C-SNIP offers a reduced-cost rate of $95/Dogs and $45/Cats. Your surgical fee covers: the spay/neuter procedure, intake exam, high-quality pain medications, anesthesia, and a nail trim (feral cats excluded).

No, C-SNIP is by appointment ONLY for all animals. 

At this time, we are only able to book out 1-2 weeks and our schedule is limited.  New appointments will be made available every Monday at 7:45am on our website.  We are experiencing extremely high demand due to being closed for several weeks, so please just keep checking back on Mondays until you get a space.  If you are looking to schedule more than 3 pets, a male pet with an undescended testicle, or a feral cat, please call the office at 616-455-8220.  Also, if you have tried online unsuccessfully for more than 3 weeks, please give us a call.  We appreciate your patience while we work to get caught up.

Check-in

GRAND RAPIDS: If your last name begins with A-M, arrive between 8:00 am-8:15 am.  If your last name begins with N-Z, arrive between 8:30 am-8:45 am.

LAKESHORE: If you are dropping off a dog, arrive between 8:00 am-8:15 am.  If you are dropping off a cat, arrive between 8:30 am-8:45 am

Pick-up
Our pick up times allow for the animals to recover from anesthesia and for our vet staff to perform final physical checks before they go home, so we are unable to release animals early. You will receive an email the day before your appointment with detailed aftercare instructions.

Dogs
Please pick your dog up promptly at 4:00 PM the day of surgery. Remain in your vehicle and a staff member will bring your dog out to you.
 

Cats
Please pick your cat up promptly at 7:30 AM the morning after surgery.  Remain in your vehicle and a staff member will bring your cat out to you.

​​​​​​C-SNIP does not declaw cats. If your cat must be declawed, we strongly recommend having the declaw procedure and the spay/neuter surgery performed at the same time at your private veterinarian.

Yes, but there is a slight, added risk with the procedure. Enlargement of the abdomen or mammary glands can interfere with the surgery and may cause some excessive bleeding. The pregnancy will be terminated at the time of surgery.

Most dogs experience a heat cycle every 6 months. The cycle lasts about 3 weeks. Cats experience the heat cycle an average of 3 times a year, although it can occur more frequently, particularly in the spring and summer. The cycle lasts 3 weeks. If cats are bred, they are almost assured of becoming pregnant

Dogs

It's possible to spay a dog in heat, but because there is increased risk of complications during surgery, we prefer to wait until she is out of heat. This usually takes 2-3 weeks. Please talk to us if your dog is in heat and at risk of pregnancy.

Cats

Yes. There is a high risk that she will become pregnant if we wait until she is not in heat.

The longer the spraying behavior goes on, the less likely that spay/neuter alone will completely stop it. Additional behavior training and medications are sometimes necessary. However, eliminating the sex hormones through spay/neuter is the first step to eliminating undesirable behavior.

​​​​​​Spaying and neutering eliminates the drive to find a mate, which helps make your pet more trainable and relaxed. However, training is always an essential part of addressing behavior issues.

​​​​​​C-SNIP's primary focus is to proactively prevent and alleviate overpopulation by spaying and neutering dogs and cats. We do not offer rescue, adoption, or sheltering service.

Every time one more cat or dog is neutered, the problem of over-population is eased. The nearly 160,000 surgeries performed by C-SNIP have prevented the birth of puppies and kittens with little chance of survival, much less placement in a safe and caring home. It is difficult to measure C-SNIP's specific regional impact since our service is used by caretakers from all over Michigan.

C-SNIP’s mission is to prevent the overpopulation of dog and cats by providing quality, reduced cost, spay and neuter surgeries.

​​​​​We ask that your pet be at least 2 months and 2 healthy pounds.

No, vaccinations are not required to perform spay/neuter surgery. However, if your pet is current on its vaccinations, it is the best protection against infectious disease. C-SNIP encourages regular veterinary care for every pet so they have the best chance for a long and healthful life

​​​​​​If inclement weather forces C-SNIP to close, we will post notice of the closing here on our website, on Facebook and on WZZM TV13. Clients will receive individual telephone calls to reschedule surgery for their pets, once the clinic reopens.

To limit the amount of contact required with C-SNIP staff on the day of your appointment, we ask that you pay ahead of time.  After you schedule your appointment, you will receive an email containing a link to prepay if you are able to do so.  If you are not able to pay online using this link, you can call us at 616-455-8220 option 1 to pre-pay with a credit/debit card over the phone.  We understand that not all of our clients will be able to pay ahead of time.  In that case, we ask that you bring a credit/debit card to pay on the day of your appointment.  If you are not able to use a credit/debit card on the day of your appointment, we ask that you bring cash in the exact amount. We do not accept Care Credit

WHAT IS HEARTWORM?

Heartworm is a serious and potentially deadly disease in pets.  It is caused by worms that grow up to a foot long and live in your dog’s heart and lungs. Over time, the worms may damage the heart and lungs and can lead to early heart failure.  The disease is spread when mosquitoes bite an infected dog and then bite your dog.  Living indoors does not protect your dog from heartworm infection, because mosquitoes carrying heartworm infection can easily come indoors.

Prevention is easy.

  • Heartworm prevention is safe, simple, and effective. 
  • It is a pill that is given to your dog once per month. 
  • Monthly Heartworm prevention costs $10 a month (Sold in 6 or 12 month supply only).

Treatment is hard.
Although dogs can be treated for heartworm infection, it is difficult, time-consuming, and expensive.

  • The treatment takes 3-4 months.
  • Dogs need to be kept quiet to avoid complications. This means cage rest with short trips on a leash outside when dogs need to relieve themselves.
  • Some dogs will also need to be hospitalized.
  • Heartworm treatment can cost $1000 or more in medications and veterinary services.

C-SNIP recommends testing your dog for heartworm disease every year. It is a simple blood test that only takes 10 minutes. After your dog tests negative, you should start heartworm prevention. Giving your dog one pill once a month will prevent heartworm disease. The chewable pill costs $10 per month. The heartworm test costs $25 at the time of S/N surgery.

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