Each surgery performed at the Pet Refuge ABC Clinic is performed by a licensed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Throughout the day, the animals are monitored by Registered Veterinary Technicians and fully trained assistants. Every animal will be treated with respect and compassion. Spaying and neutering procedures have been performed for many years and are considered a common surgical procedure. Every animal will receive their own individual sterile instruments and adequate pain control.
- Spaying is the termed used in reference to having a female animal altered by surgically removing the ovaries and uterus.
- Neutering is the term used in reference to having a male animal altered by surgically removing the testicles.
- If your animal is over four months of age please do not feed your dog or cat after midnight the night before surgery. If you have a puppy or kitten four months of age or younger, you do not need to fast them and they may eat breakfast the day of surgery. All animals should continue to have access to water prior to surgery at all times.
* If you need to cancel your appointment, please contact the Pet Refuge ABC Clinic 24 hours prior to your appointment.*
Post-Op Surgery Instructions
The dogs will be picked up between 3 pm and 4:30 pm. Cats will be picked up between 4:00 pm and 5 pm. The exact pick up time will be scheduled with a technician at the time of drop off.
- Please keep the animal quiet for 7-10 days after surgery. This will require no running, jumping, or rough housing.
- No bathing or grooming for 7-10 days after surgery.
- Leash walk all dogs for 7-10 days after surgery.
- Keep an eye on the incision. A little bit of swelling and redness is acceptable. Any redness or swelling that is excessive please call the Pet Refuge ABC Clinic as soon as possible.
- The animals can have food and water the evening after surgery. The animals may or may not be hungry. Their appetite will gradually return. If they do not start eating within 24 hours, please call the clinic.
- Every animal will receive a permanent, green tattoo on their abdomen. This line is a universal sign showing the animal has been spayed or neutered.
- If there are any questions or concerns regarding surgery, please contact the Pet Refuge ABC Clinic as soon as possible. If it is an after hours emergency, please refer to your paperwork for the emergency on-call veterinarian phone number.