BEFORE SURGERY INSTRUCTIONS – the night before your dog’s appointment:

  • Keep your pet safely inside your home.
  • No food after midnight
  • You may allow your pet to have water.
  • No breakfast.


You have picked up your dog on the same day of surgery. Your dog may experience minor personality changes such as crankiness, aggression, or sensitivity. These changes are due to anesthesia and should not last more than 48 hours.

Lethargy (sleepiness), appetite loss, diarrhea, vomiting, coughing COULD occur up to 24 hours following surgery. If these symptoms last more than 24 hours after surgery please call our clinic and leave a message.

Check your dog’s incision every day, 2 times a day, for the next 10 days. What it looks like now looks normal. There should be no drainage, redness, or opening. There are no sutures to remove. Please call us if you are concerned about the incision and leave a message.

Don’t put anything on the suture site—no hydrogen peroxide, antibacterial ointment, etc. Never give your dog human medication (Advil, Tylenol, painkillers). Over-the-counter medication can kill dogs.

Tonight feed ½ of what you normally feed with a bowl of water. Tomorrow go back to your normal feeding. Your dog might have an upset stomach from the anesthesia and may not want to eat right away. Closely monitor their eating habits.

Your dog’s diet should remain unchanged for 7-10 days following surgery. No treats or people food (steak, chicken, McDonald’s, etc.) should be given during this time. Such items will take longer to digest, cause vomiting and can slow the healing process or mask surgical complications.

Restrict your dog’s activity for 7-10 days. No running, jumping, playing, walking up stairs, swimming, or other strenuous activity. Dogs must be walked on a leash at all times for the next 7-10 days, no exceptions. Keep your dog quiet and calm.

If you have other animals or young children at home keep them away from your dog for at least 48 hours after surgery.

Dogs must be kept indoors for 7-10 days where they can stay clean, dry and warm. Incision sites must stay dry: no baths, laying in the sink/tub, or laying in wet grass/snow during this period.

Female dogs may develop a suture site reaction – a small lump at the surgery site. This is caused by a slight reaction to the stitches. It will go away on its own as the sutures dissolve but if you see a lump and have concerns, please call our clinic for a re-check appointment, leave a message on line 1. Male dogs have no sutures but should be monitored for swelling and discharge. If swelling of the scrotal sack occurs, a cold compress (bag of veggie/icepack) may be applied for 10 minutes three times a day. Do not apply directly to skin.

Your female dog received a small green tattoo on their abdomen. This is not an incision and you will not see it when the fur grows back. This indicates that your animal has been spayed.

Your pet has received Meloxicam. Meloxicam is an anti-inflammatory/pain medication and will work for another 24 hours. It may stay in your dog’s system for up to 30 days. If you bring your dog to a vet FOR ANY REASON in the next 30 days you MUST let the vet know your dog has had Meloxicam on the date of surgery. Something another vet may use could interact with the Meloxicam.

** Dogs can do something called “Self-Trauma”. Self-trauma is licking themselves at the incision site causing an infection. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you purchase an e-collar (a cone for around the head) and put it on your pet after surgery which will prevent your pet from licking the area. If this instruction is not followed, the incision can be licked open and become infected. Please make sure you purchase an e-collar that fits your pet properly, extending 2 inches past the tip of their nose.

**We cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from a client’s failure to follow these instructions or for contagious diseases for which your dog was not previously vaccinated. Your regular veterinarian must address any illness or injury that is not a direct result of surgery. Should your dog experience a complication directly related to surgery in 10 days after surgery we will see your pet on the next available surgery date for a re-check at no charge. Should your pet require additional medication or sedation during that visit you will be responsible for the cost. If your dog can’t wait that long you will need to visit your own vet at your expense. If there are any questions or concerns related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call our clinic at 860-620-0325 and if no one picks up leave a message.

**If there is an emergency after hours (nights/weekends), contact your nearest 24-hour emergency clinic and call our clinic on the following business day. You are responsible for all charges of any complications after surgery. This includes all visits to any other facility, emergency clinic or otherwise.

Drop-off / Pick-up Instructions