Ace of Spays

Male Dog Instructions - Ace of Spays

Before Your Appointment


  • 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 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 are under the skin. They get absorbed by the body so suture removal is not needed. Some male dogs will have an incision over the scrotum. This does not have sutures.

What Requires Veterinary Care After Surgery

  • 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. 

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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