Care Before and After Surgery

Before Surgery

  • You must have an appointment. Making your appointment online is the fastest and best way.
  • Adult dogs and cats should receive no food after 10 p.m. the night before surgery. Water all night is OK. Kittens under 4 pounds should be fed the night before and then receive a teaspoon of food by 7 a.m. on the day of surgery.
  • Keep pets inside the night before their appointment so we can be certain they will not find anything to eat.
  • Cats must be in individual carriers
  • All animals must remain in the car until after the owner has checked in.
  • Payment is due upon check-in. We accept cash, checks, credit, and debit cards. No $100 bills, or American Express, please.
  • We open our doors at 7:00 a.m. to begin filling out paperwork and take your place in line.
  • When you arrive on the morning of your appointment please leave your pet in your car and check in with SNYP staff and volunteers. Once checked in, bring your pet in to be received.
  • For the safety of your pet and staff all call cats must be in a carrier and all dogs on a leash. If you do not have a carrier, or leash SNYP can provide you with one at a nominal cost.


After Surgery

  • Keep your pet inside and restrict activity for 10 days. This allows tissue time to heal and avoids the incision from opening up.  
  • It is extremely important to limit the activity of females because they’ve just had abdominal surgery.
  • Dogs should be on a leash to go potty. It is NEVER a good idea to put your pet in the backyard unattended after a surgery. The incision on male dogs is on the scrotum and is meant to remain slightly open for drainage. However, these dogs will experience increased bloody discharge if they’re too active, so limiting activity is extremely important.
  • The incision of female cats and dogs is sealed with surgical glue to help protect it against infection. If that glue gets wet, it can dissolve too quickly – this means no licking, bathing, or swimming for ten days.
  • Females should be kept separate from males during their recovery time, as mounting could cause the patient harm.
  • If you have a female dog or cat, her ovaries were removed. Her incision is located on her belly. If you have a male dog or cat, his testicles were removed. His incision will be located directly on the scrotum.
  • When you take your pet home, look at the incision site. What you see today is what we consider normal.
  • Check the incision site at least once a day to check for signs of infection. Check for excessive redness, swelling, and discharge. There may be a SMALL amount of bruising, redness, or swelling as your pet heals.
  • The incision will heal more quickly if they are kept quiet with limited activity.
  • All of the sutures we use are internal and absorbable, so it will dissolve on its own over the next few months. Unless indicated on your paperwork, there are no sutures or staples to be removed.
  • All dogs are fitted with an Elizabethan collar (e collar) after surgery to prevent excessive licking.
  • If you notice your cat is licking, you must get an Elizabethan collar (e collar) to prevent them from self-trauma. You can purchase one here or at a pet supply store.
  • Do not change your pet’s diet or give special treats for a few days. There will still be anesthesia in their system and you do not want to cause them an upset stomach.
  • You may feed them their regular diet. Your pet will be ready for food when you get home, but you should feed a smaller meal than normal.
  • If there are signs of swelling, discharge, redness, or opening of the incision site, please contact us during business hours at 541-858-3325.  You may also take pictures of the site and email them with a message to, or you may contact your primary care veterinarian.





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