- Since July 2007, Young-Williams Animal Center has provided over 32,000 spay and neuter surgeries for the general public. This was made possible in the beginning by a 5-year grant whose goal was to reduce euthanasia in the shelter, through the use of the mobile Spay Shuttle program. Because of the high demand for this service, we added a stationary spay/neuter clinic to our program in January 2012.
- This new facility has allowed us to focus more assistance on those who have the most needs, and offer low-cost services to everyone else. Our veterinarians have more than 25 years of experience in spay and neuter surgeries. Our staff treats your pets the way they would want their own pets treated every day. We bring you the same high quality care you have come to expect when you adopt a pet from us at Young-Williams.
- Call us at (865) 215-6677 to make an appointment for your pet on either the Spay Shuttle or the Spay/Neuter Clinic at the Young-Williams Animal Village. We’ll work with you to find the best solution for your pet!
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT HERE
You can call us (865) 215-6677
- Our phones are answered from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday thru Friday. We can often schedule your appointment within 1-3 weeks of your call.
- Please note, our heaviest call volumes are between 11:00 and 1:00 pm. If you are having trouble reaching us, please try outside of those hours.
- If you leave a message, we will return your call within 2 business days, between the hours of 9:30 and 4:30—so please help us reach you by providing a number where you can be reached during those hours.
Make an appointment online!
- Does your work schedule make it hard for you to reach us during these hours? If so please fill out the form below, and one of our staff will get back to you via email within 3 business days.
- Did you know? We no longer have a waiting list—we try to schedule everyone we can as soon as possible, because we know how important it is to just get it done. We do return every call.
ALL ABOUT SPAYING AND NEUTERING
Spaying is the surgical removal of a female dog or cat’s ovaries and uterus.
Neutering is the surgical removal of a male dog or cat’s testicles.
What are the advantages of spaying female cats and dogs?
- Will not have a heat cycle
- Will not be able to reproduce
- Will not affect protectiveness
- Will not get ovarian or uterine cancer
- Will not have dangerous uterine infections
- Will be less likely to fight with other animals.
What are the advantages of neutering male cats and dogs?
- Will not be able to reproduce
- Will be less likely to mark territory by urinating or spraying
- Will be less likely to exhibit aggressive behaviors that stem from sexual tendencies
- Will be less likely to roam and get into fights
- Will not get testicular tumors; will have less prostate inflammation
- Will reduce inappropriate behavior like “humping” on humans.
At what age should my pet be spayed or neutered?
On average, cats and dogs are spayed or neutered at between 5 and 9 months of age. Depending upon their size, some puppies and kittens may be safely sterilized when they’re as young as 8 weeks old. In fact, puppies and kittens recover more quickly from surgery than do adult dogs and cats. In addition, sterilizing female puppies and kittens before they are 4 months old will assure that they will not have a first heat cycle.
How do I know if my dog’s in heat?
A dog’s heat cycle can begin as early as 5 months of age; the average age is between 6 and 9 months. She will stay in heat for approximately 21 days. During her heat cycle, she will
- pass blood from the genital area
- become irritable and lose her appetite
- urinate more frequently.
How do I know if my cat’s in heat?
Cats can come into heat as young as 4 ½ months of age. Cats come into heat every 21 days, from February through October in our region. A female cat will stay in heat for approximately one week. Cats kept indoors may come into heat all year long. During her heat cycle, she will
- yowl or vocalize loudly and frequently
- roll on the floor
- stand with her rear end higher than her front end
- indoor cats will attempt to escape to the outside
What do I need to do while my pet is in heat?
While your pet is in heat, she must be carefully confined. Most fences will not provide sufficient protection from determined males! Male dogs will be attracted to her for up to 5 miles around your house. Male dogs and cats can create a nuisance if they are in close proximity to a female in heat.
How old is too old to have my dog or cat altered?
Pets are never too old to have litters. Dogs and cats that are sterilized have a greatly reduced risk of testicular and ovarian tumors in later years of life. If your pet is over 7, we advise your pet have blood work done at your veterinarian’s office to make sure your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia. Extra precautions are taken with older dogs to ensure they are handled with special care. Older pets will take longer to get back to their normal routine.
Will the surgery be painful?
Spaying and neutering are performed under general anesthesia. Some animals will have some discomfort following their surgery, and pain medications may be prescribed.
Your pet may lick at the incision. If so, ask your vet for advice. Pets will need to be kept in a dry place and have limited exercise following surgery.
Common Myths About Spaying and Neutering
“I’m sure I can find good homes for all of my dog’s puppies.”
Even if you allow your pet to reproduce on purpose, their kittens or puppies are just as likely to end up in an animal shelter as any others. This adds to shelter overcrowding and, unfortunately, to many otherwise-adoptable pets having to be put down each year. You also can’t be sure the puppies’ or kittens’ new owners will spay or neuter them, and an unaltered pet is at the highest risk for ending up in an animal shelter. Without a doubt, spaying and neutering helps reduce the number of unwanted animals that must be put down each year.
“My pet should come in heat before she can be spayed.”
