Surgery Instructions

Pre and Post Surgery Instructions

Before Surgery

  • No food after midnight the night before surgery.
  • You may provide water to your pet.
  • Arrive before 8am for the surgery
  • Notify the doctor if you see any symptoms of sickness or unusual behavior from your pet the day before the surgery.

After Surgery

  • Your pet will be ready to go home between 3pm-6pm.
  • Female dogs and cats will have a midline incision on their abdomen.
  • Male dogs will have an incision just above or on the scrotum.
  • Check the incision 2-3 times daily. Mild redness or swelling the first few days are normal.
  • Do not allow your pet to lick or chew the incision.
  • Please call us if you see any severe swelling or if your pet seems uncomfortable.
  • No running, jumping, playing, swimming or other strenuous activity for 7-10 days.
  • If you have any questions or concerns please call us at 703-941-5300 or if urgent 703-732-7675.