Spay / Neuter at Yolinda Animal Hospital

Keep Reading To Learn Why We Have More Favorable Reviews And/Or A Higher Overall Rating Than Any Other Local Spay / Neuter Facility!

Spaying and Neutering Prices

Dear Pet Lover,

There are many spay/neuter facilities in Orange County. Here’s why you should pick us:

  • Only we publish a list of spay / neuter safety precautions that we take for every pet, every day.
  • We make the spay / neuter process easy
    • Ask questions and make appointments by e-mail.
    • Free pet boarding the night before (if you need it).
    • Sunday appointments for the same price (if you can’t make it during the week).
    • Easy-to-follow take home instructions.
    • FREE incision rechecks if you have any questions afterwards!
  • We have more favorable reviews and/or a higher overall rating than ANY OTHER low cost spay/neuter facility. See right for some of the feedback that we’ve received.
  • Our veterinarians are NOT paid based on how much money they make. So, they do not have a financial incentive to add all kinds of unnecessary charges to inflate your bill.
  • We are almost the cheapest in Yorba Linda! (For any kind of surgical procedure, you don’t want the absolute cheapest…)
  • Pain medication is included. (Don’t pay extra or be told your pet ‘doesn’t need it’!)

Have a question? Contact us. All serious inquiries are guaranteed a swift reply, normally within a few hours.

Spaying and Neutering Prices

Note: Prices for Cesarean sections (C-sections) are significantly more and estimated on a case-by-case basis. Please call us at (714) 524-1156 for an appointment.

When To Neuter

We recommend male pets be neutered as soon as possible after they are five or six months old. (For some pets we may recommend you wait – please ask for more information.)

When To Spay

We recommend female pets be spayed as soon as possible after they are five months old.

Benefits of Spaying

  • Spaying stops female cats and dogs going into heat, which is messy, causes behavioral changes, and attracts males.
  • Spayed females cannot become pregnant.
  • Spaying reduces the risk of breast cancer and eliminates the possibility of uterine and ovarian cancer.
  • Spayed dogs are much less expensive to license than unspayed / unneutered (intact; unfixed) dogs – spay and you’ll save $76 EACH AND EVERY YEAR!
  • Spaying helps ease the problem of pet over-population.
  • Spaying eliminates the possibility of pyometra, a life-threatening infection of the uterus. A uterus with pyometra is full of pus and bacteria. The treatment is emergency spay, which must be done quickly if the pet is to be saved. Symptoms of pyometra include loss of appetite, vomiting, lethargy, and vaginal discharge.

Benefits of Neutering

  • Neutering reduces the risk of prostate cancer and eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer.
  • Males neutered at a young age are less likely to develop dominance or aggression-related behavior problems. If you wait, this behavior may not fully resolve after the procedure has been done (the behavior may become ‘learned’).
  • Neutering relieves your male pet of the constant urge to seek out and mate with a female in heat.
    Neutered dogs are much less expensive to license than unneutered (intact; unfixed) dogs – you’ll save $76 EACH AND EVERY YEAR!
  • Neutering help ease the problem of pet over-population.

What To Expect

On the day before the surgery:

  • We’ll call you to remind you of the appointment.
  • Do not give your pet anything to eat or drink after about 10 pm that night.

On the day of the surgery:

  • Drop your pet off between 8 am and 8:15 am. (If you’re running late, please call to let us know.)
  • We’ll call you when the surgery is done to let you know a time after which you can pick your pet up. Pets do not stay overnight, so the pick-up time will be in the mid-afternoon, although we don’t close until 6 pm so you have until then to pick up.
  • When you come, we’ll give you after-care instructions and answer any questions you may have.
  • For payment we accept cash and all major credit/debit cards, but not checks.

In the days after the surgery:

  • Follow the take-home instructions that we give you when you pick up.
  • Make sure your pet does not run, jump or lick at the incision for at least 10 days.
  • Do not bathe your pet or let her go swimming for at least 10 days.
  • Give the pain medicine we give you as prescribed.
  • You don’t have to come back to have the sutures removed (unless we tell you), but if the incision looks strange or you’re worried for any reason, call us right away. Incision rechecks are free!!

What Happens During the Spaying Procedure?

Spaying entails removal of the uterus and ovaries (“ovariohysterectomy”). Your pet’s abdomen will be shaved and scrubbed. An incision is made, and the three points where the ovaries and uterus attach are tied off and cut. The abdomen is checked for bleeding and two or three layers of stitches are placed to close the incision.

Should I Get My Dog Spayed Before Or After Her First Heat?

We recommend that all dogs be spayed before their first heat cycle, as if this is done their chances of developing mammary cancer later in life are approximately zero. After the first heat cycle this increases to 7% and after the second heat 25%! Hence, early spay can almost completely prevent mammary cancer, which is otherwise difficult and expensive to treat. (One treatment of mammary cancer is spaying.)

If a dog or cat is spayed during a heat cycle, the surgery can take longer as the uterus is swollen. Extra charges of $25-$100 apply, to reflect the extra work required.

What Happens During the Neutering Procedure?

Routine neuters usually take under 45 minutes (even less time for cats) to complete. An incision is made just in front of the scrotum, through which the testicles are removed. The stalks are tied off and cut. Then, the incision is closed.

What If My Pet Only Has One Testicle?

If a dog has one or more undescended testicles, he is said to be ‘cryptorchid’. Neutering of cryptorchid dogs is particularly important, because undescended testicles can become cancerous, or twist on their stalks and cause life-threatening inflammation.

Neutering of cryptorchid dogs is more complicated than a routine neuter because the undescended testicle(s) have to be physically located by the surgeon before they can be removed. Some exploration may be needed to find it, thus there is often an incision for each testicle. The retained testicle is sterile and under-developed. If there is one descended testicle it will be fertile, but since retaining a testicle is a hereditary trait, it is important that the male dog not be bred before he is neutered.

Cryptorchid neuters are more expensive than regular neuters by $50-$100, to reflect the extra work involved.

Here’s A Summary of the Safety Precautions We Take For Every Pet, Every Day

Before getting your pet fixed, make sure the facility they use take all of these very important safety precautions. Many low cost facilities do not, to save time and money.

  • Pre-surgical exam by experienced veterinarian.
  • Modern anesthetic protocols.
  • IV catheter INCLUDED – essential in the event of emergency.
  • IV fluids INCLUDED – to ensure proper hydration throughout the procedure.
  • Proper intubation – essential to maintain an airway.
  • Sterilized equipment that is NOT re-used between patients!
  • Sophisticated monitoring equipment: pulse, temperature, oxygen saturation, blood pressure and EKG are all recorded.
  • Antibiotic injection INCLUDED.
  • Pain medication INCLUDED.
  • Recovery from anesthesia actively monitored.

Note: to reduce the risk of contagious disease, all pets must be up-to-date on their vaccines. We can administer booster vaccines after surgery, but we will not spay or neuter pets that have never been vaccinated.