Dog Services and Fees
We are proud to offer safe and affordable spaying and neutering for dogs of all ages and sizes. You will find our prices considerably lower than full-service veterinarian clinics in the Dayton area. Patients will receive a small abdominal tattoo at no charge. This tattooing is the universally accepted method to identify a spayed or neutered animal.
Spay and Neuter Services
- Spay (females)
- $110, less than 31 lbs
- $130, 31 to 60 lbs
- $160, 61 to 100 lbs
- $190, more than 100 lbs
- Neuter (males)
- $90, less than 31 lbs
- $120, 31 to 60 lbs
- $140, 61 to 100 lbs
- $160, more than 100 lbs
- Flea treatment – $7
If a dog is found to have live fleas, it will be given a Capstar tablet.
- Rabies Vaccine – $15
Montgomery County requires all dogs older than 12 weeks to have a current rabies vaccination. If a current rabies vaccination certificate is not provided at admission, we are required to administer the vaccine during surgery.
- Pregnancy – $40
If a female dog is known to be or found to be in the last half of pregnancy during surgery, this additional fee will be charged for providing intravenous fluids to support her during surgery.
Optional Services at Owner’s Request
These services can be provided during surgery, at your request. Please note: these services are not provided separately from surgery.
- Take-home Pain Medication – $15
Pain medications used during the surgery are included at no additional fee. However, we strongly recommend three days of take-home pain medication for both pain and inflammation after surgery. This pain medication is not a sedative.
- Go-Home Sedation – $25
We strongly recommend take-home sedation for active dogs to decrease risks of complications such as swelling or incision opening. If your dog will not rest quietly in its cage for 7 days after surgery with brief excursions on a leash to eliminate – this is for your dog.
- Umbilical Hernia Repair – $50
A few weeks after birth, the area of the body wall where the umbilical cord was attached “belly button” closes. If the hole does not close, surgically closing will prevent the possibly fatal complication of abdominal organs becoming entrapped in the opening.
- Abdominal Cryptorchid – The cost of the neuter plus the cost of spay
This occurs when your pet’s testicle(s) has not fully descended into the scrotal sac and one or more remain in the abdomen.
- Inguinal Cryptorchid- The cost of the neuter plus $50
This occurs when the pet’s testicles have not fully descended and one or more is found under the skin in the groin area.
- Dewclaw Removal (if not attached by bone) – $40
A dewclaw is a vestigial digit on the foot. In many dogs, the dewclaws never make contact with the ground. In this case, the dewclaw’s nail never wears away and it must often be trimmed to keep it a safe length.
- Extraction of deciduous (baby) incisor or premolar teeth – $15 per tooth
When the adult teeth erupt without pushing the deciduous tooth out, the deciduous tooth is called “retained” and should be removed to reduce the risk of infection, fracture, and dental disease.
- Extraction of deciduous (baby) canine teeth – $20 per tooth
As with the incisor and premolar teeth, these should be removed also.
Postsurgery Recovery Collars
We want your pet to have a positive outcome from surgery. Pets In Stitches recommends a postsurgery recovery collar to reduce the ability of your pet to lick its surgical site and cause complications after surgery.
- Elizabethan Collar – $12
An Elizabethan collar, otherwise known as an “E-collar.” It looks funny, but provides peace of mind. Click here for more information about e-collars.
- Kong Cloud Collar – $30
A “pillow” collar that prevents your pet from licking the surgical site. A bit more expensive, but easy to put on and tolerated well by your pet. We recommend this for all female dogs and also some male dogs with the “squished” faces such as Pugs, Boston Terriers, Bulldogs, and Boxers. Click here for a photo.
- EZ Soft Collar – $30
A softer and wider collar than the traditional Elizabethan collar. A bit more expensive, but easy to put on and tolerated well by your pet. We recommend this for male dogs with normal shaped faces. Click here for a photo.
- Comfy Cone – $30
A softer collar than the traditional Elizabethan collar. A bit more expensive, but easy to put on and tolerated well by your pet. We recommend this for male dogs that are too big for the above EZ Soft Collar. Click here for a photo.
Canine vaccinations are only administered on the day of your dog’s surgery. We follow vaccination guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association, which are supported by their extensive research to keep your dog healthy.
- Rabies – $15
This very serious viral disease affects most warm-blooded animals including cats, dogs, and humans. The virus is transmitted through bite wounds. Once inside the body, the virus attacks the nervous system, eventually causing death. Once clinical signs appear, the disease is almost always fatal. Since rabies is maintained in populations of wildlife, such as skunks, foxes, bats, and raccoons, it is a persistent danger to unvaccinated companion animals.
