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Surgical Instructions


Pet drop off is between 8-9am. Arrangements may be made for earlier drop off. We will also accept the pet at no charge the night before.

Pick up is after 4pm. If your cat is getting a declaw, pick up will be the next day. 

Special Instructions
Please withhold food from your pet starting at 10 pm the night before surgery.

Pets can have water up until the time of their appointment.

Cats must be brought in separate pet carriers.

Dogs must be brought in on a leash or a carrier.

If your pet has had his/her vaccinations, please bring the paperwork (not the tag) with you.

If a female is in heat or pregnant at the time of surgery, there will be an extra fee.

If a male pet has any undescended testicles, there will be an extra fee.


Especially with male dogs, use an elizabethan collar until your animal’s incision has completely healed.  This should be approximately 7-9 days.

Anesthesia interferes with an animal’s ability to regulate body temperature.  Keep your pet confined to a small area (i.e. the bathroom with the toilet lid down or your laundry room) where it is warm and quiet for 1.5 days.  Do not put your pet on a bed or other high places.  Separate your pet from young children and other pets.  Keeping your pet in its own carrier is a great idea for the pet’s safety.

Do not give aspirin, tylenol, or other pain relievers to your pet.  These medications can be deadly to pets!

Generally, anesthesia will upset your pet’s stomach.  You can offer your pet something to eat or drink when you return home, but do not be surprised if your pet does not do either.  Please do not offer your pet a full portion of food.

Anesthesia may wear off slowly, so your pet may appear drugged this evening but will become progressively more active and alert with time.  Pets may growl, claw at invisible objects and act strangely for up to 24 hours. They do best in quiet, dark places, but good monitoring should occur.

All newly sterilized pets need time and rest to heal.  Please restrict your pet’s acitivity as much as possible over the next week.  This means no wrestling with children or other pets.  Running and jumping should be minimized as much as possible.  As female animals heal and their sutures dissolve, a small bubble may appear at the surgery site.

Do not allow your pet to get wet or have a bath until the stitches in the wound have been removed.  If bathing is required, minimize the amount of water at the surgical site.

Monitor the surgical site daily for signs of bleeding or infection, (i.e. weeping or oozing wounds, puffiness, bubble like masses under the skin, etc).  For the first five days, the main concern is to restrict the pet’s licking of the incision.  Licking can damage the incision itself.

Your pet has sutures (male cats do not require sutures).  Your pet needs to return for suture removal in 10 days.  If you pets demonstrates any unusual behavior, (i.e. laziness, labored breathing, etc), so please make an appointment immediately.

If a female animal is spayed during her estrus cycle, she is still attractive to males for several days following her surgery and is still capable of mating.  You must keep her away from all male animals for up to two weeks.

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