Pre-Op / Post-Op


PRE-SURGERY INSTRUCTIONS

  • Every animal is required to be at least 2 months of age and 2 pounds before they can be spayed or neutered at Altered Tails.
  • If your animal is older than 5 years old, preoperative blood work is mandatory ($37.00)
  • Please do not allow your pets to have any food after 9 p.m. the night before surgery. This is to avoid any vomiting after anesthesia has been administered.
  • Water should be available until the morning of the surgery.
  • Cats must arrive to the clinic in a secured carrier, 1 cat per carrier with exception of kittens. Dogs must arrive on a leash. Cardboard carriers are available for sale at the clinic for $10.
  • Arrival & check-in time is at 7:30_a.m. The Veterinarian will perform a pre-surgical exam on every animal before they are spayed or neutered. If you arrive late (past 7:30am) your animal may not be sterilized and you may be asked to reschedule your appointment for another date.
  • If your female pet is in heat or pregnant, please be prepared to pay an additional fee of $50.
  • If your male pet is cryptorchid (has a retained testicle) please be prepared to pay an additional fee of up to $50.
  • Service prices for canine surgeries depend on the animal’s weight. There is a fee of $1.00 per pound for every pound over 100 lbs.
  • Vaccinations are not required, but are recommended. They are available at an additional fee at the time of your pets spay or neuter.
  • We offer limited vaccine appointment times for anyone who would like to schedule booster vaccines with us. Vaccine are currently scheduled on Mondays at 7:30 a.m.. Please call the clinic for availability.
  • Our clinic phone is (602) 943-SPAY (7729).
  • Our hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday, 7:30am to 5:00pm.

POST-SURGERY INSTRUCTIONS

  • Payment is due at the time of pickup. We are not able to offer any payment plans. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and cash.
  • Pick-up time for cats is between 3:00pm and 5:00pm.
  • Pick-up time for dogs is between 4:00pm and 5:00pm.
  • We close promptly at 5:00pm. A late fee of $30.00 will be assessed for animals picked up after 5:00 p.m.
  • After surgery, please watch your pet closely to ensure they are not licking their incision site. An E-Collar may be needed to keep your pet from licking, and may be purchased from the clinic for $10-$15. We can properly fit your pet while they are here in the clinic.
  • You will receive aftercare instructions during check-out. We will provide you a copy to take home and refer to as your pet is recovering.
  • Please contact the clinic to schedule a follow-up appointment if needed, or if you have questions about your pet’s recovery.
  • What to Expect When Your Pet Is Home
    • Your pet has had major surgery. The surgery requires general anesthesia. The patient is completely asleep and unable to feel or move.
    • In female dogs and cats, the uterus and ovaries are removed through a small incision in the abdominal wall. Females are unable to get pregnant.
    • In both male dogs and cats, the scrotum is not removed, only the testicles. Removal of the testicles prevents production of sperm and the male dog or cat will no longer be able to father puppies or kittens.
  • Surgical Procedure
    • Female dogs and cats have a mid-line incision in their abdomen.
    • Male dogs have an incision just above the scrotum and male cats have two incisions, one in each side of the scrotum.
    • Check the incision site at least twice daily. There should be no drainage. Redness and swelling should be minimal.
    • Male cats may appear as if they still have testicles. This is normal; the swelling should subside gradually through the recovery period.
    • DO NOT ALLOW YOUR PET TO LICK OR CHEW AT THE INCISION. If this occurs, we recommend you purchase an E-Collar to prevent this from happening.
    • If your pet has received a “belly wrap”, please remove the dressing the morning after the surgery. This was placed in order to prevent spotting on furniture (and other areas) from small of drops of post-surgical blood.
  • In Heat
    • If your female dog or cat was in heat at the time of the surgery, you must keep them away from un-neutered males for at least two weeks. While they are unable to become pregnant, they will still attract intact males for a short period of time.
  • Sutures
    • Unless you are told otherwise, your pet does not have external sutures. All sutures are absorbable on the inside and the very outer layer of skin is held together with surgical glue. Do not clean or apply topical ointment to the incision site. If you are told that your pet has skin sutures or skin staples, they will need to return in 7-10 days to have them removed. Male cats do not have any sutures.
  • Activity
    • Some animals are active after surgery, while others are quiet. It is very important to limit your pet’s activity for the next 7-10 days.
    • It is important to keep your pet away from small children and other pets the night of the surgery. Please keep your pet from running, jumping & excessive exercise for the next 7-10 days
    • No running, jumping, playing, swimming, or other strenuous activity during the 7-10 day recovery period. Pets must be kept indoors where they can stay clean, dry, and warm. Do not bathe your pet during the recovery period. Dogs must be walked on a leash and cats must be kept inside. Keep your pet quiet. Dogs and female cats have internal and external sutures that provide strength to the tissue as they heal. Any strenuous activity could disrupt the healing process. The healing process takes at least 7 days.
  • Feeding
    • After 6pm offer small amounts of food and water at a time. It’s important to limit vomiting after any surgical procedure. If vomiting occurs, please wait until the morning to offer food again.
    • Their appetite should return gradually within 24 hours of surgery. Lethargy lasting for more than 48 hours after surgery, diarrhea or vomiting are not normal and you should contact us immediately. Do not change your pet’s diet at this time and do not give junk food, table scraps, milk or any other people food for a period of at least 7 days. This could mask post-surgical complications.
  • Potential Complications
    • Spaying and neutering are very safe surgeries; however, complications can occur. Minimal redness and swelling should resolve within several days. If it persists longer, please contact us. Please contact us immediately if you notice any of the following:
      • Pale gums
      • Depression
      • Vomiting
      • Diarrhea
      • Discharge or bleeding from the incision
      • Difficulty urinating
      • Labored breathing
    • If you have any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call the clinic. If there is an emergency after hours, contact your regular veterinarian or the Phoenix Emergency Animal Clinic at (602) 995-3757.
    • We will treat at our clinic, at minimal cost, any post-op complications resulting directly from the surgery, if the above post-operative instructions are followed in full. Your regular veterinarian must address illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of the surgery. Please call for an appointment as soon as you see cause for concern. We cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow post-op instructions, or for contagious disease for which the animal was not previously properly vaccinated.