- Distemper and Parvovirus – $15
This vaccine protects your dog against several common diseases, including distemper and parvovirus. There are two doses. We can administer the first dose, then you will need to repeat the dose three to four weeks later at your regular full-service veterinarian.
- Bordetella (kennel cough) – $15
This vaccine protects your dog against kennel cough, a highly contagious cough. We recommend it if you dog is to be boarded, hospitalized, or may come into contact with other animals.
Testing service is only available to dogs receiving spaying or neutering surgery the same day.
In order to purchase heartworm prevention from Pets In Stitches, all dogs seven months and older must have a heartworm test performed within the last six months or on the the day of surgery.
- Canine Heartworm Test – $25
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries and the heart of dogs, cats, and other mammals. A dog becomes infected when bitten by an infected mosquito.
- Microchip from 24PetWatch – $40
If your dog is lost, a Microchip will identify your pet for a speedy recovery. This fee included microchip implantation and registration. 24 PetWatch does charge a fee to change the information linked with the microchip, such as address and phone number, after the first year. For more information, visit the 24PetWatch
- Nail Trim – $15
If you struggle to trim your pet’s nails, ask us to help! It’s so easy to perform a close nail trim when your pet is sedated.
- Ear Clean – $15
While your pet is sedated, we can easily perform a deep ear cleaning.
- Ear Hair Pluck – $15
While your pet is sedated, we can easily pluck ear hair that can predispose a dog to an ear infection.
- Deworming for roundworms and hoookworms – $15
Roundworms and hookworms are intestinal parasites that can transmit to humans from dogs. We offer go-home deworming medication for roundworms and hookworms to protect your family and pet.
- Flea, Intestinal Parasite, and Heartworm Prevention – inquire at the time of service
We offer convenient and affordable prevention that you administer monthly to your pet to keep them happy and healthy.
Before Your Dog’s Surgery
We recommend completing or collecting required paperwork to bring with you so we may process your dog’s admission quickly the morning of surgery. These include:
- Admission Form (pdf)
- Copy of most recent rabies vaccine
- Surgery and Ancillary Services Consent Form (pdf)
- Copy of any recent vaccination records
- Microchip Registration Form
If your dog is more than four months old, please do not allow them any food after midnight before surgery. If your pet accidentally eats the morning of surgery, let us know at drop-off.
If your puppy is less than four months old, please feed them a normal meal between 6 and 8 a.m. the day of surgery.
Water should be available at all times.
If your dog is on a long term medication (i.e. phenobarbital, prednisone, insulin), contact us or your regular full-service veterinarian prior to surgery to determine if your pet should receive the medication the day of the procedure.
Juvenile Spay and Neuter
Pets In Stitches recommends juvenile spaying and neutering (after eight weeks of age.) It is safe, effective and the young puppies recover faster.
Juvenile spays and neuters are endorsed by:
Assure your lactating dog has been separated from their puppies for at least two weeks before the day of surgery. The presence of milk in the mammary glands increases the risk of infection and delays healing.
Postoperative Complications and Emergencies
Pets In Stitches will re-check your dog at no charge for any complications resulting directly from surgery. There may be a minimal cost for medications or an Elizabethan collar, if needed.
If you have a non-emergency question or concern or would like to have your pet re-checked by one of our veterinarians, call (937) 630-3320 during regular business hours (Monday – Thursday, 7:30 am- 6:00 p.m.)
If your pet requires emergency care during Pets In Stitches’ on-call business hours, call our emergency telephone at (937) 903-3195 (Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
If your dog requires emergency care for a life-threatening situation that does not fall within Pets In Stitches emergency phone hours, call or visit your regular full-service veterinarian or local emergency veterinary clinic. If you do not have a veterinarian, we suggest the reputable emergency clinics in the Miami Valley area:
In the case of emergency treatment, you are responsible for paying the veterinarian or the emergency veterinary clinic directly. Pets In Stitches will discuss the visit with the emergency veterinarian to determine if the visit was related to the spay or neuter surgery. Pets In Stitches will reimburse the cost of the visit if we determine it was a spay or neuter surgery related visit and that the postoperative care instructions were followed.
In addition to spaying and neutering, at the time of surgery we can help promote your dog’s health through vaccinations, deworming, heartworm prevention, flea prevention, and microchipping…
...and, as always, I am dedicated to providing affordable spay and neuter services in a professional environment.
Dr. Danielle N. Rastetter, DVM.