Before & After Surgery

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You’ll get an emailed confirmation in less than 18 hours with additional helpful information.

Before your pet’s surgery

One week before surgery: No over-the-counter flea/tick products, especially flea/tick collars or dips. These may interfere with the anesthesia used for surgery. (Comfortis flea treatment is acceptable.)

Morning of surgery:

Drop off at 7:15 am, arrive before 8:15am. (Allow 10-15  minutes for check-in.)

Dogs: leashed or in a carrier.

Cats: in a secure pet carrier with 2 layers of newspaper (no cloth) under your cat. One cat per carrier, please.

No food after midnight. Your pet may drink water.

Afternoon of surgery:

Your pet may be picked up 4:00pm- 5:00pm, we don’t close until 5:30pm.

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Post-Operative Care

Emergency: ABC After-Hours Surgical Care Hotline 254-292-3213 (your designated line for surgery-related questions during your pet’s 7-10 day recovery) or  Animal Emergency Clinic 254-752-6100.

Activity: Take care not to put pressure on the incision as you lift your dog into and out of the car. Jumping could tear internal sutures. Let staff know if you need help loading your pet. Keep your pet from romping, running, and jumping for 7 days while incision tissues mend. Dogs should be leash-walked only, and cats kept indoors (with the exception of unsocialized, outdoor cats – release the morning after surgery).

Environment: Your pet had major surgery; keep your pet quiet in an indoor area (bathroom/laundry) while anesthesia wears off in the next 12-18 hours. Pets must be kept calm, warm and clean (but no baths). Care during the next 7 days is key to a smooth recovery.

Incision: The veterinarian recommends a protective head cone to be worn for 7 healing days to prevent licking and chewing. A small green ½” line tattoo near the incision shows your pet has been spayed/neutered. Check tattoo and the surgery incision carefully each day. Call us on the hotline number above if you see swelling, redness or drainage. We welcome your pet for a recheck M-F 9:00am-1:30pm. (If you are concerned, we are too.) The incision should not get wet (from baths, pools or ponds) for one week after surgery.

Small Amounts of Food & Water (at a time): No gorging. No new foods. Offer your pet only ¼ of a normal meal around 6:00 tonight along with ½ cup of water. Repeated water is encouraged, but only ½ cup at a time. Appetite will return to normal during the first 24 hours after surgery. When this happens, resume the type and amount of food/treats that your pet normally receives.

Pain Medication Dogs: Begin post-op pain medication during a small evening meal around 6pm. If your pet doesn’t want a snack, give the first dose anyway. It is important to continue and finish as directed to prevent discomfort at the incision site. Failure to give pain medication encourages incision licking and delays healing. Liquid pain medication for dogs is pre-dosed in 6 needleless syringes. Each syringe is one dose, which should be squirted into the mouth every 12 hours. DO NOT give human pain medications (Ibuprofen, NSAIDS, aspirin, Midol, Tylenol, Aleve, etc.) which may be toxic.

Pain Medication for Cats: Extended-release (over 3 days) pain medication has been given by injection to male and female cats at the time of surgery.

Females in-heat or pregnant at the time of surgery may continue to attract males for up to 10 days. During this time, attempted breeding may cause internal bleeding. Females may also have a small amount of blood in the urine for 3-4 days after surgery. A male is capable of impregnating an unspayed female up to 3 days after he is neutered.

We provide you with these recommendations to avoid an expensive and painful post-op veterinary visit. We are happy to examine your pet’s incision at no charge, though costs of resuturing or antibiotics are your responsibility. If we are not open and your pet needs post-op medical assistance, call the hotline number above. The cost of the visit is your responsibility. We cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow our post-operative instructions.

We are thrilled to provide quality care for your pet. We expect you’ve had an excellent experience and hope you will consider a gift to ABC Clinic, as you are able. ABC Clinic relies on your support to help ensure pets in need have access to affordable, preventive pet care.

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Hugs to you and the 4-leggeds you care for!

Carrie Kuehl, Director

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Surgery: What to Expect

Drop off your pet between 7:15 am and 8:15 am the morning of your appointment.

Please bring your dog in on a leash with secure collar.

Please bring your cat in its own carrier, with two layers of newspaper underneath your cat. If you are bringing multiple cats, one per carrier please.

Allow for approximately 15 minutes to check-in and to complete paperwork for your pet’s surgery.

You may pick up your dog or cat as early as 4:00 pm. We close at 5:30 pm.

We will verbally go over after-care instructions prior to releasing your pet. These are very important and a written copy will be given to you.

Your pet will be awake, walking and a little lethargic from the anesthesia when you take him/her home.

Dissolvable sutures are used, so a return visit for removal is unnecessary.

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I am VERY satisfied with everything. Leo was kind of scared at first, but he has calmed down after getting him home. We couldn't believe the prices and everything that is included with the procedure, and everything was so helpful. The staff is soooo nice and was very explanitory about the post-op procedures and what to do in an emergency. Thank you ABC Clinic!!

Rebecka Feil and Leo