Local Vet Clinic offering free sterilization service for 25 cats & dogs

World Spay Day observed locally
Source: Media release Dept. of Agriculture

The Veterinary Clinic at ASG’s Department of Agriculture is honoring World Spay Day by offering free sterilization services for 25 cats and dogs in the territory. World Spay Day is on February 28, 2017. 

World Spay Day draws attention to spay/neuter as a proven means of saving the lives of companion animals, community (feral and stray) cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street.

Pets should be pre-registered by calling the veterinary clinic at 699-9445. The deadline for registration is February 24, 2017. The first 25 animals to sign up will be scheduled on February 25th with no charge for the surgery. There is a limit of 3 animals per family. 

Alofa Mo Meaola will be helping the veterinary clinic on World Spay Day by offering transportation services for surgery patients. 

Spaying and neutering is one of the most productive and helpful things that can be done to help control and humanely reduce the dog overpopulation problem, and prevent a cat overpopulation problem here on American Samoa. Additionally, spaying and neutering your pet provides many other health and behavior benefits such as reduced risks of certain cancers, reduced transmission of transmissible venereal tumors, reduced roaming, and longer lifespan. 

If you are unable to register for this clinic, or the clinic fills up quickly, don’t worry!  The Veterinary Clinic offers sterilization services (spay/neuter) Monday through Friday, for the low cost of $10 per surgery. 

PREPARING YOUR DOGS AND CATS FOR SURGERY

Animals should be brought to the clinic between 7:30 am and 9 am.  If you have no transportation, help can be provided. 

Dogs should be at least 8 weeks old and weigh at least 5 pounds

Cats should be at least 8 weeks old and weight at least 2 pounds

Animals should be brought in cages or on a leash.

Nursing mothers (dogs and cats) should wait until puppies or kittens are 8 weeks old and eating solid food before a surgery is performed.

Animals should not be fed the morning surgery is scheduled.  Water should be offered. 

A physical examination will be performed to be sure the animal is healthy enough for surgery…

If the animal is sick or injured, medical treatment may be necessary before surgery can be performed.

All animals having surgery will also be dewormed.

Additional services such as vaccinations, flea/tick treatments, and mange treatments will be available at a small additional cost.

All animals being sterilized will receive a small identifying tattoo in their right ear.

Licenses are required by law for dogs in American Samoa, and cost $5 per sterilized dog, or $50 for unsterilized dogs.

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