BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT
♠ If possible, fill out one on-line sign-in form for each pet by clicking the appropriate link below (only works from a computer at this time).
If preferred, paper copies can be filled out in the office on the morning of surgery.
♠ Cats-purchase Yesterday’s News litter from your supermarket. Also consider feeding your cat in or near the carrier for several days prior to surgery to make it easier to catch him/her on surgery day. Cats HAVE to eat daily so do not insist they go into the carrier if they refuse food.
♠ ******Feeding Instructions**********: If your pet is over 3 months of age, no food after 10 pm. If your pet is 3 months old or younger, no food after 6 am the morning of surgery. Do NOT withhold water from any pets. We recommend a note be placed on the food or at the feeding station the night before surgery to prevent habitual morning feeding.
♠ Consider Pre-operative blood tests. Call 609-267-6770 for more information.
♠ Read “AFTER SURGERY” (below) so you know about post-operative care, complications, and vaccination reactions.
♠ Reschedule if your pet becomes sick.
♠ Reschedule if your dog goes into heat. Cats can be spayed in heat. Wait 10 weeks after the heat cycle stops to schedule a dog spay. This helps prevent false pregnancy.
MORNING OF SURGERY
♠ Reschedule if your pet eats.
♠ Arrive at Pathways to Wellness at 1485 Route 38, Hainesport, NJ at your scheduled time.
♠ Walk dogs on the veterinary property before entering. A waste station is provided.
♠ Bring your sign-in e-mail if you can. If you have not finished an on-line consent form, you can fill one out at the clinic.
♠ Bring a Towel or Blanket that can be discarded if soiled.
♠ A rabies certificate is NOT needed unless you want a 3-year rabies shot for your pet.
♠ Dogs must be on leashes or in carriers.
♠ Cats MUST be in individual cat carriers or traps. Cardboard carriers can be purchased at the office.
♠ Clinic pick-up is between 5 and 6 pm unless we call you to come sooner. No pick-ups after 6:15 pm ($20 fee per 15 minutes late fee).
♠ Private pick-up is usually within 3-4 hours of drop off. You will be called as soon as your pet is ready to go home. Please ask the staff what time they leave if you would like to leave your pet longer.
♠ Be sure to leave with your towel or blanket, leash or carrier, pain-relief and any other medications and post-operative instructions that have the veterinarian’s phone number listed.
♠ Offer Water Immediately
♠ Offer a small amount of canned food when you get home. Feed 1/2 of a normal meal later. Resume normal feeding in the morning. Cats that have not been given extra pain medications may not eat well for a day or two.
♠ No Over-the Counter Pain Medications. TOXIC!
♠ Keep Outdoor Pets In the House (except for leash walking) for 10 days, Wild Cats for 24 hours.
♠ Avoid Running, Jumping, Playing for at least 10 Days.
Dogs: Allow Short Walks on Leash as Needed.
Cats: Confine to Small Area with Food, Water and Litter.
♠ Keep Warm. Avoid heating pads.
♠ No Baths for 10 days.
♠ E-Collar for 10 days.
♠ “Yesterday’s News” Litter (in supermarkets) for 10 days.
What to Expect (In Some Pets) After Surgery
♠ Minor sleepiness
♠ Watery eyes and/or drooling
♠ Rare vomiting
♠ A scrotum that is up to twice the size of the testicles. This resolves over 1-6 weeks.
♠ A non-painful lump by the incision. Resolves within 3-6 weeks.
♠ Sutures, if visible, may take 3 months to disappear. Most of the time sutures are NOT visible.
What Requires Veterinary Care After Surgery
♠ A “lump” near the incision that disappears when pushed on or that is accompanied by poor appetite
♠ Anything protruding from the incision
♠ Vaginal bleeding
♠ More than a few drops of blood from the incision the night of surgery or any bleeding thereafter
♠ A pet that is unwilling to move around
♠ Severe swelling (over 2 times the size the testicles had been) of the scrotum.
♠ Decreased appetite that lasts more than 2 days
♠ Skin discoloration, pus or a highly painful swelling around the incision
♠ Anything that has you concerned. Trust your instincts: when in doubt, call the vet. Our veterinarian’s cell number will be provided on your post-operative paperwork for after-hours concerns.