Thank you very much for choosing to have your animal altered. Spaying and neutering will provide your animal with greater comfort and health for years to come.
The following information is vital to ensure your pet’s safety during surgery, and also to ensure that the appointment process goes smoothly.
· Do not feed your pet after midnight (or 12 a.m.) the night before the animal is scheduled for surgery.
· Water is fine until 7 a.m. the day of surgery.
· Dogs must arrive on a leash or in a carrier; cats must arrive in a carrier. If you do not have a carrier, a cardboard cat box may be purchased ahead of time at the clinic.
· Drop-off time for all spay/neuter appointments is at 7:30am, please expect wait up to one hour for morning check in.
· You will need to fill out paperwork the morning of your appointment. Please schedule your morning accordingly as it will take about 30-45 minutes for check in process.
· Persons checking in or picking up animals must be at least 18 years of age.
· Pick-up time is between 4 and 5 p.m. on the same day of your pet’s surgery.
· Optional: You may want to groom your pets before their appointment dates as they should not bathe for 14 days after surgery.
If there is an emergency after hours (between 5:30 p.m. and 8 a.m.), please contact your local emergency veterinary clinic.
1. Keep your pet quiet and indoors. No running, jumping, playing, swimming, or other strenuous activity for seven to 10 days. Inside they’ll be able to stay clean, dry, and warm. No baths during this recovery period, when dogs need to go outside, walk them on leash.
2. Check the incision site twice daily. Redness and swelling should be minimal and there should be no drainage. Do not allow your pet to lick or chew at the incision.
Bitter Apple may be used around the incision to discourage licking or biting at the incision line; however, DO NOT put it directly on the incision. Use on the incision will sting and prevent the area from staying dry.
We suggest that you purchase an E-collar from us or your local pet store and use it if your pet is licking their incision site and when your pet will be left alone for any period of time. The edge of the collar needs to be long enough to go past the tip of your pet’s nose. It will prohibit him/her from licking, biting, or pulling at the incision.
* VERY IMPORTANT- Pets must be prevented from licking their incision sites!! We use surgical glue to hold the top layer of skin together, if your pet licks their incision site open and introduces bacteria from their mouth into their incision site, an abscess will likely ensue and your pet will need medical care at your cost.
There are no sutures to be removed, unless otherwise specified by a clinic representative.
3. Monitor their appetite and response to food. For dogs and cats, their appetite should return gradually within 24 hours of surgery. Start by offering a small amount of water after 5 p.m. If your pet keeps the water down, feed 1/3 to 1/2 their normal feeding after 6p.m. If your pet vomits, then don’t feed again until tomorrow morning.
Do not change your pet’s diet at this time and do not give junk food, table scraps, milk or any other people food during the recovery period. This could mask post-surgical complications.
4. Replace your male cat’s litter for three days after surgery. Use shredded newspaper or pelleted recycled paper litter.
5. Keep female pets away from male cats and dogs for 10 days after surgery.
6. Lethargy lasting for more than 24 hours, diarrhea, and/or vomiting is not normal. If any of these occur, your pet needs to be seen by a veterinarian.
1. Your female pet may have received a green tattoo at or near her incision. This is to show that she has been spayed and to prevent her from undergoing an unnecessary sterilization surgery in the future.
2. You may notice a reddish–brown stain on your animal around the surgical site. This is Betadine, a topical antiseptic used to sterilize the area prior to surgery. It will fade off the skin within a few days.
3. Do not be alarmed if your pet’s eyes look “weepy” or have mucous in them. Eye lubricant was applied to your pet’s eyes prior to surgery to prevent drying of his/her eyes.
4. Animals could have a mild cough after surgery due to the breathing tube placed during surgery.
If the cough is persistent, or if nasal or eye discharge is present, your pet may have an upper respiratory infection (similar to the human cold). please follow up with an Animal Hospital or with your regular veterinarian for treatment.
Your pet will receive injectable pain medication(s) to help with pain control during the first 24 hours of the recovery period. Dogs are sent home with 2-4 days of oral pain medication. We also offer Trazodone if you feel that your dog may benefit from a light sedative during the first week of recovery.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet’s surgery or recovery, please contact us:
Elevation Animal Rescue
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Monday through Saturday
We will treat at our clinic, at minimal cost, any post-operative complications that result from the surgery we performed on your pet — if the above post-op instructions are followed in full.
We cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow post-operative instructions or for contagious diseases for which the animal was not previously properly vaccinated.
If there is an emergency after hours, contact your regular or an emergency veterinarian.