Vermont Spay/Neuter (VSN) Services

Vermont Spay/Neuter (VSN) provides a 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.  You can 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. After any surgery there is some discomfort and inflammation.  Ideally we would continue the anti-inflammatory support for both males and females with an additional injection of pain control to provide relief for up to 48 hours after their surgery.  This additional pain control injection is available at an additional price.

 


Distemper/Flu Vaccine (included with service)

We are proud to announce that an Intranasal Distemper/Flu vaccine is now available for every cat coming in through Vermont Spay Neuter at no additional cost! It is critical that every cat, both indoor and outdoor, receive this vaccine at least once in their life time, 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, and is effective for one year. The only potential side effects with this nose drop vaccine is possible sneezing 4-7 days after the vaccine.

 


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

Adjuvanted vaccines have a certain additive (called adjuvants) that carry a risk of causing more inflammation at the injection site. There is also a low, but serious, risk (1:10,000) of causing a vaccine-associated malignant cancer developing at the injection site years later.  Choosing vaccines without adjuvants is the preferred choice for cats. We recommend choosing the PureVax non-adjuvanted vaccine, as it is the safer choice for your kitty. Either of these injections will protect your cat for one full year.  You will receive a Rabies Certificate as proof of the vaccination.


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

FeLV is a very contagious virus in cats, spread through contact with bodily fluids such as salvia (even casual contact such as grooming), nasal secretions, urine/feces, and milk from a mother cat nursing her kittens.  FeLV is fatal—it usually causes death within just a few years after 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 shots, given about a month apart, to have one year of protection. This can be scheduled through Affectionately Cats. If you have multiple cats in your household, each cat should be tested to make sure none of your cats have the virus, so that each cat can be at their optimal health.

FIV is also a virus that is transmitted mainly through saliva in bite wounds, so it is typically seen in fighting cats. There  is no vaccine to protect your cat against FIV. Testing is still important, because if your cat tests positive they should be kept as indoor cats and not be allowed outside. Many cats with FIV can still live fairly normal lives, although they will be more prone to infections.

 


Flea Treatment (included with service)

All cats are given a tablet (Capstar) at the time of exam.  This will kill any fleas currently on your cat and prevent any fleas from crawling into the surgery site. This also ensures that your kitty will not go home with any fleas, as the product lasts for 24 hours.

If you would like flea prevention for the future, we have additional flea prevention products available for purchase. If you have multiple cats and one of them is infected with fleas, all of your cats probably have fleas and you will need to treat all of your cats in order to get rid of the fleas.

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 ear mites they will be treated with ear mite drops in the ears. Your cat will also be sent home with additional drops for home use.


Tapeworm Treatment (included with service)

Tapeworms are intestinal parasites that your cat can get from hunting or from grooming and ingesting an infected flea. If you see white, rice size segments (that look like sesame seeds) at their hind end, your cat probably has tapeworms. We can easily treat your cat with 1 injection of medication.

 


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