Pre-Operative info

What You Need to Know Before Surgery

There are some things you need to be aware of prior to the day of surgery, and we would like to share pre-operative information to help you better understand what goes on prior to altering your pet. Please take a few moments to review the materials we have compiled for you below, and let us know if we can help clarify anything for you prior to your pet's procedure.

Pre-Surgery Exam

It is understood that when you bring your pet to Nutmeg, he/she is in good health. We do not require a pre-op exam or bloodwork from your own vet, but it is a good idea to do so. Prior to your pet's surgery our veterinarianwill do a quuick examination to help make sure the heart and lungs are clear and there are no immediate concerns discovered. If our veterinarian discovers an issue that makes surgery risky, you will be informed as soon as possible.
Before the day of surgery, you'll be emailed a set of directions to follow regarding feeding and water intake that need to be followed just before your pet undergoes the operation. It is important that these instructions are followed precisely: 

  • All animals must be in good health in order to have surgery. We reserve the right to refuse surgery on an animal with discharge from its nose or eyes, is sneezing or coughing, is vomiting or having diarrhea, or whose weight is at risk for surgery.
  • Kittens and puppies must be at least 12 weeks old (3 months) and weigh at least 3 lb. in order to be eligible for surgery. Prices listed for dogs up to 100 lb. If your dog is over 100 lb., please contact us for cost and other requirements.
  • Cats and dogs 6 years and older are recommended to have pre-operative bloodwork with your own veterinarian to rule out potential problems that could occur during surgery. You may waive this recommendation but also realize the risks involved with altering an older animal.
The Night Before Surgery
  • Cats and dogs must stay indoors the night before surgery.
  • Pets 4 months and older: Remove food by midnight, and please remember what time you actually took away food when checking in. You may leave water out for your pet. In the morning, no breakfast.
  • Pets under 4 months old: DO NOT remove food and water, and you can give your pet a small snack in the morning.
  • If you have a current rabies vaccination certificate (hospital invoice and/or tag is not accepted) for your pet, please make sure to bring it with you the morning of your appointment. If you do not present a current rabies certificate at check-in, you will be required to pay for one that will be given at the clinic.
  • Please be sure to remember any medications your pet is currently taking or has taken within the last month, any injections other than vaccines in the last two weeks, or health conditions your pet has experienced recently. Our staff must be made aware of these conditions because they may affect the anesthetics and other drugs we will be using for surgery.
The Morning of Surgery
  • Please arrive to your appointment on time: Cats need to arrive at 8:00 a.m. Dogs must arrive at 8:30 a.m. Arriving early will not speed up your admission process.
  • Cat owners: Bring your cat inside the clinic with you to check in at 8 a.m. Cats must be brought in a clean, secure, hard-plastic carrier with a towel inside; only one cat per carrier is allowed. Because of safety reasons, we will not accept cats in soft (fabric) or cardboard carriers. Feral cats must arrive in a humane trap lined with a towel or newspaper and covered with a sheet or towel; only one cat per trap is allowed.
  • Dog owners: At 8:30 a.m., leave your dog in your vehicle and come in to review your admission form. We will notify you when to bring in your dog. Dogs must arrive on a leash. Please let the staff know if your dog has special needs, i.e., does not do well with other dogs, cats or people present, needs to be muzzled, etc.

Pre-Operative Instructions

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