Surgery Requirements

We have these requirements and restrictions in place to ensure the safety of your pets and our staff. If your pet does not meet our requirements, or if any of these restrictions apply to your pet, we recommend scheduling their surgery with a full-service veterinarian who can provide pre-anesthetic blood testing and intravenous fluids.

All animals must be in good health and at least 16 weeks of age for surgery. 

Before you can schedule an appointment for surgery, we require that you provide proof that your pet is current on vaccinations.

Dogs must be current on the DHPP (distemper/parvo combination) and Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccinations.
* Because of the high demand for our affordable spay/neuter services, and limited kennel space, there may be an extended wait time for an appointment for a dog.
We’re happy to add you to our cancellation list if we aren’t able to schedule an appointment right away. 

Cats must be current on the FVRCP (distemper combination) vaccination.
* We can usually schedule an appointment for your cat within a month or two if he/she is current on vaccinations. 

You can email or fax your pet’s current vaccination records (please make sure you include your name and daytime phone number on your email or fax so that we can contact you about an appointment) to: clinic@utahhumane.org or fax: 801-590-9800. 

If your pet needs vaccinations, we are happy to provide them for you during our normal walk-in vaccination hours. We can discuss appointment availability and schedule a spay/neuter appointment for you at that time. 

Please note:

  • We cannot provide any services for cats that are not in carriers or dogs that are not on leashes.
  • All fees must be paid at the time of service, we cannot offer payment arrangements.
  • We reserve the right to refuse service for any animal to whom any procedure is deemed a health risk or if the animal is deemed too aggressive or difficult to handle. 
  • We cannot perform surgery on an animal that has bitten a person within the last 10 days.

Surgery Restrictions

Our clinic does not provide surgery for animals that may be at a higher risk of complications due to age, size and/or breed. We recommend scheduling your pet’s sterilization surgery with a full-service veterinarian who can provide pre-anesthetic blood testing and intravenous fluids.

We do not provide surgery for dogs 4 years and older or cats 5 years and older. Dogs must weigh at least 5 lbs and no more than 100 lbs. We do not provide surgery for rabbits or other small mammals. 

Some breeds have an increased risk of surgical complications as a result of specific characteristics bred into them, or due to genetic defects common to these breeds. We do not provide surgery for the following breeds and may not be able to provide surgery for mixes of these breeds:

GIANT BREEDS OVER 6 MONTHS:

  • Great Dane
  • Newfoundland
  • Saint Bernard
  • Swiss Mountain Dog
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Kuvasz
  • Akbash
  • Anatolian Shepherd
  • Caucasian Shepherd
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Sight hounds: Greyhound, Italian Greyhound, Whippet, Afghan, Irish Wolfhound
  • Brachycephalic breeds:  Pug, Boston Terrier, Pekingese, Japanese Chin, ANY Bulldog breeds
  • Doberman Pinschers (commonly known to have Von Willebrand’s blood clotting disorder)
  • Mastiffs: Bullmastiff, Old English, Neapolitan, Tibetan, Cane Corso, Dogue de Bordeaux or Dogo Argentino

NO SURGERY ON THE FOLLOWING CAT BREEDS:

  • Savannah
  • Bengal
  • Sphynx
  • Abyssinian
  • Persian
  • Exotic
  • British Shorthair
  • Birman

We reserve the right to refuse service for any animal to whom any procedure is deemed a health risk or if the animal is deemed too aggressive or difficult to handle.  Common health risks include:

  • Dogs that are in heat
  • Heart murmur
  • Dogs or cats that are in the advanced stages of pregnancy
  • Inguinal Cryptorchid cats (one or both testicle is retained in the abdomen)