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 accept cash, 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.