Thank you for being a responsible pet owner and contacting FixFürLife to schedule an appointment for spaying or neutering your pet(s). You’re taking the first step to ensuring a healthier and happier life for your pet, and a healthier and safer community for us all.
Schedule a spay/neuter appointment
Setting an appointment is quick and easy:
- Complete the Appointment Request Form, or call us at 830.307.6019 and leave a message with your name, phone number, and information about your pet, including whether it is a dog or cat, male or female, age, breed and weight.
- Within 72 hours or less, an FFL coordinator will call you to find out more about your pet and to schedule a convenient appointment. The coordinator will follow-up with a confirmation email, including specific instructions for your pet and your voucher number.
- On the morning of the appointment, drop off your pet at the designated veterinary clinic during the times noted on your instruction email. Please note that FFL uses a rotating schedule for veterinarians, so we are unable to accommodate specific clinic requests.
- Your pet will be ready for pick-up the same day around 4:00 pm. The veterinary clinic will provide specific post-operative instructions for caring for your pet after surgery.
Can’t afford the cost of spay/neuter surgery for your pet? Financial assistance is available to families who qualify. Simply complete the Financial Assistance Form and either email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it off at the Hill Country SPCA, 2981 S Highway 16, Fredericksburg. Within 72 hours or less, an FFL coordinator will call you to find out more about your pet and to schedule a convenient appointment.
Services and fees
With the help and generosity of local veterinarians, FixFurLife is able to save Gillespie County residents up to 50% on the cost of a high-quality spay/neuter surgery. The standard spay/neuter package for owned pets includes*:
- Rabies vaccination
- Pain injection
* Low-income pricing is available for those who qualify. Please submit a completed Financial Assistance Form, and an FFL coordinator will contact you within 72 hours or less to discuss your specific needs.
Owned pets package pricing
Male up to 25 pounds – $75.00
Male 26 to 50 pounds – $90.00
Male 51 to 80 pounds – $100.00
Male over 80 pounds – $110.00
Female up to 25 pounds – $90.00
Female 26 to 50 pounds – $100.00
Female 51 to 80 pounds – $110.00
Female over 80 pounds – $120.00
Male – $45.00
Female – $55.00
Low-cost vaccinations and wellness services
FixFürLife also offers low-cost wellness services. Click here for pricing and details.
What to expect
On the night before surgery, do not feed your pet after midnight. This will prevent vomiting or diarrhea during and/or after surgery. Consider putting your pet in a quiet room the night before surgery, and provide water to keep him or her hydrated.
Your veterinarian will provide specific post-operative instructions for your pet. In general, you’ll want to be prepared for the following:
- Keep your pet quiet and confined for 7 to 10 days after surgery to prevent harm to the surgical area.
- Prevent your pet from licking the surgical area, which can cause infection. The vets can provide ideas and options for controlling this behavior.
- Keep an eye on the incision site, checking it once or twice a day for swelling, discharge or redness.
- After picking up your pet, you can give it a small amount of water. If there is no vomiting after 30 to 45 minutes, you can give your pet a small amount of food. Resume normal feeding on the day after surgery.
- Your pet will have been administered a pain injection by the veterinarian prior to check-out. The vet may also send the pet home with pain medications. Do NOT give aspirin, Tylenol or ibuprofen to dogs or cats—they can be deadly.
- No sutures will need to be removed; instead, the sutures are dissolvable over time.
- Do not bathe your pet for 10 days after surgery
Is the surgery painful?
Yes, the surgery is painful. However, your vet will provide your pet an effective pain medication that will last 24 hours after the surgery. If the vet feels that additional pain medication is necessary for a given pet, he or she will send the additional dose with instructions home with you.
Should we let our female pet have one litter before spaying her?
NO! Females should be spayed before the first (season) heat which usually occurs at around 6 months of age. This is very important because a female pet can become pregnant at this age. Pregnancy this early on will most likely result in the kittens dying early on due to the mother cat not being able to nurse or worse, birth defects resulting in seriously malnourished offspring. Spaying early prevents many health problems later including mammary tumors, uterine infections and uterine tumors. If a female is allowed to go in heat before spaying, those health issues will most likely surface in their life later because estrogen is stored in their system due to going in heat.
My pet just had a litter. When can I spay her?
If a mother has had a litter, they will need to nurse for 6 weeks. Only when a mother’s babies are eating on their own, should they be separated. It usually takes about 2 weeks of separation for the mother’s milk sacs to dry up but this must happen before the surgery. It is important to get her in as soon as they dry up as mother cats will most likely go into nursing heat and get pregnant again while nursing the first litter, and dogs can go into heat a couple of months after having the first litter.
How old should my pet be before I consider this type of surgery?
Pets as young as 12 weeks old undergo spay/neuter surgery. Younger pets tend to recover more quickly from the surgery than older pets and experience less pain following surgery than older pets.
Will this procedure cause my pet to become lazy or inactive?
No, your pet will not become lazy or inactive due to spay/neuter surgery. However, spaying or neutering your pet can resolve a variety of behavior problems. For example, male animals tend to become more mellow and less aggressive after being neutered.
What are the benefits of spaying or neutering my pet?
99% of all reproductive system problems can be eliminated and easily avoided by having your pet spayed/neutered early in life. With males, we recommend they be neutered before 9 months of age. If your pet has started spraying, you have waited too long! Also, it can spare the animal the fighting, infections and abscesses that are inevitable if your animal goes unneutered. Sterilized animals are also less likely to develop certain forms of cancer later in life.