Pre+Post Op Instructions

We’re glad you have decided to have your pet spayed or neutered! In addition to helping to reduce the number of unwanted pets born in our community, you are also helping your pet live a longer, happier life.

Did you know?

  • Spayed/neutered animals live an average of two to three years longer than other pets.
  • Spayed and neutered pets will never develop testicular, uterine, or ovarian cancers.
  • Spaying and neutering pets reduces undesirable behaviors, such as urine spraying in cats and marking with urine in dogs.
  • Pets tend to have fewer aggression-related behavior problems after being surgically sterilized.

Before Surgery

If your pet is younger than eight months old, please give them half their normal amount of food on the morning before surgery. If your pet is older than eight months, do not feed him or her any food after midnight the night before surgery. Do not take water away from your pet; make sure he has access to clean, fresh water at all times. We do require proof of a current rabies vaccination. If your pet has already been vaccinated against rabies, bring the original, signed rabies certificate or other proof of his rabies vaccination to the clinic with you. A rabies tag is not acceptable proof of vaccination. If you do not have proof of a rabies vaccination, we will re-vaccinate your pet at the cost of $11 (regularly priced Rabies vaccine). You are welcome to bring any other medical records with you to help us determine your pet’s other vaccination needs, but it’s not a requirement. Don’t forget to confirm the location of the clinic so that you will know how to get there.

The Day of Your Appointment

  • Drop-off time: 8AM – 8:30AM
  • Pick-up time: 5PM – 5:30PM

If you have a cat, bring her in a secure carrier. If you have a dog, be sure he is on a secure leash that he cannot slip out of. If you drive a pick-up truck, please note that we are not allowed to release a pet that is not put inside the cab or into a secured crate in the back. This is for your pet’s safety and the safety of other drivers as your pet is very likely to be disoriented after surgery.

After you pick up your pet, you can offer him a small amount of food later in the evening and increase it gradually. Your pet may not be interested in eating at this time. This is perfectly normal. If vomiting occurs the first night, remove his food. Your pet should be eating/drinking normally the next day and not vomiting.

After Surgery

Try to keep your pet confined and do not allow jumping or running for seven to ten days so that you can monitor the incision and give him plenty of time to heal. Do not allow your pet to lick at the stitches! If you think your pet will lick them, please get an E-Collar from us, PetSmart, or another veterinarian. A pet can pull out stitches easily, which can lead to hundreds of dollars spent at the vet to repair the damage.

Keep the incision clean with a little hydrogen peroxide once a day for seven days. Do not bathe the animal for seven to ten days. The suture is dissolvable, so there is no need to bring your pet back in after surgery. Try to check the incision once or twice daily for swelling, discharge, or redness. Some seepage is normal, but if it’s excessive or if there are any complications related to the surgery, please contact us at 512-587-7729; if it is after hours or you’re having trouble getting through, just listen to our message and our emergency contact number will be given. You can call that number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If no one answers, leave a message and we’ll call right back.

DO NOT GIVE ASPIRIN, TYLENOL, OR IBUPROFEN to dogs or cats. These medications can be deadly. All pets receive pain medication while they are at Emancipet; it lasts for 24 to 48 hours.