We Provide High-Quality Care to Ensure Animal Health and Safety
Part of being a responsible pet owner is the continued care of your furry friend. From spaying or neutering your pet to routine care, our top-notch veterinary team can work with you to provide the care your animal needs to thrive. Currently, we provide several veterinary services to pet owners.
Being proactive with your pet’s health can help ensure that your pet will be with you for a long time. When you schedule a spay or neuter surgery with us, we can provide several preventative care treatments for your pet. These can be vaccines, flea treatments, nail trims, etc. When you schedule your appointment with us, our staff can go over recommendations for your animal.
Microchipping Your Pet
It can happen in a flash. Your dog leaps over your backyard fence chasing a squirrel or your cat slips out the front door. Losing a pet can be stressful and leave you feeling helpless. To help ease some of this worry, we encourage all pet owners to microchip their pets. Microchipping your pet is a fantastic way to keep your pets safe and can help you quickly reunite with your pet if they are ever lost.
The whole microchipping process just takes minutes to do, and no appointments are needed. A small microchip (the size of a grain of rice) is inserted between your pet’s shoulder blades. This chip is linked to a microchip number that is linked to all of your contact information. It is standard for animal shelters and veterinary clinics to scan animals for microchips when they first come in as a found animal. If your pet ever goes missing and is brought to a shelter or veterinary office, they will find the microchip and will be able to contact you regarding your pet.
The cost to microchip is $20 per animal and must be paid at the time of service. You do not need to make an appointment; simply come to our main shelter during our regular business hours.
Common Veterinary Questions Answered
How much does it cost to spay or neuter my pet?
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton provides low-cost spay or neuter surgeries for owned cats and rabbits. At this time, we do not offer surgeries for dogs. For each cat, we charge a flat fee of $45 to spay or neuter them. For rabbits, we charge $95 per rabbit to have them spayed or neutered. You must show a certificate of proof that your animal has received its rabies vaccine during the time of surgery. If you are unable to do so, we can administer the vaccine for you during the time of surgery for an additional $12.
How do I schedule an appointment?
To schedule an appointment to have your pet spayed or neutered, contact us at (937) 268-PETS (7387), or you can fill out our Veterinary Services Inquiry Form above, and we will have someone reach out to you to schedule a time.
My pet needs emergency care, what should I do?
Why should I get my pet spayed or neutered?
Every year millions of unwanted dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens are euthanized due to there not being enough homes for all of them. As pet owners, you can directly help to reduce the number of unwanted animals in the United States by spaying and neutering your pets, along with protecting against some serious health problems and reducing unwanted behaviors associated with mating instincts.
An ovariohysterectomy or a typical “spay” involves removing the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and entire uterus in a female dog or cat. By removing these organs, it prevents her from being able to have litters and eliminates her heat cycle. During a heat cycle, dogs and cats may exhibit certain mating behaviors such as increased vocalization, frequent urination, and urine marking. Removal of the ovaries generally reduces these unwanted mating behaviors, along with preventing owner frustration. Early spaying of females can also protect them from some serious health problems such as uterine infections (pyometra) and breast cancer. Breast tumors are cancerous or malignant in approximately 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying before the first heat cycle offers the best protection against breast cancer in cats and dogs.
An orchiectomy or a typical “neuter” involves removing both testicles in a male dog or cat. Removal of the testicles eliminates his ability to reproduce and reduces his breeding instinct, making male cats and dogs less likely to roam from home or fight with other intact males. Unneutered dogs and cats are also more likely to urine mark their territory, mount people and inanimate objects, or be aggressive. Early neutering can reduce these behaviors in our pets. Neutering can also prevent testicular cancer and reduce the risk of some prostate problems.
Spaying and neutering are also very cost-effective! The cost of caring for a litter of puppies or kittens or an emergency surgery for a pyometra is much more expensive than the cost of a routine spay or neuter. The surgical procedure does not affect your pet’s intelligence or his or her ability to work, play, learn, or hunt. Many animals actually tend to be better behaved after being spayed or neutered, making them more desirable pets.
By spaying and neutering your pets, you can do your part to help prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens. Please consult with your veterinarian on when is the appropriate time to spay or neuter your dog or cat, and for any further questions or concerns regarding spay and neuter.
Why are vaccinations important?
Vaccinations are an important part of preventive care because they prevent the spread of disease or illness in our animal populations. A vaccine is a product designed to trigger the body’s protective immune response by stimulating the production of antibodies that will identify and destroy disease-causing organisms that enter the body. Vaccines can provide immunity against a variety of diseases and will also lessen the severity of disease or prevent the disease altogether when an animal has been exposed.
Reasons to vaccinate your pets:
- Vaccines prevent many animals from developing certain illnesses, such as parvovirus or distemper.
- Vaccines can help avoid costly treatments for diseases that can be prevented with vaccination (ex: parvovirus).
- Many diseases that can be passed between animals (ex: parvovirus, distemper, panleukopenia, etc.) and from animals to humans (ex: rabies and leptospirosis) can be prevented with vaccinations.
