Surgical Preoperative and Recovery
Before arriving at our facility, please familiarize yourself with the important information below.
If there are any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery, please call this office during business hours at 941-747-8808 option 1.
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Food & Water
Please do not give your adult dog or cat any food after midnight (12:00 am) the night before surgery, or any water after 7:00 am the day of surgery. Puppies and kittens four months and younger can have food and water until 7:00 am.
Keep Your Pets Indoors
Pets need to be kept indoors the night before surgery to ensure they do not eat something outside, which could cause potentially dangerous complications during surgery.
If Your Pet Is Sick
If your pet shows ANY symptoms of being ill, please do not come into our clinic. Call the Veterinary Clinic at 941-747-8808 option 1 to schedule an exam and you can reschedule surgery with us when your pet is feeling better. We cannot risk infecting other pets in our clinic or shelter.
A rabies vaccine is required by Florida state law prior to surgery. You must bring in proof (rabies certificate or medical records showing the date of the vaccine) that your animal has received the rabies vaccine. If your animal is due for the rabies vaccine, we will vaccinate them while they are with us. You can purchase a County License Tag at the time of your visit, too.
Check-In the Morning Of Surgery
Check-in is at 8:00 am for dogs and 8:30 am for cats. Due to our strict schedule, your animal may not be admitted if it is brought in after 8:30 am. All cats must be in a carrier, and dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier.
Method of Payment
We accept cash, credit, or debit. No checks are accepted for payment.
Pick-Up After Surgery
Dogs are picked up at 4:00 pm the day of surgery. The discharge instructions are given in a group setting, so we do ask that everyone be at the clinic at 3:30 pm. Cats are picked up the follow morning at 9:00 am, and these discharge instructions are also given in a group setting.
CLICK HERE to download a copy of instructions.
Your pet has had major surgery and will need to be well cared-for afterwards to help prevent complications. Following the instructions below will help ensure your pet has a successful recovery.
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 Their Incision
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. If this occurs, an Elizabethan collar MUST be applied to prevent it (these can be purchased at our clinic for $5.00).
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. This tattoo identifies that your animal has been spayed or neutered.
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.
Check the incision site twice daily. Unless otherwise mentioned on your paperwork, the sutures will dissolve and should not need further care. Watch for any redness or swelling of the incision site. In the event that there seems to be discharge, oozing or exceptional redness, call our clinic to schedule a time to come and see our doctor.
Appetite should return gradually within 24 hours of surgery. Lethargy lasting for more than 24 hours post-op, diarrhea, or vomiting are not normal. If your pet exhibits these symptoms, please call the Veterinary Clinic at 941-747-8808 option 1. Dogs may have a slight cough for a few days after surgery.
Call If You Have Concerns
If there are any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call this office during business hours at 941-747-8808 option 1. If there is an emergency after hours, contact the Veterinary Emergency Center at 941-896-9420. The Veterinary Emergency Center is located at 3915 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton.
The Humane Society of Manatee County 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. 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.