Pre-op Instructions

No food after midnight the night before surgery, no breakfast the morning of surgery.  Water is okay.  

Cats need to be in clean individual carriers with a towel inside.

Dogs need to be on a leash. 

If your pet is up to date on vaccines, please bring paperwork proof of rabies vaccine (not the tag). 

Cat drop off is from 8-8:45 and picked up at 4pm, no later.

Dog drop off is from 8:30-8:45am and picked up at 2:00pm, no later than 4pm. 

Community cats need to be in a completely covered humane trap.  They can be dropped off between 8-8:45am, pickup is at 4pm, no later.

 

Post-op Instructions

Canine Post-op

  • 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.

  • 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. If this occurs, an Elizabethan collar MUST be applied to prevent additional licking and chewing that could cause infection.

  • 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.

  • Tonight, you may feed your pet half its normal meal, tomorrow is back to normal. Do not change your pet’s diet at this time, and do not give them junk food, table scraps, milk, or any other people food during the recovery period. This could mask post-surgical complications.

Domestic Cat  Post-op

  • 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.  We know cats do what they want but do not encourage any rough housing (laser light, wand toy, etc...)

  • 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. If this occurs, an Elizabethan collar MUST be applied to prevent additional licking and chewing that could cause infection.

  • 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. 

  • Tonight, you may feed your pet half its normal meal, tomorrow is back to normal. Do not change your pet’s diet at this time, and do not give them junk food, table scraps, milk, or any other people food during the recovery period. This could mask post-surgical complications.

Community Cat Post-op

  • Do not let cats out of their trap and keep them covered at all times.  Feed wet food in the trap.  Males need one night of recovery and females need two.  

 
  • If there are any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call this office at (386) 320-0503 during regular business hours (TWR 8am-4pm) or email cflcommunitypetclinic@gmail.com. If there is an emergency after hours, contact your regular veterinarian or the Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Casselberry at (407) 644-4449.

  •  We will make every reasonable effort to 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. Please call for an appointment as soon as you see cause for concern. We 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.