- Many state and local ordinances require vaccination of household pets (ex: rabies).
- Vaccinations protect your pet from contagious and deadly diseases and increase your pet’s quality of life.
As with any medical treatment, there are some associated risks, but the risks of vaccinations should be weighed against the benefits of protecting your pet and family from potentially deadly diseases. Most side effects from vaccinations in animals are mild and short-term. These side effects often will develop shortly after vaccination, and some may last for 24 to 48 hours. Mild side effects from vaccinations seen in animals include pain or swelling at the injection site, decreased activity or appetite, and sneezing or “snotty nose” if an intranasal vaccine is administered. More severe but less common side effects, such as allergic reactions, include swelling of the muzzle, face, eyes, or neck, hives or bumps visible over the skin, difficulty breathing, and collapse. These side effects are potentially life-threatening and if your pet develops any of the listed symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.
For most pets, vaccination is an effective means of preventing future diseases or lessening the severity of clinical signs associated with that disease. Following the vaccination schedule provided to you by your veterinarian is important in making sure there is no potential gap in protection. Please contact your veterinarian for any further questions regarding vaccinations.
What sort of preventative care should I do for my pet?
Preventive healthcare refers to a combination of services done by your veterinarian to assess your pet’s overall health status, prevent the spread of disease, and increase your pet’s quality of life. Basic preventive veterinary care includes an annual examination by a veterinarian, vaccinations, laboratory diagnostic testing, routine spay/neuter, and heartworm/flea/tick prevention. Dental care, nutrition, and behavioral enrichment or training are also often incorporated into preventive care.
It is recommended that most animals have a physical exam at least once a year. However, more frequent visits may be necessary depending on if your animal is older or has any health issues. Just like people, animals have ranges in what is considered “normal” for them. By having an exam done yearly, the veterinarian can detect changes in your pet’s health earlier and may prevent some disease processes before they become a problem.
Vaccinations are also an important aspect of preventive care because they help prevent the spread of disease. Every dog and cat should receive core vaccinations at the time of their annual exam. For dogs, these vaccinations include rabies, canine distemper virus, canine parvovirus, and canine adenovirus. Other non-core vaccinations like Bordetella, canine influenza, Lyme disease, and leptospirosis will be recommended by your veterinarian based on your dog’s lifestyle and disease risk. Core vaccinations for cats include rabies, feline panleukopenia, feline herpesvirus, feline calicivirus, and for kittens, feline leukemia.
Feline leukemia is considered a non-core vaccination in adult cats and therefore is only given to cats at risk based on their lifestyle.
Along with vaccinations, every dog and cat should receive an annual fecal or stool analysis for intestinal parasites. Many intestinal parasite eggs and larvae live naturally in the soil, so our pets can easily become infected when they go outside for walks, play, or bathroom breaks. It is also important to remember that some of the intestinal parasites our animals can be infected with are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted to humans. Roundworms and hookworms are intestinal parasites that can readily infect humans, and both are screened for during a fecal examination. Annual heartworm testing is also recommended for all dogs, along with monthly heartworm prevention. Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes, and it takes 6 months after a dog was bitten to detect the disease. Due to this long lifecycle and lapse in time to get a diagnosis, monthly heartworm prevention is recommended to be given year-round. Screening for feline leukemia and feline HIV is recommended in cats based on age, lifestyle, and disease risk. Lastly, year-round flea, tick, and intestinal parasite prevention are recommended for both dogs and cats. Both fleas and ticks can cause a variety of diseases and health problems in our furry friends, such as flea allergies, tapeworms, Lyme disease, and Ehrlichia.
Another important component of preventive care is routine spaying and neutering. Controlling the pet population is important, and surgically altering your pet can prevent unwanted litters of puppies or kittens. Spaying and neutering also prevent other health issues such as pyometra (infected uterus) and mammary cancer in females and prostate problems and testicular cancer in males. Undesirable behaviors resulting from hormonal urges are also eliminated if your pet is surgically altered.
Preventive care is an important aspect of your pet’s medical care, and your veterinarian will determine what is appropriate for your pet in each of the above categories. Please discuss with your veterinarian which areas of preventive care are important and recommended for your pet.
I need to put my pet down. Do you offer this service?
Since the Humane Society of Greater Dayton is a no-kill animal welfare facility, we do not euthanize upon request for owned animals. We recommend talking with your local veterinarian to do this service.
We do provide cremation services through a third-party partner. If you would like this service, we ask you to come through our main shelter’s front office, fill out paperwork, and pay for the service. We will then have you drive to our back area, where we can assist you with your pet. All animals must be in non-see-through plastic bags. Most veterinarians will help prepare your animal properly. We’ll then take your animal from you, and our partner crematorium will pick them up. Owners can choose whether they want the cremains back or if they would like them to be spread on a nature preserve in Columbus. If you do want your beloved pet’s remains, you can purchase one of two containers to have them returned in. We have both options available to show you at our front desk. The price of these services is based on your pet’s weight.