Surgery Instructions





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Mobile Clinic Pre-Surgery Instructions

Listed below are some instructions to be followed prior to surgery. Should you have any questions prior to day of surgery, please telephone us at (973)454-1625. A volunteer will return your call as quickly as possible.
 
1. Do not give your pet food or water after 8:00 pm the night before surgery.
 
2. You will be advised regarding the cost of the spay/neuter procedure at the time the appointment is made. Services in addition to the surgery (vaccinations, testing, ear-tipping, microchipping, flea and tick treatments, etc.) will be discussed at that time.

3. Payment is expected on the day of the surgery. Payment can be cash, check, or credit card.
 
4. Drop-off time is between 8:00 am and 8:30 am. All cats must be in the appropriate size carriers or humane traps. Dogs must have identification tags and be on leashes.

5. Pick-up time varies, but is usually between 4:30 and 5:30 pm. Animals left overnight will be charged a daily rate by the holding facility.

6. Site location and date will be given to the owner when the appointment is made.
 
7. Owners will be informed of anesthesia risks. Owners of animals over 5 years of age will be encouraged to have blood testing done to be sure the animal will be able to handle anesthesia.

8. If you must cancel your appointment, please do so at least 48 hours in advance so that we can schedule those on our waiting list.

9. All animals must be flea and tick free or preventative applications will be charged.
 
10. Abandoning your animal is against the New Jersey Animal Cruelty Laws.




Post-Surgery and Discharge Instructions


Listed below are some post operative instructions that should be used as a guideline for your recovering pet.  For your convenience we have also listed a couple of animal emergency hospitals in the unlikely event your pet should require them.

Your pet was neutered or spayed today…
Your pet may be tired, groggy or sleep a lot…this is normal for the first 24 hours.  If this continues more than 2 days, please consult your veterinarian.

Your pet may not want to eat this evening
It is not necessary to force your pet to eat. Offer small portions of food to start, with water readily available at all times.

Your pet has sutures (stitches) or surgical glue (except for male cats)…
Please be sure your pet does not lick, bite or chew at the surgical site. If this occurs, your pet may need to have an Elizabethan Collar so that they do not open the surgical site. If the stitches of your pet are not dissolving sutures, then you will be instructed on when to take the pet to your veterinarian for suture removal.

Check your pet’s incision daily…
Let your veterinarian know if you see any extreme redness, discharge, and swelling or notice an odor. This could be a sign of infection.

Two days later, or sooner…
Your pet should be back to her normal behaviors of eating, drinking and playing.  Please be careful not to let her jump, climb or rough house too much as she may tear open the incision.



CARETAKERS OF FERAL CAT COLONIES: Be sure your cat is awake, alert, and responding to your voice BEFORE releasing them back to their colonies.  It is suggested that you feed and then release your post-surgical cat(s) first, and then feed your colony.



Should you need to contact an Animal Emergency Hospital after regular business hours, below are some local emergency hospitals for your pet.

Animal Emergency and Referral Associates
1237 Bloomfield Ave.
Fairfield, NJ
973-226-3282

Oradell Animal Hospital
580 Winters Ave.
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-262-0010

North Jersey Veterinary Emergency Services, LLC (NJVES)
724 Ridge Road
Lyndhurst, NJ
201-438-7122