DOES THE APL USE ON MY PET?

  • Cross block for cats (similar to Advantage II) for $5.00

  • Vectra 3D for dogs (fleas and ticks) $10.00

  • Flea treatment is applied at the APL if fleas are seen.

DO MICROCHIPS HAVE GPS CAPABILITIES?

  • They do not have GPS capabilities.

HOW CAN I LEARN IF MY PET IS ALREADY MICROCHIPPED?

  • Take the pet to a veterinarian who will use a scanner to locate the chip and the chip number

  • Take pet to a local animal control who will use a scanner to locate the chip and number

  • Take pet to a local animal shelter or humane society who will use a scanner to locate the chip and number

I NEED TO BORROW A CARRIER FOR MY DOG OR CAT. WHERE CAN I GET ONE?

  • Borrow one from someone you know

  • HSLC will loan you a carrier for no added charge and we will have it waiting for you transport morning

DOES APL EVER CANCEL A TRANSPORT?

  • No. APL only cancels a transport if IDOT closes the interstate because of severe ice and snow.

HOW MANY ANIMALS PER KENNEL?

  • One animal per kennel. We have kennels for loan if needed.

WHAT TIME IS MONDAY DROP-OFF?

  • Between 7:15-8:15 a.m.

  • The transport van usually arrives by 8:15 or earlier

WHAT TIME IS TUESDAY PICK-UP?

  • Tuesday pick-up starts at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until approximately 9:00 a.m.

  • The transport team must do several things before you will be given your pet

    • ​Unload the van and organize animals

    • Sort and process paperwork