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You and your pet need to be prepared for your pet’s spay or neuter surgery. All surgical procedures involve risk. Doing all of these things DOES NOT guarantee there will be no complications. Here are some things you’ll need to do to help him or her get ready.



Withhold food from surgery patients after 10 p.m. the night before surgery, and do not give any food the morning of surgery. Withhold water after midnight prior to surgery. IF YOU ARE UNSURE IF YOUR ANIMAL HAS EATEN, PLEASE ENSURE TO TELL THE STAFF!


Age of Animals:

No dogs or cats admitted for surgery under 3 months of age. Our recommendation is for your pet to be spayed or neutered between 4-6 months of age. For older or senior animals, there is additional risk to have your pet spayed or neutered. However, if you decide you want your animal fixed, the clinic requires a complete blood panel to make sure that your dog is healthy enough to safely undergo surgery or evaluate any risk. The blood test checks for anemia, kidney or liver disease, infection, and blood glucose levels, conditions that might not be evident through physical exam alone. If your vet thinks it is wise, she may also order x-rays or other tests. To evaluate your pet fully, we recommend these tests on all animals, but require it on our senior patients.


If the Animal Is in Heat:

Animals can be spayed when they are in heat.


Unsafe Flea Prevention:

Do not apply any over-the-counter flea products to patients 2 weeks before the day of surgery. This includes dips, powders, flea collars, or topical ointments from grocery stores or feed stores. Although we do not recommend the use of these products, you may continue use of these products 4—5 weeks after surgery and when the surgical site is completely healed.


Safe Flea Prevention:

Products like Advantage, Frontline, and Revolution are safe to apply before and after surgery.


Heartworm Prevention:

Heartworm prevention should be administered as normal, regardless of the surgery date.


Nursing Animals:

Be sure that lactating animals do not nurse for at least 2 weeks before the day of their surgery. Their puppies and kittens should be between 6 and 8 weeks of age and eating and drinking on their own prior to their mother's surgery.


Animals that are pregnant:

We recommend if you want your pet spayed while they are pregnant, you do this as soon as possible. There are additional charges associated with this procedure. Please talk to your veterinarian if this is the circumstance you are in.


Restraining Your Animal:

Upon arrival, all dogs and cats must be restrained by a leash or in a carrier. Cats must be in a carrier.


Most of the time, your pet will be ready to go home on the same day – so please be prepared to pick up you pet at a designated time.