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SPAY/NEUTER PRE & POST OP
Post-Operation Instructions:
Pets must be kept indoors where they can stay clean, dry and comfortable.  Please limit their activity; no running,
jumping, rowdy play, swimming, or other strenuous activity during the 7-10 day recovery time period.  No bathing
during this period. Dogs must be walked on a leash.

Please check the incision site twice daily.  There should not be any drainage.  Redness and swelling should be
minimal.  Do not allow pet to lick or chew at the incision site.  If this occurs, an Elizabethan collar or a product called
"Bitter Apple" must be used to deter any licking and/or chewing.

Unless told otherwise, your pet does not have external sutures.  All sutures are absorbable and the outer layer of
skin is held together with surgical glue.  Do not clean or apply topical ointment to the incision site. Male cats do not
have any sutures.  As the wound heals, there may be a firm lump under the incision as the absorable sutures break
down.

Lethargy lasting for more than 24 hours post-op, diarrhea, or vomiting are abnormal and your pet should be
examined by a veterinarian.  Dogs may have a slight cough for a few days after surgery.

Your pet was given a small snack and water following surgery.  Their appetite should return gradually in the next 24
hours.  Do not change your pet's diet and do not give junk food, table scraps, milk, or any other people food during
the recovery period since doing so could mask post-surgical 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 your female dog or cat was in heat (estrus) at the time of surgery, you must keep them away from un-neutered
males for at least two weeks.  If a male tries to mate with her serious bleeding and trauma to the reproductive tract
may occur, possibly leading to death.

If you have any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery time period, please do not
hesitate to contact us at 212-249-9178.  

If the above post-op instructions are completely followed, ASAP will cover any post-op complications resulting
directly from the surgery. Your regular veterinarian must address illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of
surgery.  Please call for an appointment as soon as you see cause for concern.  We cannot be held responsible for
complications resulting from a failure to follow post-op instructions or for contagious diseases that the animal was
not previously properly vaccinated.
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Pre-Operation Instructions:
The drop off time at the clinic is 8:00 a.m.  Animals are to be picked up the
same day starting at 5:00 p.m.  

All cats must be in separate carriers (unless kittens in a litter, which may be
in same carrier).  Please clearly label the carrier with the animal's name and
their last name using masking or duct tape.  All dogs must be on leashes.

Adult dogs and cats cannot have any food after midnight the night before
surgery.  Puppies or kittens under four months of age should have a small
meal before being dropped off at the clinic.

Animals must be in good health so if your pet is showing any signs of illness
such as coughing, sneezing, runny eyes or diarrhea they will be declined for
surgery.  If you have vaccination records, please bring them with you.
Contact us:            Ph: 212-249-9178           Address:  P.O. Box 635 NY, NY  10021         Email:  info@ua4a.org