Pre and Post Surgery Information


Pre-Surgical Instructions:

For kittens under 4 months of age please feed them a small amount of food the morning of surgery. For older cats and dogs, no food after 9:00 pm the night before, they can have access to water anytime.
Please bring cats in a clean carrier with a clean towel inside and drop off at 7:45am. If you have more than one animal please separate them in as many carriers as possible.

Please bring dogs on a leash and leave them in the car while paperwork is filled out. Dogs need to arrive at the clinic at 7:30am.

After-Surgery Care

In the video below our Veterinarian, Dr. Katie Bahr, explains how to care for your pet after surgery. This video includes after-care for cats, dogs, and feral cats. 

Your pet is recovering from anesthesia and surgery and needs your help!
Please follow these instructions carefully to help ensure quick, safe healing for
your pet. If you feel there is an EMERGENCY please call 541-385-9110 to
reach the Animal Emergency Center first and then call our clinic. If your pet is
having complications after surgery, please call our clinic at 541-617-1010, if we
are unavailable, please leave us a message and call the Animal Emergency
Center for further instruction.  Your pet’s first re-check post surgery is FREE if you feel a re-check is necessary.

For information on feral cat aftercare click here.

When you get home…

1. Keep your pet separate from other pets and children in a dark, QUIET place.
Cats should be kept in a small room such as a bathroom or closet overnight.
Prepare the room in advance and let them out of their crate directly into the small
2. Feed about ¼ of their normal evening meal and offer water. Soft food is best if
3. Take a quick look at your pet’s incision so that you know what it looks like,
that way you will be able to see how it is improving over the coming days.
1. Absolutely no licking of the incision area is allowed! If your pet is going to lick
or begins to lick their incision, they need to wear an E-Collar (plastic cone) for 7-
10 days after surgery. A pet can pull out stitches easily which can lead to
hundreds of dollars spent at the vet repairing the damage.
2. Limit activity-no running, jumping, playing for 7-10 days. If your dog or cat is older
than 5 years they may need a longer recovery period.
3. No swimming or bathing for at least 10 days post surgery, you may clean around the incision with a damp cloth if needed.
4. Check the incision daily for any excessive swelling, bleeding or drainage.
Some hard swelling is normal, especially for active animals. A very small amount
of drainage the night of and day after surgery is normal.

5.  If your female dog was in heat and you have an intact male dog, DO NOT let him attempt to mate with her, this could cause serious damage to the female dog up to and including death.


The First Evening:

*Your pet may have an anesthesia “hang-over”. They may be grumpy, or very
reactive to noise, quick motions, bright lights, etc. Keep them in a quiet, dark,
warm place. Keep them separated from other pets and children, and general
* All patients receive pain medication which lasts for 10-12 hours after surgery, dogs will go home with 3 days of pain medication.
NEVER give your pet human medication, it could be fatal.  Please call BSNP or check
with your regular vet if you think your animal is in pain. Keep in mind that a minor
degree of discomfort is normal and that some animals may not show signs of
being in pain.
* Some of the pain and anti-anxiety medications given today will also relax
muscles (making them walk “funny”), and may cause constipation.
* Keep your pet warm the whole night after surgery. They need to stay at 70-80
degrees, and should have padding or bedding as an option, because they may
have difficulty retaining heat for 24 hours after surgery.

The Next Day:

* Your animal should come back to its normal eating and drinking habits in 24
hours. You may need to feed them something a little more exciting at first to get
them to eat. Chicken broth over rice is a good choice for dogs.
* Look at the incision. There may be some redness and a little bruising, but it
shouldn’t be excessively swollen, or have any discharge or bleeding.
* Most pets will try to lick the area, but licking & chewing is NOT allowed! If you
see this, get an e-collar (plastic cone) to prevent the animal from opening the
incision. You can get one from Bend Spay & Neuter Clinic or most other vet
clinics and pet stores. Make sure the cone sticks out about an inch and a half
from the end of their nose or it will be ineffective.

Please Note: All sutures used for spay/neuter surgery will dissolve on their own, however they may take up to 6 months to fully dissolve!  If you see remnants of suture near the incision site during this time that is normal.

541-385-9110! Please also call Bend Spay and Neuter Project so that we are
aware of any such situations at 541-617-1010.  Remember, your first re-check is FREE if you feel one is necessary.