Spay/Neuter Surgery: What to Expect

ntQ: HOW DO I REQUEST A SPAY/NEUTER SURGERY?

A: You can request a donated surgery HERE. If you have trouble with the webform, send a text and we'll try to troubleshoot.

TEXT: 510-414-6461  

Pit bulls get priority, and we'll send you a confirmation if you're pre-registered. If you don't receive a response from us, you're welcome to text us to confirm your status, or show up on the day of the event to see if we have cancellations on that day. Supplies are limited, but we'll do our very best to help you connect with what you need for your dog.

Q: WHAT'S THE COST?

A: What can you afford to pay? We know spay/neuter surgeries can be quite expensive, which is one of the main reasons we started this program. BADRAP is a non-profit org and we pay the bills for these events, so whether you can pay $5 or $500, every amount allows us to bring these services to more dogs and dog owners in your community. Thank you!

Q: HOW LONG DOES THE SURGERY TAKE?

A: The spay surgery takes 20-30 minutes, and a neuter lasts about 10 minutes. However, it's a busy day and the veterinarians will decide in which order surgeries happen, so you can expect to wait some time before your dog is prepped for surgery, then you'll wait some more while your dog sleeps off the anesthesiar. In general, from registration until your dog wakes up may take several hours, depending on how many dogs show up and whether any dogs have complications or need extra procedures like tumor removal, etc. If you have time constraints, please let us know during registration.

Q: DO I STAY WITH MY DOG or LEAVE HIM WITH YOU?

A: You're welcome to do either. Many people choose to sit with their dog during the wait and can hold them while the vet staff sedates them before surgery. If you plan to stay, you might want to bring a lunch. If you choose to drop off your dog after you fill out your paperwork, we will call you once they're awake after surgery. We ask that you are no more than 20 minutes away from the event so that you can pick up your dog in a timely manner. 

Q: CAN A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER DROP HIM OFF FOR ME?

A: Yes! We just need to know in advance so we can email you a registration form to fill out and send with the person bringing your dog. In order to do the surgery, we must have consent from the dog’s owner, so it is important you fill out the paperwork and sign the forms. We still need the dog there at 10:00am for surgery registration, and we ask that whoever is picking up the dog be no more than 20 minutes away so that the dog can be picked up in timely manner. (We will call once the dog is awake and ready to go.)

Q: WILL IT HURT?

A: Your dog will get a pain blocker before the surgery, and he'll go home with pain meds. Many dogs don’t show any sign of discomfort post-surgery, although as the incision can be itchy as it heals. Your dog will go home with an e-collar to keep him or her from chewing or licking the surgery site and introducing it to germs. 

Q: WHAT IS THE RECOVERY LIKE?

A. Most dogs are still groggy from the anesthesia when they go home so you'll want to set up a safe, quiet place to rest, away from other dogs and children. Indoors is best since your dog's incision needs to stay clean and dry in order to heal correctly. He may or may not want a light meal the evening after the surgery. Male dogs and younger dogs tend to bounce back quickly - within a day in many cases - but you'll need to prevent them from rough housing for at least a week to 10 days. Females tend to experience more discomfort than males, so plan to baby her a bit. 

The most common complication we see after spay/neuter surgeries is infection at the incision site from licking, so tell your whole family to be vigilant about keeping your dog's cone on. If your dog destroys his cone or he's able to 'work around' it and lick his incision, you may need to buy a new one at your local pet food store. Duct tape does a great job holding beat up cones together if it gets damaged.

Q: MY DOG IS NOT A PIT BULL. CAN YOU STILL HELP ME?

A: Since we're pit bull advocacy group, pit bulls and pit bull mixes get priority. If you have something other than a pit bull, you're welcome to request a surgery just the same, or, come to the event and wait and see if there is no-show or an open slot. Check HERE for spay/neuter resources for non-pit bulls.

Q: WILL SOMEBODY THERE SPEAK SPANISH?

A: Sí! We try to have volunteers who speak Spanish at every event. ¡Amamos a nuestros amigos que hablan español!