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We appreciate as much notice as possible if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment as we often have a waiting list of animals in need of our services. We have reserved a surgical slot for you. We require 48 hours for cancellations to be eligible for rescheduling.
NIGHT BEFORE SURGERY
1) If the animal normally stays outdoors overnight, he/she must stay indoors the evening before surgery.
2) Animals over four months old MUST have food withdrawn at midnight the night before surgery. This ensures that the animal’s stomach is empty by the time he’s put under general anesthesia. If your adult pet has eaten the morning of surgery, please let us know.
3) Pediatric animals (4 months or younger) should have food available until 6:00AM on the morning of surgery. This helps to avoid decreased blood sugar level.
4) Water should not be withdrawn prior to surgery.
DROP OFF TIME
1) Check-in time is 8 – 10 a.m. for dogs and 9 – 11 a.m. for cats.
2) While our Covid-19 safety procedures are in effect, please read and follow those directions regarding arrival with your pet and pick up after surgery.
1) Our veterinarian will perform a pre-operative physical examination to make sure that your pet is a good candidate for surgery.
2) If your pet is too fractious to handle, a physical exam will be performed under anesthesia.
3) Feral cats receive their physical exams under anesthesia.
4) If your pet shows signs of illness or if there are any concerns (such as age, a heart murmur, severe upper respiratory infection, obesity, food in stomach) we may refuse surgery if we feel surgery is a health risk.
5) 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.
CATS – WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR APPOINTMENT
1) You must bring your cat in a clean pet carrier.
2) Do not put multiple cats in one carrier. Your pet needs to be able to lie down comfortably in the carrier after surgery. Your pet may be agitated or aggressive when they go home due to the after-effects of anesthesia. Cats that routinely get along well may not be tolerant of each other in the immediate post-operative period.
3) If you have multiple cats in one carrier when you arrive, you will be asked to transfer your cat(s) to one of our cardboard carriers to go home ($5.00 each).
DOGS – WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR APPOINTMENT
1) Dogs must be under control on a leash or in a clean pet carrier.
2) If your dog is not good-natured around other dogs, cats or people a muzzle is required.
3) Please take your dog for walk before you arrive as he/she will be in a kennel all day.
SAME DAY PET PICKUP
While Covid-19 safety procedures are in effect, please read and follow directions regarding text notifications.
Pets are discharged same day as surgery, after recovery from anesthesia.
Dog Discharge is typically from 2-4 pm. Cat discharge is typically 4-5 pm.
We will review the After Surgery Instructions with you so that you know what to expect over the next few days as your pet recovers.
You will be informed of any conditions or medical issues the veterinarian may have found during examination which may require follow up at a full service veterinary clinic.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU BRING YOUR PET HOME
- If your dog is active after surgery, they may experience slight swelling up to 7-10 days after surgery
- We strongly recommend you keep your pet confined in a crate or small room the night after surgery.
- Your pet may be groggy when you get home, experiencing a “hang-over” from the anesthesia. Your pet will typically require 18-24 hours to recover from the general anesthesia. Most animals will be back to normal when the anesthesia leaves their system entirely, usually within 24 hours.
- Your pet may sleep much more than normal for 18-24 hours following surgery.
- You pet may be a little agitated or aggressive due to the after-effects of anesthesia. Avoid handling the animal too much as he/she may try to bite or scratch you.
- Isolate the animal from children and other pets. He may be more prone to snapping or nipping at other pets and even children due to the after-effects of anesthesia.
- Your pet may have poor balance. This will make climbing stairs or getting in and out of the car more difficult than usual, so be ready to assist. Help your dog in and out of the car as sudden movements can damage his stitches. Lift the dog by wrapping your arms around the dog’s chest/front legs and rear/back legs.
- Make sure your cat has a comfortable spot to sleep in a confined, secure, quiet place. Once she’s settled, she’s likely to sleep it off and will be fine upon awakening.
- We provide 24/7 aftercare. If you have concerns, call the 800 number provided at check out. We are not responsible for vet care not authorized by one of our staff through our documented aftercare system. 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.
- What you see on the day of surgery is what we consider normal. There should be no drainage. A very small amount of redness/swelling at incision may occur.
- If animal allows, check incision site once daily for one week. Check for excessive redness, swelling, discharge, blood or if incision site is open.
- Do not clean or apply any topical ointment to the incision site. If concerned please call the 800 number provided at check out.
- Sutures will dissolve and may create a swelling 7-10 days after surgery.
- Unless you are told otherwise, your pet does not have external sutures.
- Male cats do not have any sutures.
- All sutures are absorbable on the inside. The very outer layer of skin is held together with surgical glue.
- If you are told that your pet has skin sutures or skin staples, he/she will need to return in 14 days to have those removed. Please come in between 10am – 2pm to have staples removed, you do not need an appointment.
- All female cats, female dogs, and male dogs receive a small green line tattoo near the incision line.
- This is a universally recognized tattoo that identifies your pet has been spayed or neutered.
- Tattoos are generally not placed on male cats.
- Anesthesia tends to make animals experience nausea, so your pet may not want to eat when he/she gets home after surgery.
- You need to re-introduce food slowly. Offer a small amount of water 2-3 hours after leaving. If successful offer small amount of food 1-2 hours later. Your pet should be back to a normal diet the day after 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 for a period of one week. This could mask post-surgical complications.
- Your pet’s appetite should return gradually within 24 hours of surgery.
IF YOUR PET WAS IN HEAT
If your female dog or cat was in heat at the time of surgery, you must keep her away from un-neutered males for at least two weeks. While she is unable to become pregnant, she will still attract intact males for a short period of time.
- The healing process takes 14 days.
- Any strenuous activity could disrupt the healing process.
- Some animals are active after surgery, while others are quiet. It is very important that you limit your pet’s activity during the healing process.
- Pets must be kept indoors where they can stay clean, dry, and warm.
- No running, jumping, playing, swimming, or other strenuous activity during the 14 day recovery period.
- Do not bathe your pet or have it groomed during the recovery period.
- When outdoors dogs should be on a leash and taken for short walks only for next 14 days.
- Non-feral cats should be kept indoors for the next 14 days.
- Keep animal away from all hazards (including stairs).
Spaying and neutering are very safe surgeries; however, complications can occur. Minimal redness and swelling should resolve within several days. Please contact Spay Oklahoma immediately (Monday-Friday) if redness and swelling persists or if you notice any of the following:
- Pale gums
- Discharge or bleeding from the incision
- Difficulty urinating
- Labored breathing
- Decreased appetite
- Lethargy lasting more than 24 hours
Spay Oklahoma will re-check your pet at no charge at our clinic for any complications resulting directly from surgery. There may be a minimal cost for medication if needed (such as antibiotics) or an e-collar (cone of shame).
Spay Oklahoma cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow post-operative instructions or for contagious diseases in post-operative period.
Your regular veterinarian must address illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of surgery.