Spay/Neuter Clinic Services

C-SNIP offers high-quality, reduced-cost spay/neuter services to dog and cat owners in the West Michigan & Lakeshore areas. Our services are targeted to those who are unable to access or afford traditional veterinary care.

C-SNIP also offers limited vaccinations and additional services at the time of surgery. 

Appointments with C-SNIP
C-SNIP recommends spay/neuter by 4 months of age. C-SNIP specializes in pediatric spay/neuter surgery. Cats and dogs must be at least 2 months of age and a healthy 2 pounds to be scheduled for surgery. Vaccinations are recommended prior to surgery, but C-SNIP does not require cats and dogs to be up-to-date on vaccinations.

How to make an appointment at C-SNIP 

IMPORTANT UPDATE PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO READ

Friends, COVID-19 has impacted all of us , including CSNIP. With the first “Stay Home” executive order in March, CSNIP was closed for 9-weeks. This closure happened right at the start of “kitten season”, causing a significant backlog of demand when we reopened in June. Also, new safety procedures reduced the number of dogs and cats we can serve each day. These circumstances, combined with staff shortages due to quarantining and illness since we reopened, has made it difficult to schedule your pet’s spay/neuter surgery at CSNIP. We understand your frustration. It is our mission to break the breeding cycle and prevent unwanted litters and it frustrates us that we can’t schedule these appointments as quickly as we’d like. We are grateful that we have been able to continue to serve the community, despite these obstacles, and we ask for your continued patience and support as we do the best we can to serve you and your pets. Please note the average wait time for cat spay/neuter appointments is currently 4-6 weeks because of high demand and these circumstances. We suggest you try first to schedule online and if unsuccessful after a couple of weeks, call us at 616-455-8220. If you call and get our phone message, please leave a message so we can call you back.


As a way to streamline our scheduling, online requests is our primary way to schedule appointments. Due to the high volume of calls, 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 or Wednesday at 5:00pm on our website.  We are experiencing extremely high demand for cat spay/neuter surgery appointments, so please just keep checking back on Mondays and Wednesdays 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 2 weeks, please give us a call.  We appreciate your patience and understanding. 

Important Information for online scheduling

  • Appointments are booked by size & gender. When you are requesting appointments for multiple pets, please understand that we may not be able to accommodate both pets on the same surgical day.

Dogs:

  • Due to limited space, we are unable to accommodate dogs 70# and over at our Lakeshore location. Dogs who weight 70# or more will be turned away for their health and safety.
  • Please have an accurate weight of your dog prior to scheduling. This will ensure we have a proper-sized kennel to accommodate your pet.

Cats:

  • Friendly pet cats/stray cats require appointments. If you have an untouchable feral cat, please visit our FERAL CAT page to learn about C-SNIP’s TNR program. We are unable to accept TNR appointments requests online at this time.

The response time for online requests can be up to 5 business days. If your appointment is accepted, you will receive an email confirmation with pre-surgery instructions. To help us respond as quickly and efficiently as possible, please submit 1 online request for each dog or cat.

Ready to request an appointment? 

Request Online Appointment Now

C-SNIP recommends online appointment requests as the easiest and most convenient way to schedule your dog or cat for surgery. However, we understand that some clients may have limited access to a computer, have a pet with health concerns, or need help scheduling three or more pets for surgery. When you call to schedule, please be prepared to provide basic medical information about your pet(s) (age, accurate weight for dogs, medications, other surgeries or health concerns, pregnancies and/or litters, whether both testicles are visible for male pets). If you are asked to leave a message, please speak clearly and leave a window of time when it is best to reach you. Due to the high volume of phone calls we receive, it may be up to 5 business days before your message is returned. We appreciate your patience.

Surgical Fees

C-SNIP's reduced-cost surgery fees include:

  • Intake exam and screening
  • Full anesthesia
  • Spay/Neuter Procedure
  • Lasting high-quality pain medications
  • Nail trim
  • Clinic Recheck (if prescribed)
Dogs (Male/Female) $95 
Cats (Male/Female) $45
Cryptorchid (undescended testicle) $15 (additional)

To limit the spread of COVID and in person payment transactions, 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. If you are not able to pre-pay via link or phone, we ask that you bring a credit/debit card to pay on the day of your appointment.  If you are not able to pay with a credit/debit card, please bring cash in the exact amount of your pet's service fees. We do not accept Care Credit

Tattoo

Since spay/neuter scars are difficult to detect once healed; a tattoo placed on the abdomen is a thin line that is a permanent indication that the surgery has been performed. This will prevent an unnecessary exploratory surgery in the future. The tattoo is not optional. 

Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance

There may be circumstances that prevent you from being able to afford the spay or neutering cost for your dog or cat. Thanks to generous grants and donations, C-SNIP may be able to help with some of the surgery costs. If you need help, please let us know when you request an appointment.

