Surgery Reminders

A few important reminders for your pet’s upcoming surgery!

If you have any specific questions or concerns, please call the Clinic at 704-292-7729.

 

Pre-Surgical Instructions

  • No food after 12:00am (Midnight) the night prior to surgery.
  • Bring all vaccine records to your appointment if they’ve been seen at another veterinarian. We must have proof of vaccines if we are not administering them here.
  • Drop off for cats is between 7:00am – 7:30am. Make sure your cat comes in a carrier, and if you’re bringing multiple cats, they must be in separate carriers.
  • Drop off for dogs is between 7:30am – 8:00am. Make sure your dog comes in on a leash.
  • Pick up for dogs is between 2:30pm – 4:45pm, and for cats is between 3:00 – 4:45pm. If your pet is not picked up prior to the Clinic’s closing time of 5:00pm, we may send your pet to a boarding facility, and you will be held responsible for all additionally acquired fees.
  • If you requested any additional services for your pet during check-in, or there are any additional charges accrued during surgery, you will be responsible for the balance during check-out when you pick up your pet. We accept cash and all major cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

Post-Surgical Instructions

  • No running, jumping, playing, or any other strenuous activity for 7-14 days after surgery. No grooming, swimming, or bathing for at least 14 days. Pets must be kept indoors, where they will stay warm, dry, and calm. Dogs must be kept on a leash and cats kept strictly indoors.
  • Check the incision site multiple times daily. DO NOT CLEAN THE INCISION. There should be no drainage or oozing of any kind. Redness and swelling are common but should be very minimal. DO NOT allow your pet to lick or chew the incision, as this can cause it to re-open and require additional surgeries. If you see this behavior, an Elizabethan Collar (cone) must be used to prevent it.
  • Appetite and activity should return as normal post-surgery. Lethargy, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are not normal after more than 24 hours, and if any of these symptoms continue to occur, your pet should be taken to your regular veterinarian.
  • Do not change your pet’s diet! Do not give table scraps, junk food, milk, or any other human foods for the extent of their recovery period. This could cause other issues and disguise post-surgical complications.
  • Your Dog/Cat has a tattoo. A small green line will be next to the dog or cat’s incision site. The tattoo applied is a symbol recognized by most veterinarians indicating the dog/cat has already been altered. This is done to prevent them from possibly undergoing a second unnecessary surgical procedure. Tattooing is a mandatory part of our services.

 

 

The Monroe Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic will, at minimal cost, treat any post-surgical complications resulting directly from surgery, if the above post-surgical instructions are followed in full. We cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow post-surgical instructions, or for contracting contagious diseases for which your pet was not previously properly vaccinated. Your regular veterinarian must address illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of surgery. Please call for an appointment as soon as you see any complications, 704-292-7729.