Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

Westside

November 6, 2013

Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic now open in Brownsburg

BROWNSBURG — Pet owners in Hendricks County now have another option for spay and neuter services with the recent opening of the Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic.

Tammy Sollenberger, executive director of the Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic (LCSNC), which is a non-profit organization, said the clinic only sees well animals.

“We’re specialists in spay/neuter and we do vaccines, as well as education,” she said. “There’s a large education component to promote responsible pet care, getting them spayed and neutered before five months, vaccinations, heart worm tests, and heart worm prevention — all those sort of things.”

The 2,700 square foot clinic at 409 N. Green St. features two exam rooms and the animals are separated into dog and cat rooms as they await surgery.

“With the surgeries, they’re scheduled appointments,” Sollenberger said. “We have a certain number of surgery times per day, so the number of animals that we have come in for surgery … meets up with the amount of time the doctor has for surgery.”

She added the surgery is only a one-day process, with the animals coming in at 7 a.m. and leaving at 5:15 p.m.

“We go to the check-in process until about 8:30 a.m., when Dr. (Pam) Carpenter needs to start surgery at 8:30 a.m.,” Sollenberger said. “Then the girls come back and they start prepping animals. Usually we do the dogs first because the time span it takes the doctor to do a dog surgery is a little longer so they need more time to recover. We start off with the large dogs, because they take the longest time.”

Sollenberger said sometimes people are surprised to learn the clinic uses anesthesia.

“We monitor all the animals: Their oxygen intake and heart rate all during the time they’re being prepped, all during the time they’re in surgery and all during the time they’re in recovery,” she said. “They’re monitored throughout the whole process and then once they’re awake they’re put back in their cages and we’ll watch them throughout the day.”

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