Vaccines and Microchipping  (All vaccines and microchips are performed at the time of surgery ONLY.)

C-SNIP strongly recommends that all dogs and cats are fully vaccinated (Distemper, Bordetella, and Rabies for dogs; Distemper and Rabies for cats) before they come to the clinic for surgery. The vaccinations administered the day of surgery do not offer any immediate immunity.

Important Instructions for Patients

Pre-Surgery Post-Surgery

Additional Services 

Only at the time of spay/neuter surgery

Dog Services

This vaccine is recommended for any dog or cat over three months (12 weeks). Rabies is the only vaccine required by law for dogs. Even indoor cats should be vaccinated against the Rabies virus.

This vaccine protects your dog against some strains of kennel cough, a highly contagious cough often prevalent in areas where dogs congregate. If your dog will be at a veterinary clinic, dog park,  grooming or boarding facility, this vaccination is recommended and may be required in certain situations. It will need to be boostered once a year to make sure your dog is protected.

Also referred to as DHPP, the canine distemper vaccine protects your dog against four common viruses including Parvo, Distemper, Parainfluenza, and Adenovirus. These are respiratory and intestinal viruses that can be life-threatening if your dog contracts them.  This vaccine will need to be boosted initially in 3 – 4 weeks, then once a year.

E-collars prevent your pet from licking the surgery site. If your dog or cat needs an e-collar, they can be purchased for $10.

Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes and, once mature, they live in the heart and large blood vessels of the lungs. A dog must be tested for heartworms before they can receive heartworm prevention medications. Heartworms are very prevalent in Michigan. Tests must be done yearly. 

 

C-SNIP uses 911 Microchips. Microchipping offers pet owners the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you, the owner. If you want to improve your pet’s chances of getting home in a lost pet emergency – microchipping is your best option.  Animal microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are typically implanted just beneath the skin between the shoulder blades by a veterinarian or a trained member of an animal welfare organization. You will need to register the microchip online with your contact information and keep it updated.

In order to purchase prevention at C-SNIP, HW testing must be done at our clinic. Prevention must be purchased within 30 days of the test.  Dogs 6 months and older.

The good news is that heartworm is easy preventable with an inexpensive, chewable pill available with a vet’s prescription. The pills—highly palatable to most dogs—are administered monthly. You can opt to give your dog a pill only during mosquito season (spring through first frost), but the most recent recommendation from the American Heartworm Society is to keep giving them all year—not only does this avoid errors, but many of the products also prevent other intestinal parasites. Sold in 6 months supply ONLY.

Willing to go the extra step in assisting others with reduced cost spay/neuter? Donate an extra $25 or more to help C-SNIP offer reduced surgical rates. Your donation is tax-deductible.

Topical monthly flea and tick prevention for dogs. Dose varies by animal weight.

Post-Surgery (By Appointment ONLY)

C-SNIP clients are encouraged to continue to purchase flea/tick prevention for their pets. Please call the clinic at 616-455-8220, option 1 and leave a clear message with the Owner information, pets name, accurate weight (if dog), # of doses requested, and day you are wanting to pick up. We will take payment over the phone with a credit/debit card when a staff member calls you back to arrange a pick-up.

Cat Services

This vaccine is recommended for any dog or cat over three months (12 weeks). Rabies is the only vaccine required by law for dogs. Even indoor cats should be vaccinated against the Rabies virus.

Each cat must arrive for surgery in their own secure cat carrier. Reinforced cardboard cat carriers are available at our office for $5 and should be purchased before the surgery date.

Topical monthly flea and tick prevention for cats.

Post-Surgery (By Appointment ONLY)

C-SNIP clients are encouraged to continue to purchase flea/tick prevention for their pets. Please call the clinic at 616-455-8220, option 1 and leave a clear message with the Owner information, pets name, # of doses requested, and day you are wanting to pick up. We will take payment over the phone with a credit/debit card when a staff member calls you back to arrange a pick-up.

The feline distemper vaccination protects your cat against three common viruses including Panleukopenia, Calici, and Rhinotracheitis. These are respiratory and intestinal viruses that can be life-threatening if your cat contracts them. This vaccine will need to be boostered initially in 3- 4 weeks, then once a year.

E-collars prevent your pet from licking the surgery site. If your dog or cat needs an e-collar, they can be purchased for $10.

C-SNIP uses 911 Microchips. Microchipping offers pet owners the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you, the owner. If you want to improve your pet’s chances of getting home in a lost pet emergency – microchipping is your best option.  Animal microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are typically implanted just beneath the skin between the shoulder blades by a veterinarian or a trained member of an animal welfare organization. You will need to register the microchip online with your contact information and keep it updated.

Willing to go the extra step in assisting others with reduced cost spay/neuter? Donate an extra $25 or more to help C-SNIP offer reduced surgical rates. Your donation is tax-deductible.

Bringing a Feral Cat to C-SNIP

Mom & Kittens

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