Our Surgery Services
We offer high quality, low cost spay and neuter procedures, dental procedures, and minor surgeries such as hernia repairs, mass removals, cherry eye repair, and more!
Veterinary Dental Procedures can be costly, but are extremely necessary to maintain your pet’s health. Most pet dental disease occurs below the gum line, where you can’t see it. While most people think “Doggy Breath” is just part of being a dog (or cat), it’s not! Bad breath signifies dental disease. It’s very common, and very preventable! Between routine care at home like brushing and dental chews, and annual visits with your vet, your pets dental health can be managed easily, which is critical not only for the health of their teeth, but for their overall health as well. Like in humans, untreated dental disease can damage internal organs including the heart, liver and kidneys. Our dental procedures are affordable and effective at keeping your pet’s oral health on track even into their senior years.
We recommend dental exams for all cats and dogs two years and older, and in-home brushing is recommended a minimum of 3 times a week starting at five months old.
- By Age 3, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs will have a form of dental disease
- “Doggy Breath” is not normal and is a sign of dental disease
- Regular dental care can help your pet live up to 20% longer
- If left untreated, dental disease can affect your pet’s vital organs.
Have you noticed your pet has bad breath lately? Call our Clinic to schedule an appointment at 530-343-7917 option 2
Spay and Neuter Services
The Importance of Spaying and Neutering your Pets
If you’ve decided to adopt from our shelter, you may already be aware of the serious problem of animal overpopulation. There are more animals born daily than there are homes to take them in. Butte Humane Society would like to thank you for doing your part in controlling pet overpopulation in Butte County by spaying and neutering your animals.
Butte Humane Society strongly encourages spay/neuter for anyone with an unaltered pet that is allowed to roam outdoors. BHS also encourages people to help take responsibility for the stray animals in their neighborhood by having them spayed/neutered.
Spay and Neuter: Stats & Facts
The #1 Reason to spay and neuter your animals is it saves lives!
- Spaying and Neutering prevents litters, which reduces pet overpopulation.
- It decreases the number of unwanted and homeless animals.
- Rescue groups and shelters are not overburdened and euthanasia rates go down.
- There are numerous health benefits!
Spay and Neuter Myths
Myth 1 – A female cat or dog should have at least one litter for health reasons.
This is medically and factually incorrect. In fact, there are medical benefits if you have your dog spayed before her first heat. Spaying prior to the first heat helps prevent uterine infections and mammary tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats.
Myth 2 – Spaying or Neutering will make my cat or dog fat and lazy.
Too much food and not enough exercise will make him/her fat and lazy. Neutering does not play a role in canine and feline obesity. And though spaying females can slow the metabolism, that will also happen with age. It is important to adjust the type and quantity of food you feed your pets as they age.
Myth 3 – Fixing my pet will change its personality or make him less protective.
If anything, it will make him calmer and more focused on you.
Myth 4 – We always find homes for our kittens/puppies.
Really? Do you know where every member of every litter is currently? What about your kitten’s kittens? What about your puppies’ puppies? The fact is, even purebred dogs and cats end up in shelters every day for a variety of reasons.
Myth 5 – My dog or cat is so cute and unique there should be more of her; my dog is a purebred.
Shelters are full of cute and unique cats and dogs. Over 50% of dogs in shelters are purebreds. Responsible breeders selectively breed for good genetics, health, and temperament. They will always take one of their dogs back. Would you?
Pet Overpopulation in Chico
Chico’s animal shelter receives 49 animals for every 1000 people -it may not seem like much, but the national average is 30 animals for every 1000 people. Many of them are unwanted and need a new home. The current population in the City of Chico is over 94,000 people. That means 4,600 animals will enter the shelter this year, with a large percentage of them never being claimed by their owners.
Irresponsible breeding is one of several reasons why Chico has an overpopulation problem – backyard breeders produce too many unwanted animals and often they are breeds that can be commonly found in shelters already.
By law, our City shelter must hold stray animals for at least 5 days. The City of Chico must pay for this 5-day holding period, which means tax payers are directly affected by animal overpopulation.
The overpopulation of cats in Bidwell Park have an effect on the bird population and other wildlife in the park.