Ace of Spays

Female Dog Instructions - Ace of Spays

Before Your Appointment


  • Learn about heat (menstrual) cycles and what to do if she goes into heat by clicking this link:


  • Consider a complete physical exam and/or bloodwork. Neither are required but please read our recommendations here:


Night Before Surgery

  • Feeding Instructions:
    • No food after 10 pm. Leave water down.
    • Do NOT withhold water from any pets. 
  • Place a note on the food or at the feeding station the night before surgery to prevent accidental feeding.

Morning of Surgery

  • Reschedule if your pet eats.
  • Arrive at 1485 Route 38, Hainesport, NJ at your scheduled time. There is a map below. Drop off time is between 8-9 am.
  • Walk your dog on the veterinary property before entering. A waste station is provided.
  • Bring your consent form. You will find this in your e-mail once you fill the form out online. If you haven’t filled it out yet, here is the link: CONSENT FORM. If you have trouble with this for ANY reason, please do not worry. We can do it at the office with you when you arrive.
  • 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.

Pick Up Time

  • Pick up at your scheduled time. If you cannot manage your scheduled time, pick up anytime between 4-5 pm. Do not wait for a call. All pets will be ready to leave by 4 pm. No pick-ups after 5 pm ($50 fee per 15 minutes late fee).
  • Be sure to leave with:
    • your towel or blanket
    • your leash or carrier
    • any medications that were prescribed, including pain-relief medications
    • your invoice (will have doctor’s cell number)
    • your post-operative instructions


After Surgery

  • Be sure water is available immediately on returning home.
  • Keep warm. Avoid heating pads.
  • Offer a small amount of canned food when you get home. Feed 1/2 of a normal meal 2 hours later.
  • Resume normal feeding in the morning. 
  • No over-the-counter pain medications. TOXIC!
  • Avoid running, jumping, and playing for at least 10 Days. Crates can be very helpful. Allow short walks on a leash as needed. If you are unable to keep your dog calm, please email us at We can provide dosing information for medications that can help.
  • No Baths for 10 days.
  • E-Collar, if purchased, for 10 days.

What to Expect (In Some Pets) After Surgery

  • Minor sleepiness
  • Watery eyes and/or drooling
  • Rare vomiting
  • A non-painful lump by the incision. Resolves within 3-6 weeks.
  • Sutures are under the skin. They get absorbed by the body so suture removal is not needed. 

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
  • 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. 

Emergency contact numbers

Dr Cobb’s cell phone number (for post-operative concerns ONLY) will be provided on your invoice. She greatly prefers texting. If the situation is urgent, do not wait for a reply. Pennsauken Animal Hospital (856-662-4450) runs a reasonably priced urgent care. When they are closed, we have been most happy with Blue Pearl Levittown (215-750-7884), or, locally, Mt Laurel Animal Hospital (856-234-7626).

Non-Urgent Post-Operative Concerns

You can e-mail non-emergent questions, including photos, by using this link:


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