For their safety, pets must be properly prepared in advance of their surgery.
For all animals over 4 months of age, no food, treats, snacks or anything else considered a solid is allowed after midnight the night before the procedure. To avoid accidental ingestion of food, grass, prey, or other objects, your pet must be kept indoors overnight, and when taking your dog out in the morning to go to the bathroom, keep them on a leash so that you can be sure they don’t eat anything while they are outside. Water is allowed right up until morning and in fact it is better not to take it away at all in order to prevent dehydration before surgery.
If your pet is found to have eaten anything after midnight we will unfortunately need to reschedule their surgery. Pets that do not fast are at a high risk of vomiting and aspiration during surgery, which can be life threatening.
Upon arrival at the clinic, dogs must be on a leash unless they are small enough to be held safely in your arms or in a carrier. Cats must be in a kennel or otherwise safely contained to prevent escape or injury. If you dog or cat is aggressive, please remember to warn our staff so that we may take the proper precautions before handling your pet.
At the time of pick up, you will be provided with a printed set of instructions on how to care for your pet after surgery.
If you have lost your instructions or would like to read them in advance of taking your pet home, you can download them here: