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Pre-Op Care Guidelines

Your pet should sleep indoors overnight the evening before his/her surgery.

The night before surgery, remove all food from adult pets (dogs and cats one year or older) no later than midnight. Pets may have water available overnight, and your pet may have a lap or two of water in the morning of the surgery. No guzzling!

Removing food and water lessens chances that your adult pet will vomit and aspirate during surgery. Inform the front desk at check-in if your adult pet has eaten the morning of his/her surgery.

Puppies and kittens under four months of age may have access to food the evening before surgery, and they have a small amount to eat until 6 am the morning of the surgery.

For example, a puppy can have 1/4 his/her regular morning meal of kibble before 6 am the morning of the surgery. A kitten may have a tablespoon of canned food before 6 am the morning of the surgery.

Bring your pet’s current vaccination record if you have one. Bring his/her current rabies certificate if you have one. Present these at check-in. A rabies tag is not proof of rabies vaccination. If you have no proof of a rabies vaccination, your pet (if over 16 weeks of age) will receive a one-year rabies vaccination at the time of surgery at an expense of $10.  

The veterinarian will perform pre-op exam to ensure your pet is eligible for surgery. If your pet is ill or has too much food in his/her stomach, or if the vet has concerns about any other condition that might put your pet at risk under anesthesia, we will ask that you postpone surgery until the illness or condition is resolved.