Surgery Reminders

A few important Surgery Reminders For Your Pets upcoming appointment.  

If you have specific medical questions or concern, please contact our clinic staff at 704-292-7729

Pre-Surgical Instructions

  • No food or water after midnight the night before surgery.
  • We require that your pet be current on Rabies and Distemper vaccines.  If your pet is current on Rabies and Distemper vaccines please make sure to provide proof from your veterinarian. If your pet is not current on these vaccines we will update them here at the clinic when they come in for their surgery.
  • Drop off your pet between 7a.m. and 7:45 am.
  • Cats need to be brought into clinic in a secure pet carrier.
  • If bringing multiple cats they must be in separate carriers
  • Dogs must be brought in on a leash.
  • Pick up time for your dog is 3:30p.m. to 4:45p.m.
  • Pick up time for your cat is 4p.m. to 4:45p.m.
  • If you did not pay at the time of scheduling your appointment and there is any balance due this must be paid when you drop off your pet in the morning.  We accept cash, debit, Visa, MasterCard or Discover.



  1. No running, jumping, playing, swimming or other strenuous activity for 7 to 10 days. Keep your pet quiet. Pets must be kept indoors where they can stay
    clean, dry and warm. No baths during the recovery period. Dogs must be walked on a leash and cats kept indoors.
  2. Check the incision site twice daily. There should be no drainage. Redness and swelling should be minimal. Do not allow your pet to lick or chew at the
    incision. If this occurs, an Elizabethan collar MUST be applied to prevent it.
  3. Appetite should return gradually within 24 hours of surgery. Lethargy lasting for more than 24 hours post-op, diarrhea, or vomiting are not normal and
    your pet should be taken to your regular veterinarian. Dogs may have a slight cough for a few days after surgery.
  4. 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.
  5. We recommend your pet receive a post-operative examination with your regular veterinarian 7 to 10 days after surgery. Have the incision checked for
    complete healing, to remove any skin sutures, and to discuss additional needs, follow-up care and vaccination boosters.
  6. If there are any questions or concems directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call this office at 704.292.SPAY (7729). If there is an emergency after hours, contact your regular veterinarian or REACH emergency hospital at 704.815.3939.

The Spay/Neuter Clinic will treat at our clinic, at minimal cost, any post-op complications resulting directly from the surgery, if the above post-op instructions are followed in full. 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 cause for concem. We cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow post-op instructions, or for contagious diseases for which the animal was not previously properly vaccinated.