It is actually better for her to be spayed before her first cycle; it will reduce the chances that she will develop certain serious health issues later in life.
“My pet will get fat and lazy.”
The decrease in an animal’s hormone level that’s caused by spaying or neutering can indeed result in a slower metabolism. If so, you’ll need to adjust your pet’s diet accordingly. However, when sterilized at a young age, most animals will continue to stay active and not gain excess weight.
“My dog will not guard my home after having the surgery.”
Most dogs are naturally territorial, and spaying or neutering will not change that instinct. The only behaviors that will change are those controlled by the sex hormones.
It is particularly recommended that an aggressive animal be neutered or spayed to help reduce that behavior. However, sterilization may not stop it altogether, because aggressive tendencies can be caused by the environment or a lack of training, rather than by hormonal reasons.
“It costs too much.”
Fees vary, depending upon where you have your pet altered, whether it’s male or female, its size, and other factors. It’s a one-time only cost that will save you money over the lifetime of your pet by lowering it’s risk of developing certain serious health problems. We work hard to offer assistance programs to our community… If you can afford more than you are asked to pay, please help others by making a donation—any donation helps!
Please call 215-6677 to schedule an appointment, or for more information about our spay/neuter programs.
DIRECTIONS AND LOCATIONS
Stationary clinic, 6400 Kingston Pike:
Check in: 8:15 am, Discharge 4:15 pm
Headed west: From Northshore Dr., go exactly 3/10 mi. on Kingston Pike; we are on the left (up the hill from Krispy Kreme ). Look for our sign! If you see Calhouns on the hill you have gone to far.
Headed east: From Bonefish Restaurant (on the right, on Bearden Hill), go exactly 3/10 mi. on Kingston Pike; we are on the right, just past the traffic light. Look for our sign! If you see Krispy Kreme you have gone to far.
The clinic is located at the south (Dean Hill Rd.) side of the building. From the Kingston Pike entrance, drive around to the back of the building and park near the big electrical box. You will see signs saying “Spay/Neuter Solutions”. Walk up the ramp to enter the clinic.
Mobile locations: (Scroll until you find your site)
Check in times are firm; discharge times may vary based on number of surgeries for the day, and weather issues (severe storms, snow). If the mobile has not arrived by check-in time, please wait at least 15 minutes before calling, as sometimes traffic may cause delays.
Chilhowee (3301 Magnolia) Check in 8:30 am; Discharge 4:00 pm
Off I-40, follow signs like you are going to the Zoo. Once at Chilhowee Park, go thru the gated entrance. Past the livestock barns, before you go up the hill to the zoo, turn Left. Follow parking lot (road) past the pond, and the vehicle parks next to the Gazebo.
Caswell Park (620 Winona St.) Check in 8:15 am; Discharge 4:00 pm
Off I-40E, take the Hall of Fame exit and turn right. Follow Hall of Fame to Magnolia Ave and turn left. Follow Magnolia to Winona St. and make another left. Park is on your right. Vehicle parks across the street in front of the Senior Center.
Milton Roberts Rec. Center (5900 Asheville Highway) Check in 8:30 am; Discharge 4:00 pm
Off I-40E, take the Asheville Hwy exit and make a left. Milton Roberts will be on your right hand side just past the Comcast building.
Charter Doyle Park (5100 Martin Mill Pike) Check in 8:30 am; Discharge 4:00pm
Take Western Ave to Henley St and make a slight right. Follow Henley St./441 to Martin Mill Pike and make another slight right. Charter Doyle Park is on the left.
Carter Ball Field (9036 Asheville Highway) Check in 8:45 am; Discharge 3:45 pm
Off I-40E, take the Asheville Hwy exit and turn left. Follow Asheville Hwy 6.7 miles to the Carter Ball Field, which will be on the right.
Knox Co. Health Department Locations:
Main Branch (140 Dameron) Check in 8:15 am; Discharge 4:00 pm
Take Central Avenue to Dameron. If coming from north, take a right. If coming from south, it will be a left. Vehicle parks in the large lot across the street from the health department, at the lower end of the parking lot.
Teague Branch (405 Dante School Road) Check in 8:30 am; Discharge 4:00 pm
Take I-75 to Callahan. If coming from south, take a right. If coming from north, take a left. Follow Callahan to stop light at Central. Go thru stop light, over rail road tracks. Follow the road as it curves to the right at the Teague Branch building. Vehicle parks in the front lot.
Fountain City Library (5300 Stanton Rd.) Check in 8:30 am; Discharge 4:00 pm
Take 275N to 640E and follow 640E to the Broadway exit. Turn right onto Broadway and follow to Gibbs Rd, make a right. Take your first left, which is Stanton Rd. The Library is on the right.
Corryton Branch Library (7733 Corryton Rd.) Check in 8:45am; Discharge 3:45 pm
Take 275N to 640E towards Asheville. Take the Broadway exit (exit 6) and make a left at the light. Stay straight on Broadway making a slight right onto Tazewell Pike. Follow Tazewell Pike to Emory Rd and make a right. Take Emory Rd to Corryton Rd and make another right. Corryton Library is on the left.
