PRE-SURGICAL INFORMATION

Check-in time for all animals is listed on the schedule. Your payment is due at the time of check-in.

If we find additional health concerns during our examination of your pet we will contact you and payment will be due at pickup. We prefer cash to help check-in go quicker, but also accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

PLEASE LEAVE YOUR PET IN THE CAR UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO BRING THEM IN.

Cats MUST be in secure carriers AND have a small towel inside it (accidents happen!!). We are not responsible for animals who get loose or lost due to inadequate or unsafe carriers.

All dogs MUST have a well-fitting collar/harness and leash.

For animals under 6 months: If your animal is under 6 months, you do not need to restrict food or water. Kittens and puppies can have dangerously low blood sugar levels if food is restricted before surgery.

For animals 6 months and over: Please give them 1/3-1/2 their normal breakfast meal, ideally before 7am. Newer, updated research indicates fasting overnight is not necessary and can prolong the recovery from anesthesia. Water is always fine.

POST-SURGICAL INFORMATION

  • Food and water is fine.
    • They may not be interested in food after surgery.
    • If they eat tonight they may vomit, in which case don't give additional food until morning.
    • They will likely return to normal eating the day after surgery.
  • Anesthesia side effects!
    • Shaking, whining, and restlessness are normal side effects of the anesthesia drugs.
    • These symptoms generally dissipate within 24 hours.
  • Pain medication was administered by injection today.
    • Don't give additional pain medication or any over-the-counter pain medications unless directed to by a veterinarian.
    • Unless directed otherwise by your veterinarian, continue to give your pet any other medication it is on, per its usual schedule.

For the Next 10 Days

  • Limit their activity.
    • Leash walks only.
    • No running, jumping or climbing.
    • No baths or swimming
    • Indoor/outdoor animals should be kept in a clean and warm environment, and all pets should be watched carefully for at least 24 hours after surgery.
       
  • Check the incision twice daily, once in the morning and again at night.
    • Some swelling is normal.
    • Female cats may develop a seroma over the next week and a half. This is a pocket of fluid underneath the incision in the form of a lump. They usually resolve over time and don't require treatment.
    • Prevent licking of the incision. If licking persists or is incontrollable, an e-collar may be necessary and can be purchased online or at a pet supply store.
    • The sutures used in the incision are dissolvable and don't need to be removed.