Common recommendations during and after the surgery (for both shelter and non-shelter animals).
Remember, all of the following things are optional, in most cases. There are some things that we need to tell you about regarding anesthesia and the after-care of these surgeries- whether you are adopting from the shelter or bringing your dog or cat in to be spayed or neutered.
What to expect the day of surgery
The animals all get a fairly thorough examination prior to the procedure sometime in the late morning. We check their temperature, heart, lungs, ears, teeth, gums, skin, body, genitals, eyes (superficially), legs, etc. We then call the client and discuss what we have found and what we recommend. If we find something, like an ear infection, we make sure to call you so you are aware if there is anything wrong with your pet. Being aware is key.
Usually we will call you late morning or early afternoon. Animals need to be picked up during the week before 5:15 pm, except Thursdays, when the pick up time is before 6:00 pm. We will tell you what time they can be picked up. Please make arrangements ahead of time. We discourage boarding your pets overnight due to space limitations. In certain circumstances, we can board overnight, but there is a fee associated with that service.
Pre-operative blood work and an intra-operative IV catheter and fluids
The IV fluids are help keep the blood pressure stable while under anesthesia and really help support the blood flow to the kidneys. We highly recommend this for your pets.
Elizabethan collar (e-collar)
Fecal examinations and de-worming