Home & Veterinary Care : Before and After Surgery


Removing Food & Water

Please remove food and water by 10pm the night before the surgery.  It is important that your pet have an empty stomach the morning of the surgery, as anesthesia can cause vomiting.  We would like to have your pet here at the clinic between 7:30am and 8:00am the morning of the surgery.  A technician will go over the paperwork and explain the procedure to you at that time and have you sign some surgical release papers.


Pre-surgical blood work

It is highly recommended that all patients undergoing surgery and anesthesia have pre-surgical blood work done.  This is to ensure that te organs (kidneys and liver) are functioning properly to allow your pet to go under and wake up safely from the anesthesia.  This blood work is required for animals over 3 years of age.


What happens after surgery?

We will contact you by phone when your pet's surgery is over.  Your pet will be somewhat groggy after the surgery, but will be awake by the time you pick your pet up.  Neuter patients are able to go home the same day after 4:00pm.  All spay, declaw, and orthopedic patients will spend the night and will be released after 10:00am.  The morning after the surgery, all patients are checked and offered breakfast.  We will contact you first thing in the morning if a complication should occur.  You will receive a complete set of instructions on how to care for your pet when you take them home.


Spay

The tummy will be shaved and fur can be expected to grow back within 4 to 6 weeks.  Most of the time suture removal is required in 10 days.  Activity needs to be restricted for at least 5 days after the surgery.  Leash walks only!  Please check the incision site at least once a day.  If your pet removes a suture, irritates the incision, refuses to eat, or any other change in their general health please notify us!


Neuter

Suture removal is NOT required.  Sutures are buried underneath the skin and will dissolve in 2 to 3 months.  Some areas may need shaving and the fur can be expected to grow back within 4 to 6 weeks.  Activity needs to be restricted for at least 5 days after the surgery.  This is very important to avoid swelling!  Leash walks only!  Please check the incision site at least once a day.  If your pet chews or damages the incision site, seems depressed, refuses to eat, or if the incision site is red or swollen and oozes pus or blood, please notify us!


Declawing

Restricting exercise may be difficult but it is important to prevent them from jumping as much as possible for the first 5 days after surgery.  Clay litter is not to be used for the first 7 days.  You can use newspaper or a special litter called Yesterday News.  Yesterday News is a litter made of newspaper and formed into pellets.  Some spotting of blood is normal, but if the bleeding persists then please notify us.  Also notify us if their feet appear swollen, or if they are reluctant to walk.  Note that some cats, especially older cats, may be somewhat tender and not as active for a few days after the surgery.