Vermont Spay/Neuter (VSN) Services

Due to COVID-19 our first availability will not be until May.

Vermont Spay/Neuter (VSN) provides a high-volume, high-quality and low cost option for spaying and neutering. Additional services are also available during your cat’s visit. Our VSN Admit form has the most up-to-date list of services offered. Select desired services while completing the form.

 


 

Pain Control

Every cat receives anesthesia and a pain control injection prior to surgery for a pain-free procedure. The pain control injection provides relief up until the next day, for a full 24 hours. Additional pain relief tablets are recommended and available for purchase.

 


 

Distemper (RCP) Vaccine (included with service)

We are proud to announce that an Intranasal Distemper vaccine is now available for every cat coming in through Vermont Spay Neuter at no additional cost! It is critical that every cat receive this vaccine to protect them from the most common and most serious respiratory diseases. This vaccine is given intranasally (through the nose), which is the safest way to administer a vaccine. The most common side effect is sneezing, seen up to 10 days after the nose drop vaccine is administered. Cats under 5 months of age should have this vaccine boostered (repeated) monthly for maximum protection. Once a cat is at least 5 months old, the Distemper Vaccine provides 1 year of protection.

 


 

What is the difference between the Adjuvanted Rabies Vaccine (included with service) and the PureVax Non-Adjuvanted Rabies Vaccine (additional cost)?

The Rabies Vaccine included with VSN is an adjuvanted vaccine. Adjuvants have been associated with injection-site tumors in 1 in 10,000 cats. If you would prefer a non-adjuvanted PureVax Rabies Vaccine for your cat, please call (802) 860-2287 or visit https://connect.allydvm.com/practice/affectionatelycats/appointment_request to schedule a pre-surgical physical exam and vaccinations with one of our veterinarians.

 


 

Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Aids (FIV) Testing

A blood test for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS is available for an additional fee on your cat’s surgery day.

Feline Leukemia is a very contagious virus in cats, spread through contact with bodily fluids such as saliva (even casual contact such as grooming), nasal secretions, urine/feces, and milk from a mother cat nursing her kittens. Feline Leukemia is fatal—it usually causes death within few years of infection. If your cat goes outdoors, they should be tested, and then vaccinated, to protect them.

The vaccine is not offered through the VSN clinic. It requires 2 injections, given about a month apart, to have one year of protection. This can be scheduled through Affectionately Cats by calling (802) 860-2287 or visiting https://connect.allydvm.com/practice/affectionatelycats/appointment_request to request a physical exam and vaccines.

Feline AIDS is transmitted mainly through saliva in bite wounds, so it is typically seen in fighting and outdoor cats. There is no vaccine to protect your cat against Feline AIDS. Testing is important, because AIDS-positive cats should be kept indoors and receive more frequent veterinary check-ups and parasite testing. Many cats with FIV can still live fairly normal lives, although they will be more prone to infections

If you have multiple cats in your household, each cat should be tested for Feline Leukemia and AIDS to make sure none of your cats carry these viruses, so that each cat can be at their optimal health.

 


 

Flea Treatment (included with service)

It is recommended that all cats receive a cat-specific flea control product prior to their scheduled surgery day. If you would like a prescription for a flea preventative, please call (802) 860-2287 or visit https://connect.allydvm.com/practice/affectionatelycats/appointment_request to schedule a physical exam and discuss flea control options with one of our veterinarians.

If there is evidence of fleas on your cat at the time of admission for surgery, a topical anti-flea medication will be applied. It is important to continue flea control measures for all pets in the home for at least 3 months to prevent re-infestation with fleas. Additional doses of flea control medication are available for purchase.

Read labels carefully. Only ever apply a cat-labeled flea product to a cat. NEVER use dog-labeled products on a cat.

 


 

Ear Mite Treatment (included with service)

If your cat has evidence of ear mites, their ear canals will be gently cleaned, and we will dispense an anti-ear mite medication. An additional charge applies.

 


 

Tapeworm Treatment (included with service)

Tapeworms are intestinal parasites that your cat can get from hunting or from grooming and ingesting an infected flea. Tapeworm segments look like that look like rice or sesame seeds at your cat’s hind end. If tapeworms are noted on your cat’s surgery day, we will dispense a topical deworming medication which also treats roundworms and hookworms (contagious to people). An additional fee applies for this medication.

 


 

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Vermont Spay/Neuter
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VSN Admit Form
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