Karns Library (7516 Oak Ridge Highway) Check in 8:30 am; Discharge 4:00 pm
Take Western Ave into Karns. Western Ave turns into Oak Ridge Hwy. Continue following Oak Ridge Hwy. The Library will be on the right hand side across from Butler Animal Hospital.
North Ridge Crossing (712 Breda Dr.) Check in 8:30 am; Discharge 4:00 pm
Montgomery Village (4530 Joe Lewis Rd.) Check in 8:30 am; Discharge 4:00 pm
Western Heights (1566 West Oldham Ave) Check in 8:30 am; Discharge 4:00 pm
BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.
- Pets that are six (6) months of age or older should have nothing to eat after 10:00 the night before surgery. A puppy or kitten younger than six months of age may have a small breakfast before surgery.
- If your pet’s rabies vaccination is current, please bring the rabies certificate with you; a rabies tag alone is not sufficient. If your pet’s rabies vaccination is not current, this vaccine is required when your pet is spayed or neutered.
- Cat owners: Please bring your cat in a carrier, or pillowcase. FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY, CATS MUST BE CONTAINED AT ALL TIMES!
- Dog owners: Please leave your dog in your car while you check in and fill out your paperwork. Before bringing your dog into the clinic, be sure he/she has had time to use the bathroom. It will make your pet more comfortable. ALL DOGS MUST BE RESTRAINED ON A LEASH OR IN A PET TAXI! This is to protect your pet.
- You will be informed of pick-up time when you make your pets appointment and at check-in on day of surgery. This will ensure that your pet has had ample time to recover from the anesthesia and surgery before returning home.
- All fees are due at check-in. You may pay by credit card or with cash. We cannot accept checks.
- To receive subsidies for your pet’s spay/neuter service fees, please be prepared to provide documentation of need upon request. (Some examples: a bank statement that shows auto deposit of a government check, unemployment award letter, etc.)
AFTER YOUR APPOINTMENT: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.
Spaying and neutering involve general anesthesia and, just like with humans, some animals recover from the surgery more quickly than others. Here are some general post-op instructions to help your pet recover and heal up after surgery:
- After it’s been spayed or neutered, your pet will receive a de-wormer, a Capstar tablet for flea control, and a pain injection. The Capstar and pain injection will last for the next 24 hours. During this time your pet’s appetite may decrease, or you may see some vomiting or diarrhea. This is normal for patients after having surgery and should subside by the next day.
- Don’t worry if your pet isn’t very hungry at first; it may take a day or so for its appetite to come back fully. Give small amounts of water at first, then offer small amounts of food. Don’t give your pet table scraps or other “people food” during this recovery period.
- Don’t give your pet such human medications as aspirin, Tylenol or Advil. These could be dangerous for your pet.
- Have your pet take it easy for the next 7-10 days. This includes no running or jumping!
- Keep your pet indoors as much as possible during this time. Dogs should be walked on a leash when they need to go outside.
- Check your pet’s incision daily to make sure it’s healing up well. Some redness, swelling, slight bruising, or a small knot-like swelling at the site are all normal and should subside without any problem. Clear seepage at the site for the first 24 hours is also normal; bleeding or pus-like discharge is not.
- Make sure your pet doesn’t chew or lick at the incision. This could lead to complications in healing. You can purchase an “E-collar” from us for $10, or at a pet supply store, such as PetSmart. Bitter agents such as Bitter Apple can be used around the incision also.
- We recommend that you take your pet to your regular veterinarian for a post-operative check-up 7 to 10 days after surgery.
If there are any difficulties or concerns that are directly related to the surgery during the recovery time, please call us at the numbers listed on your discharge sheet.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
We work on the Keep it Simple Principle, and have one price for dogs and one for cats—with no added fees for things like being in heat, pregnant, and so on. That means that our prices are our prices. You will not find yourself being asked to pay for things you didn’t know about when you made your appointment.
We have several assistance programs available—please call to find out how we can help you get your pet fixed! Prices are based upon where you live and your financial need.
Other services (available only at the time of surgery):
|Rabies Vax||$10||Combo Test||$25.00|
|FVRCP, DHPP, KC||$10||HW Test||$20.00|
If you are not in our area contact one of the resources below
- CAIT’s Toll-Free Help Line: Tennessee residents, are you looking for spay or neuter services in your area? Call our new toll-free help line for information, at 1-866-907-7729 (SPAY)
- Spay Tennessee (www.spaytennessee.org): 1-866-355-7729 (SPAY)
- Dog Owners Guide, Spay and Neuter Surgery: Spay or neuter surgery: A prescription for better canine health.
- The Dog Hause: Spay and Neuter Info page
- The Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project: A non-profit organization made up of veterinarians and other volunteers dedicated to ending the suffering of homeless cats and providing information about feral cat trap/alter/release programs.
- The Pet Center: Information about and photographs of spay/neuter surgeries.
- Why Spay Neuter: Information and reasons to spay/neuter your pet.