Before Surgery (For both cats and dogs)

  • No food after 12:00 pm night before surgery.
  • Water--No restrictions
  • Pet needs to arrive by 8:00 am morning of surgery.

After Surgery

Dogs & Cats

  • Keep the surgery site clean and completely dry. Do not use anything on the surgery area such as peroxide or ointments.
  • Do not let your pet lick the surgery site. Licking can start anytime after surgery and before the sutures or staples are removed. This will cause inflammation and infection thus making the staples or sutures embed adding to the difficulty and pain of removal. Most pets will not lick the surgery site, but if your pet is one that does, call us right away and we will make arrangements for preventative measures.
  • Keep your pet extra calm and quiet for at least ten days. Surgical complications resulting from over activity can be very serious and even life threatening.


  • When you take your dog home after some same-day surgery (such as teeth cleaning, small growth removed or other short procedures) be sure to keep them on a leash or in a fenced in area for about 24 hours when they need to go outside. This is necessary because the entire anesthetic does not clear from their body immediately. Dogs could run out into traffic or get into other serious situations because they are still under the influence of the drugs used for anesthesia. This can last for a few hours after surgery.
  • It is a good idea to put your dog on a bland diet for about 24 to 48 hours after surgery as they can have an upset stomach from the anesthetic. Small curd creamy cottage cheese, boiled hamburger, and rice are all acceptable alternatives. Give small amounts at first. A dog can go back to regular food as soon as their personality returns to normal. They can have small amounts of water at initially and then are free to choose as long as this does not lead to vomiting.


  • Cats that normally would stay outside should not be allowed to go out again after surgery until all sutures are removed at ten days. It would be advised to wait even another week after that if they cannot be supervised closely.
  • Cats are not as sensitive post surgery dietary problems.
  • Clients will need to bring the pet back in 10 days for removal of the sutures or staples unless told otherwise. Cat and dog castrations do not have sutures to remove and will not need to be rechecked. Cats usually remove dewclaw sutures from their paws by themselves, but if they have not by three weeks, bring them in and clinic staff will remove them free of charge.
  • If you have any questions, please contact us. If it concerns you, then it concerns us. We are here to help you to prevent further problems.