Pre-Surgery Information

You must have an appointment for spay/neuter. Some exceptions may be made for feral cats; call for more information. To schedule an appointment, visit the “Home” tab.

  • Pets may have limited water up until the time of surgery. Please feed your pet 1/4 of their regular meal the morning of surgery.

  • All dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier, and all cats must be in a carrier before entering the clinic. This is for everyone’s safety and comfort.

    • If you do not have a carrier for your cat, a cardboard cat box can be purchased at our clinic for $5.

  • Feral cats should be in a COVERED humane trap or COVERED carrier. This will greatly reduce their stress.

  • Please note: we can spay/neuter cats that are in heat, as well as, cats and dogs that are pregnant.


Arrival Instructions

Check-in time for CAT and DOG owners is 7:30-8:15 AM.

  • Please plan to arrive on time to avoid a late fee. Animals arriving after the scheduled check-in time may be asked to reschedule.

  • We suggest leaving your dog in the car until you have completed the check in process. You will then be directed to bring your dog inside. You may bring your cat inside during the check-in process.

  • Please plan on a 15-30 minutes wait time to complete the paperwork and admission process. You may download our INTAKE FORM to complete ahead of time, in order to speed up the check-in process.

  • Payment is expected at the time of check-in. We accept cash and/or credit and debit cards. We do not accept CareCredit at this time.

  • During check-in, you will have the opportunity to choose any additional services you may want.

  • Rabies vaccinations are required UNLESS you can provide proof of a current rabies. Proof must be in the form of a rabies vaccination certificate from a licensed veterinarian as per state code. Rabies tags are not an acceptable proof of vaccination.

  • Please note: any pet with evidence of active fleas will be given a Capstar at an additional charge of $5-$7. There are no exceptions. This is done for the health of your pet and other pets in the waiting/kennel area. It is important that active fleas are not present during the time of surgery. You may purchase additional take-home flea medication if you choose to.

  • After check in, your pet will be given a pre-surgical examination for our medical staff.

  • If there are any health issues preventing surgery, your pet will not be admitted for surgery and will be sent home with antibiotics if needed. Our staff will be happy to provide an explanation and/or refer you to a full-service veterinarian office for a follow-up if needed.

  • If your pet has an umbilical hernia, or undescended testicles (cryptorchid), there will be an additional charge for the extra procedure needed for your pet.


Post-Operative Instructions

Pick-up time for CAT and DOG owners is 4:00-4:30 PM.

  • Please provide a clean, warm, and dry indoor space for recuperation. If your pet stays primarily outdoors, we recommend keeping them in a garage, barn, etc. for at least 72 hours. It is important that you provide post-surgery monitoring and care for your pet, while restricting their activity for the next 7-10 days following surgery.

    • This is crucial to allow the tissue time to heal, in order to avoid the incision opening or becoming infected. Cats should be confined indoors and dogs should be taken out on leash-walks only to use the bathroom, then returned inside to rest. If your pet gets wet, please gently pat the incision site dry. No baths for at least 14 days post-surgery.

  • Check the incision 2x per day. Females should have no drainage. Redness and swelling should be minimal. The incision for male dogs is directly on the scrotum and is left open to allow for drainage. Small amounts of drainage/discharge are normal within the first 3 days. Excess activity increases drainage, so restriction is very important. Please ensure that your pet does not lick or chew on the incision site. If this occurs an E-Collar (cone) should be worn to prevent additional licking/chewing that could cause infection.

  • Appetite should return gradually within 24 hours of surgery. Do not change the animal’s diet or give junk food, table scraps, milk or other people foods during the recovery period to avoid gastro-intestinal upset.

  • Minimal redness and swelling of the surgical site should reduce within several days, but if they persist call our office at (866) 349-3698 for instructions during office hours. After office hours, if you have any major concerns, call or visit your nearest emergency animal clinic. However, the Fix’Em Clinic will not be responsible for emergency charges unless the visit is directly related to a surgical issue and not caused by improper post-operative care.

    • CALL US OR YOUR NEAREST EMERGENCY CLINIC IMMEDIATELY if you notice the following: pale gums, depression, unsteady gait, extreme loss of appetite, decreased water intake, vomiting, diarrhea, excess discharge or bleeding from the surgical site, difficulty urinating or defecating, or labored breathing.

  • If your animal received a vaccine at our clinic other than rabies, please return to receive a “booster” vaccine (3-4 weeks after the initial vaccine) during our walk-in Wellness hours. Please understand it takes up to two weeks for vaccines to reach their effectiveness.

  • Unless otherwise noted your pet has NO sutures to remove. For undescended testicles, your pet has two incisions.

  • Please note your pet received a green tattoo next to their incision. The tattoo is a scoring process and not an incision.

  • If you have a feral/stray community cat, please keep them covered and confined to their trap overnight (with a small amount of food/water) and release them back to their original location the following morning.

We make every reasonable effort to treat any post-operative complications resulting directly from the surgery, if the above post-operative instructions are followed in full.