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Instructions before Surgery       

Withhold food from surgery patients after 10 p.m. the night before surgery, and do not give any food the morning of surgery.

If the Animal Is 3-6 Months of Age:
No dogs or cats admitted for surgery under 3 months of age (the age at which a rabies vaccination will "take") Puppies and kittens between 3 and 6 months should be given half their usual amount of food the morning of their surgery.  There is no need to pull their food the night before surgery.

If the Animal Is in Heat:
Animals can be spayed when they are in heat. There is no additional cost.

Unsafe Flea Prevention:
Do not apply any over-the-counter flea products to patients  2 weeks before the day of surgery.  This includes dips, powders, flea collars, or topical ointments from grocery stores or feed stores.  Use of these products can be resumed anytime after surgery.

Safe Flea Prevention:
Products like Advantage, Frontline, and Revolution are safe to apply before and after surgery. 

Heartworm Prevention:
Heartworm prevention should be adminstered as normal, regardless of the surgery date.

Nursing Animals:
Be sure that lactating animals do not nurse for at least 2 weeks before the day of their surgery. Their puppies and kittens should be between 6 and 8 weeks of age and eating and drinking on their own prior to their mother's surgery. 
Restraining Your Animal:
Upon arrival, all dogs and cats must be restrained by a leash or in a carrier.  Cats must be in a carrier but may be contained in a pillow case.


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