Night before Surgery

Do not feed your pet after midnight. The purpose of this is to prevent vomiting or diarrhea during and after surgery. You want your pet to have as much as an uneventful experience as possible to relieve any possible stress. You may want to consider keeping them in a quiet room the night before surgery. Please provide water for your pet to keep them hydrated for surgery.

When attempting to trap feral cats, only put a small amount of food in the trap cage the night before surgery with a small bowl of water. You only need a small amount of food (before midnight) for them to smell and approach the trap cage. Once you have them secured in the trap cage, cover them with a light sheet or towel to keep them calm and quiet.

Day of Surgery

Surgery check in time is on your scheduled day (Monday – Thursday) between 7:30 A.M. and 8:30 A.M. You will need to complete an authorization form along with any other forms needed to provide your designated type of service package before leaving the clinic.

We will take feral cats as walk-in appointment only due to the unpredictability of being able to catch the wild cats. The walk-in for feral cats is on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays only from 7:30 am to 8:30 am. You will need to complete an authorization form along with any other forms needed before leaving the clinic, as well.

After Surgery

Check out time is the same day of surgery between 3:00 P.M. and 4:30 P.M. We will provide you with After Care instructions (hard copy, as well) by one of our professional Vet Techs to ensure you are comfortable with how to care for your pet post-operative.

To get a head start and understanding of what the conversation may provide, read the following information.

Just as post-operative care is important if you have had surgery, it is important for your pet, as well. It is critically important to the healthy recovery of your pet or animal to follow these set of instructions:

PREVENT LICKING OF THE SURGICAL AREA! It is very important to prevent licking at the incision site.

Please do not apply a topical medication to prevent the licking. This will only promote licking to continue. You can achieve this by keeping an eye on them and moving their face and tongue away from the surgical area and telling them NO.

Keep an eye on the incision site by checking it once or twice a day for swelling, discharge or redness around the surgical area.

DO NOT GIVE ASPIRIN, TYLENOL OR IBUPROFEN to dogs or cats. They can be deadly. No other medication should be given to your pet unless instructed by the Vet on duty. Pain medication has already been administered to your pet or animal.

There are no sutures to be removed; all sutures are buried under the incision. The skin is also closed with surgical glue. A small bump is normal at the incision site.

It is very important to keep your pet or animal confined and quiet for 7 to 10 days to prevent incision from opening up and swelling of surgical area.

If your dog is female and the Vet has determined that the dog is in season (heat), you must keep her separated from male dogs for 10 to 14 days following surgery to prevent attempted or active mating which can adversely interfere with healing and possible injury to the female dog.

NO BATHS FOR 10 DAYS!

You may give a small amount of water after picking up your pet or animal from surgery; if there is no vomiting after 30-45 minutes of drinking the water, you may give a small amount of food to your pet or animal. Resume normal feeding the following day.

For post-operative questions or complications during business hours, call 830-249-2341. For surgery related emergencies, call 210-827-1300. If it goes to voicemail, please leave a message with your name, the pet’s name & a good contact number and we will return your call as soon as possible.