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Pre & Post Operative Instructions
Pre Op Instructions
  • Dogs should be fasted prior to surgery.  Nothing to eat after midnight the night before.
  • Cats do not need to be fasted.
  • Water is OK for all pets.
  • Puppies 6 months of age do not need to be fasted.
  • Please walk dogs as usual the morning of surgery and leave dogs in your car while you check in at Planned PEThood.
  • Cats should arrive in a carrier or trap.  If you don't not have one, we have cardboard carriers available for $5.
Post Op Instructions 
  • No running, jumping, playing, swimming or other strenuous activity for 7 to 10 days. Keep your pet quiet. Pets must be kept indoors where
    they can stay clean, dry and warm. No baths during the recovery period. Dogs must be walked on a leash and cats kept indoors.
  • Check the incision site twice daily. There should be no drainage. Redness and swelling should be minimal. Do not allow your pet to lick or
    chew at the incision. An Elizabethan collar (cone) IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to prevent this.
  • Appetite should return gradually within 24 hours of surgery. Lethargy lasting for more than 24 hours post-op, diarrhea, or vomiting are not
    normal and your pet should be taken to your regular veterinarian. Dogs may have a slight cough for a few days after surgery.
  • Do not change your pet’s diet at this time and do not give junk food, table scraps, milk or any other people food during the recovery period.
    This could mask post-surgical complications.
  • We recommend your pet receive a post-operative examination with your regular veterinarian 7 to 10 days after surgery to have the incision
    checked for complete healing and to discuss additional needs, follow-up care and vaccination boosters.
FOR DOGS:
  • Don’t feed a full meal tonight, as your pet may vomit. Feed a half of a meal a couple of hours after pickup. Return to regular feeding tomorrow.
  • An Elizabethan collar (E-collar or "cone" collar) will keep your pet from licking his/her surgical incision, potentially causing infection. WE STRONGLY 
    RECOMMEND AN E-COLLAR FOR 10 DAYS AFTER SURGERY.
  • Dogs may have a slight cough for a few days after surgery.
FOR CATS:
  • Use a pellet-type litter such as Feline Pine or Yesterday’s News, or shredded paper, in your cat’s litter box for 4 days.
FOR FERAL CATS:
  • Hold male cats at least 24 hours, females at least 48 hours, before releasing.
  • Keep feral cats confined to a covered trap or small area during recovery.
If you have an emergency after hours, call our emergency line at 678-250-4543. PLEASE USE THIS NUMBER ONLY FOR EMERGENCIES
RELATING TO THIS SURGERY.

OTHER EMERGENCY RESOURCES:
1. Animal Emergency Center of Gwinnett, 1956 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd NW, L’ville GA 30043 - 770-277-3220
2. Dekalb-Gwinnett Animal Emergency Clinic, 6430 L’ville Hwy, Tucker GA 30044 - 770-491-0661
3. North Georgia Veterinary Specialists, 1328 Buford Hwy NE, Buford, GA  678-835-3300



Planned PEThood cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow post-op instructions, or for contagious diseases for which the animal was not previously properly vaccinated. We will treat at our clinic, at minimal cost, any post-op complications resulting directly from the surgery, if the above post-op instructions are followed in full. Your regular veterinarian must address illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of surgery.





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