Pets that have been spayed or neutered lead happier, healthier lives. They are less likely to develop certain types of cancer and infections, less likely to have behavioral problems, and less likely to stray from home where they are at risk of injury or death. Spaying and neutering also prevents unwanted litters which lead to shelter overpopulation and euthanasia of adoptable pets.
It is our mission to offer affordable prices for spays and neuters to all pet owners. See our low prices below. Ask about grant and voucher availability if you do not think you can afford these prices.
Drop-off time is from 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM the morning of surgery. Feral cats may be dropped off the afternoon/evening before surgery but MUST BE in a trap. Do not transfer feral cats to carriers for the safety of the cat and staff.
Food Before Surgery
Pets that are six months of age or older should have nothing to eat after 10:00 p.m. the night before surgery. A puppy or kitten younger than six months of age may have a small breakfast before surgery. Water does not need to be taken away.
If your pet’s rabies vaccination is current, please bring the rabies certificate with you; a rabies tag alone is not sufficient. If your pet’s rabies vaccination is not current, this vaccine is required when your pet is spayed or neutered.
Fleas and External Parasites
Please make sure that your pets are free of fleas and ear mites at the time of their surgery. If any of these are noted on your pet at the time of their surgery, a dose of prevention which lasts 1 month will be applied and you will be charged $4.00 (cats/small dogs) or $7 (med/large dogs) at pick up.
Please bring your cat in a carrier, cat trap, or pillowcase. FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY, CATS MUST BE CONTAINED AT ALL TIMES!
Please leave your dog in your car while you check in and fill out your paperwork. Before bringing your dog into the clinic, be sure he/she has had time to use the bathroom. It will make your pet more comfortable. ALL DOGS MUST BE RESTRAINED ON A LEASH OR IN A PET TAXI! This is to protect your pet.
Pick-up time is from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM the day of surgery. This will ensure that your pet has had ample time to recover from the anesthesia and surgery before returning home. If you need to arrange earlier pickup please inform our reception staff and we will accommodate you as best as possible.
All fees are due at check-in. You may pay by credit card or with cash. We cannot accept checks.
Spays and neuters are major surgical procedures, however, most pets recover quickly and uneventfully.
Pets go home the same day of surgery between 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM. The night after surgery, your pet will be recovering from anesthesia, so they need to be kept in a safe, temperature controlled area.
All animals are given a 24 hour injection for pain. You may purchase additional medication if your pet needs it.
Do NOT give your pet human medications such as aspirin, Tylenol or Advil. These are very dangerous for your pet and could result in death.
For 24 hours following surgery, your pet’s appetite may decrease, or you may see some vomiting or diarrhea. This is normal for patients after having surgery and should subside by the next day.
Activity should be kept to a minimum for 7 to 10 days following surgery to reduce complications.
Some pets will want to lick their incisions, which can cause infections. If you think your pet will lick their incision or you cannot watch them closely, you should purchase an E-collar or cone to prevent licking.
Do not bathe or allow swimming for 10 to 14 days.
Male cats and adult dogs' incisions are left open to drain. A small amount of bloody discharge for 2-3 days (dogs) or 24 hours (cats) following surgery is normal. Swelling of the scrotum (no larger than the size before their neuter) is also to be expected.
Male puppy incisions are closed with tissue adhesive but may show some bruising or mild swelling.
Female cats and dogs may have some swelling and bruising at the incision site. Any discharge is ABNORMAL so please let us know so we can recheck or prescribe medications if needed.
All sutures are absorbable and do not require removal.
Call our clinic during regular business hours if you have concerns about your pet following surgery. If you have concerns regarding your pet’s incision site you can also email photos and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. If after regular business hours, and you have concerns regarding an animal that just recently had surgery, you may call the clinic and leave a message on our after hours line and our on-call staff will contact you shortly. This line is to answer surgical concerns/questions only and not for information regarding services or making appointments. If your pet needs immediate attention contact a full service veterinarian or an emergency veterinarian. Listed below are the numbers of a few emergency vets in our area.
Animal Emergency and Specialty Center
10213 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922
Knoxville Pet Emergency Clinic
1819 Ailor Ave, Knoxville, TN 37921
UT Veterinary Medical Center
2407 River Dr, Knoxville, TN 37996
PPAW Spay/Neuter Clinic is proud to work with area rescues and shelters to help pets get healthy and be adopted to their new homes. We offer discounts on our regular prices for spay/neuter and wellness, but we also offer additional services such as amputations, mass removals, dentals, heartworm treatment and more.
If you are part of a rescue or shelter needing spay/neuter or other services, please contact us at or 865-856-7729 Tuesday through Friday 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.