What Does My Pet Need?

In addition to spay and neuter surgery, Nutmeg Spay/Neuter Clinic offers several preventative health care services that you may elect to have performed at the time of surgery. Below you will find an explanation of these services, treatments, and medications. If your pet is diagnosed with an issue at the time of surgery, some medications will be administered as a “required” treatment.

You can elect to provide optional medications / treatments at the time of surgery for an additional fee.

For Cats

Recommended for all kittens and cats not previously tested. This tests for 2 viral infections in cats (feline leukemia and feline AIDS) that are often fatal. ***The exception to this would be TNR cats. We only recommend this test for TNR cats if there is prevalence of illness in a colony.

this is a core vaccine for Panleukopenia (a lethal disease), as well as Herpes and Calicivirus, 2 respiratory viruses that can cause serious illness. All kittens should receive a series of these vaccinations and boosters as adults.

This medicine is used to treat cats that have, or are at risk of catching, “mixed” (caused by more than one parasite) parasitic infections. Profender works for infections caused by certain types of roundworms, tapeworms, as well as lungworms.

See the section below to find out about treatments given to both dogs and cats.

For Dogs

This is a core vaccine for Distemper and Parvovirus. These diseases can be deadly to dogs. All puppies should receive a series of these vaccinations followed by boosters as adults.

This is the “kennel cough” vaccine. It is usually required for obedience school and in canine doggie daycare/boarding facilities. Being vaccinated against kennel cough will help your dog fight this respiratory disease that is transmitted easily from dog to dog.

See the section below to find out about treatments given to both dogs and cats.

Testing ensures that your pet is free of heartworms, and ready to start or continue on heartworm preventive medication. Since heartworm is a fatal disease, annual heartworm testing is recommended. Consult with your veterinarian to determine the right testing schedule for your pet.

For Both Cats & Dogs

This is required by law to be updated for both dogs and cats. Rabies is a zoonotic disease (an illness that can be transmitted from animals to people) and has no cure.

All dogs and cats living in this area are susceptible to these parasites. Heartworm, flea, and tick preventatives are recommended year-round in the Northeastern United States. We offer several different choices of products- please see our pricing information for topical parasite treatments.

According to Found Animals, one in three pets will get lost at some point in their lifetime. 90% of pets without identification will not return home. It’s a simple procedure that will help keep your pet safe, it is NOT a GPS tracker. Nutmeg Spay/Neuter Clinic highly recommends microchipping of all pets.

Long nails can be painful and cause paw problems.

There are many myths about spaying and neutering. If you are concerned or have questions, we encourage you to contact our office in Stratford. We will be happy to talk with you about anything you may be worried about in terms of spaying or neutering your cat or dog.

For more information, please visit our new patient center.


E-collars are required for surgery and must be purchased and supplied by the pet owner.

Un collar Isabelino bien ajustado evitará que su mascota lama el área quirúrgica.

Every pet deserves care

Understanding E-Collars

If you are like most pet owners, you are familiar with the image of a dog or cat wearing a plastic cone around their neck. This device is known as an E-Collar, and while it is not well loved among pets, it performs a crucial role in aiding the healing process following a surgery. By preventing your pet from licking or scratching a lesion or wound, your pet will avoid further injury, reduce the risk of infection, and heal faster.

Getting needed care

Properly Fitting an E-collar

There are two main factors to keep in mind when fitting your pet with an E-Collar. First, ensure that the collar fits snugly around the neck; too tight will risk choking, too loose will see your pet escaping from the collar (you can count on this happening!) Second, you’ll want to size the collar so that it is long enough to extend 1 inch (for cats) to 2 inches (for dogs) past your pet’s snout while sitting as far back on the neck as possible. This will prevent the itching and chewing that will make the recovery process take longer and risk infection.


We Love Discounts Too!

You can purchase an E-collar from your regular veterinarian, most pet stores, or from one of the retailers listed below who offer a discount on a plastic E-collar for Nutmeg Clinic clients:

Puede comprar uno en su veterinario habitual, en cualquier tienda de mascotas o en estos minoristas que ofrecen un descuento en un collar electrónico de plástico para los clientes de Nutmeg Clinic:

20% discount:
H3 Pet Supply: 475 Hawley Lane, Stratford, 06614 (8.5mi) 203-690-1400

10% discount:
Petco Stratford: 955 Ferry Boulevard, Stratford, 06614 (3.3mi) 203-378-9004
Petco Fairfield: 340 Grasmere Avenue, Fairfield, 06824 (6mi) 203-255-7770
Petco Bridgeport: 4559 Main Street, Bridgeport, 06606 (10.2mi) 203-690-3774

Other resources


Explore our reduced cost spay and neuter pricing and consider purchasing a discounted bundled package for additional services at even greater savings

For Patients

Learn more about what to expect and our check in and check out procedures in our New Patient Center

Make an Appointment

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