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).
You can schedule an appointment by calling or stopping by the office Monday - Friday between 9:00am - 3:30pm. Our phone number is (616) 455-8220 and we are located at 1675 Viewpond Drive SE in Kentwood. We also accept online appointment requests.
All animals check-in between 8:00am - 8:30am on the scheduled day of surgery. Our check-in process can take up to 20 minutes, so please allow additional time in your schedule. Because we check in up to 70 animals each morning, there is a line outside for check-in, so please dress for the weather.
Dogs must be picked up the same day at 4:00 PM. Cats go home the following morning at 7:30 AM. 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. We provide aftercare instructions for all pet owners at pick up, so it is necessary for owners to be on time for pick up.
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
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.
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.
Payment is expected at the time of check-in. To help keep our surgical fees affordable and ensure a quick check-in, we prefer cash payments. We also accept Visa and MasterCard. We do not accept checks or 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.