Surgery Information


White fluffy curly haired dog - Lucky

This low-cost, high quality care service is provided to the public by Contra Costa County in an effort to reduce pet overpopulation. Experienced veterinarians and animal health technicians take pride in providing the best medical care possible for your pet.

Above standard surgical procedures are followed with quality vaccines given for the best protection against contagious diseases.


Spay: (Ovario-hysterectomy) Removal of the ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes in female animals.

Neuter: (Castration) Removal of the testicles in male animals.

Surgery Requirements

  • Within 24 hours of receiving your appointment date, you must provide proof of the following vaccinations. Dogs must have received both a Bordetella and DHPP vaccination. Cats must have received a FVRCP vaccination.
  • For safety purposes, animals are to be under control at all times, either on a leash or in a carrier box when they are brought to the Spay/Neuter Clinic.
  • Appointments are necessary for spay or neuter surgeries.
  • All animals must have proper vaccinations before surgery. If your pet has received the vaccinations from your veterinarian, please present the certification before surgery.
  • All dogs must be licensed in Contra Costa County (including Antioch).
  • Payment for all fees is due within 24 hours of scheduling your appointment.
  • Food must be withheld for at least 12 hours before bringing your pet in for surgery. This is necessary to prevent the inhalation of vomit while under anesthesia.
  • It is important that you deliver and pick up your pet at the specified times.  
  • For more information, please call the Spay/Neuter Clinic at 925-608-8420.
  • For the safety of our staff, if your pet is too aggressive for us to handle, we will not be able to provide spay/neuter services. 

Pick Up After Surgery

All Animals brought in for surgery must be picked up by 4:00pm. 

Post Surgery Instructions