Pre-Op / Post-Op Instructions
PRE-OP FOR CLIENTS
- No food after midnight the night before surgery. (Water is OK until the morning.)
- Absolutely nothing to eat or drink in the morning! (exception: all puppies & kittens under 4 months should have a small snack around 6 am the morning of surgery.)
- All cats must be kept INSIDE the night before surgery is scheduled! (And for 2 weeks AFTER surgery.)
- All feral cats are to be trapped 1-2 days in advance of surgery appointment!
WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT CLINIC
- All dogs must wait in the car until the admission paperwork is completed, payment is accepted and your dog is called in.
- All dogs must have well-fitting collars (no choke or spike collars) and must be on a leash.
- All cats must be brought in their own standard, individual, hard plastic cat carriers.
Carriers must be purchased in advance of your appointment for your pet’s safety. For the safety of your pet NO LAUNDRY BASKETS, CARDBOARD, CANVAS, CLOTH OR HOMEMADE CARRIERS will be allowed.
APPOINTMENT DROP-OFF TIMES:
DOGS: Monday – Friday 7:50 a.m.
CATS: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m.
FERAL CATS: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m
SURGERY PATIENT DISCHARGES
Dogs will normally go home the same day as surgery, unless they are being transported by our transport van and returning to a shelter, or if alternate arrangements have been made in advance with the Clinic Director.
Cats are discharged the following morning, unless it is a feral cat coming in on a Friday.
DISCHARGE PICK-UP TIMES:
DOGS – Monday – Friday 3:20 pm.
CATS – Tuesday – Friday 7:20 a.m.
FERAL CATS – Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. the following day, Friday as determined that day
Please note, the clinic closes at 4pm on Friday. All patients MUST be picked up at the designated time.
- 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.
- 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. Dogs MUST wear an Elizabethan collar for 7-10 after surgery at all times. If cats are licking their incision excessively, an Elizabethan collar should be purchased and placed on your pet. Dogs may have a slight cough for a few days after surgery.
- You may receive 2 days of pain medication for your pet. Give the first dose tomorrow morning, with your pet’s breakfast. Always give this medication with food, and do not give unless your pet is eating and drinking normally. If in doubt, it is safer to not give the pain medication.
- Appetite should gradually return within 24 hours of surgery. 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. Lethargy or loss of appetite lasting for more than 24 hours post-op, diarrhea, or vomiting are not normal and your pet should be taken to your regular veterinarian if these occur.
- If there are any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call this office at (401) 369-7297. If there is an emergency after hours, contact your regular veterinarian or call the nearest emergency hospital.
- Your pet received a green tattoo next to their incision. This tattoo is a scoring process in the skin; IT IS NOT AN EXTRA INCISION. Potter League for Animals 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 concern. 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.