Instructions for Care
- You must have an appointment. Please call (601) 544-5678 to schedule your pet for surgery.
- We recommend that you have your pet vaccinated at least two weeks prior to your appointment. Please let us know if your pet is over five years of age, or has health issues. Your pet may need to go to a regular, full service veterinary clinic in order to have spay or neuter surgery.
- All adult animals must have food withdrawn the night before surgery at 12:00 midnight. Pets must be kept indoors or confined. Animals 4 months or younger may have food until 5:00 AM the morning of surgery.
- Check in time is 8:00 - 8:30 AM for cats and 8:30 - 9:00 AM for dogs. If you arrive after 9:00 AM we will not be able to admit your pet for surgery - we will ask you to reschedule. We have a very strict surgical schedule that must be followed.
- Please leave your animal in the car until you have completed all of the required paperwork. A staff member or volunteer will advise you when to retrieve your pet.
- You must complete the necessary admission form when you arrive. You may stop by the clinic prior to your pet's scheduled surgery day and pick up paperwork to save time the morning of your appointment. Admission typically takes 20 minutes to complete.
- We require that you abide by MS state law and have a current rabies vaccination for your pet. If your pet does not have a rabies vaccine, we will administer it at the time of surgery for a charge of $8.00. If your pet does have a rabies vaccine, please bring proof in the form of a tag or certificate.
- All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a carrier. If you do not have a carrier for your cat, you can purchase a carrier at our clinic for $5.00. It is important that your cat is in a secure carrier BEFORE entering the clinic.
- Please refrain from bringing pet's personal items, such as bedding and toys, on their day of surgery. Due to the high volume of pets seen at our clinic each day, we cannot guarantee the return of these items.
- Most small dogs and cats will be released the same day at 3:00 PM. Large dogs will be released at 7:45 AM the following morning. Discharge may take approximately 30 minutes. Post-op instructions will be given promptly at the scheduled discharge times. There is a $25 late fee if you are more than 30 minutes late to pick up your pet.
- We do not board pets.
- Pets must be a minimum of 2 months of age and no older than 7 years of age to be eligible for surgery. Our clinic is designed to accept healthy animals for spay and neuter surgeries. If your pet has underlying health problems, the surgery should be performed at a full service vet clinic. If your pet has not been feeling well, it is best to reschedule the surgery for a later date.
- Check the incision site at least twice daily. What you see when you pick your pet up from the Clinic is what we consider normal. There should be no drainage. Redness and swelling should be minimal. Male pets may appear as if they still have testicles; this is a normal side effect, and swelling should subside gradually through the recovery period.
- DO NOT ALLOW YOUR PET TO LICK OR CHEW AT THE INCISION. All dogs will go home wearing an E-collar (lamp shade) to prevent them from licking or chewing. The E-collar must be worn at all times for 7 days. We recommend Bitter Apple licking deterrent for cats to prevent licking.
- Your pet has received a long-lasting pain injection that will last approximately 24 hours after surgery. If you would like to give your pet additional pain management, we can provide you with a 5-day supply of pain medication for $8 - $10.
- If your female dog or cat was in heat at the time of surgery, you must keep them away from intact males for at least two weeks. While they are unable to become pregnant, they will still attract males for a short period of time. If a male dog attempts to breed the female, it can cause serious, possibly life-threatening, damage to the female.
- Unless you are told otherwise, your pet does not have external sutures to be removed. All sutures are internal and will absorb on their own; the outer layer of skin is held together with surgical glue. This glue can dissolve if it gets wet or is exposed to prolonged moisture, so keep your pet dry for 7-10 days. Bathing, grooming and water exercise should be avoided during this period.
- Do not clean the incision site or apply topical medications of any kind to the incision site. Do not use any type of bandage, diaper or clothing to cover the incision site. These can lead to infection and inhibit proper healing.
- Limit your pet's activity for the next 7-10 days. No running, jumping, playing, swimming, or other strenuous activity during the 7-10 day recovery period. Pets must be kept indoors where they can stay clean, dry, and warm. Do not bathe your pet during the recovery period. Dogs must be walked on a leash, and cats must be kept inside. Keep your pet as quiet and calm as possible. The healing process takes at least 7 days.
- Your pet's appetite should return gradually within 24 - 48 hours of surgery. Lethargy, diarrhea, or vomiting lasting for more than 24 hours after surgery is not normal, and you should contact us immediately. Do not change your pet's diet at this time, and do not give junk food, table scraps, milk or any other human food to your pet. This could mask post-surgical complications.
- Minimal redness and swelling should resolve within 7 - 10 days. If it persists longer, please contact us.
- Please contact us immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms: pale gums, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, discharge or bleeding from the incision, difficulty urinating, and/or labored breathing. If you have any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call our office at (601) 544-5678.
- The Spay & Neuter Clinic will treat at our clinic, at no cost, any post-op complications resulting directly from the surgery, if the above post-operative instructions are followed in full. You may be responsible for the cost of additional medications as indicated by our veterinarian. Please call as soon as you see cause for concern. We cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow post-op instructions, or for contagious disease for which the animal was not previously properly vaccinated.