Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic of the Sandhills Pet Surgery
The Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic of the Sandhills would like to thank you for making an appointment with us! Here is some helpful information for your pet’s surgery.
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Preparing For Surgery
In the weeks and days leading up to your pet’s surgery, and then on the morning of, make sure your dog or cat has the least amount of stress! Learn everything you need to know about your preparing your pet for surgery at the Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic here.
Check-in on the date of your pet’s surgery takes place between 7:00-7:30 a.m. Please plan on spending 30 minutes at the clinic for patient check-in. Please be aware that after 8:00 am, there is a late fee charge of $25.00 and we may not be able to accept your animal for surgery.
It is important to leave your pet in your car when you come in to fill out the intake paperwork and make your payment. Due to the large volume of people filling out paperwork, it is more stressful on both you and your pet to have them in the lobby while filling out paperwork. Owners tend to be distracted while filling out paperwork and dogs are more likely to get into fights or attempt to attack cats that are in the lobby.
If you would like to have a faster check-in process, we recommend paying for your appointment in full and bringing in all paperwork already filled out. This allows you to take advantage of the fast-paced check-in. You can find all the forms you need under our resources tab.
Leashes and Carriers
All cats brought to the Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic must be in a carrier, and dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier. We ask that your carrier be lined with a throw-away towel or newspaper in the bottom, in case of any accidents on your way to the clinic or while waiting for their exam.
If your cat is not in a carrier, you will be required to purchase a cardboard carrier. Remember, we are checking in 50-plus other animals. Please do not take your cat or dog out of his or her carrier while waiting in the lobby as it can be very dangerous. Each cat must go home in their own carrier. We will not put two cats in the same carrier after surgery, so if you only have one you will be required to purchase a second carrier starting at $10.
Feral, wild, or outdoor cats are required to come in a humane wire trap to minimize the stress to the cat and potential risk of injury to staff. If they are not in a trap when brought to the clinic, you will need to reschedule your appointment. If you are not able to handle the cat on a regular basis at home, it is unlikely we will be able to handle the cat when it is stressed here at the clinic. Traps allow us to weigh and pre-medicate the cat without restraining or stressing the cat further.
Payment is required at morning check-in. We accept cash, Visa, Mastercard, and Personal Checks.
North Carolina state law requires current rabies vaccination for your pet. Please bring proof in the form of a certificate at drop-off (tags are not acceptable forms of proof). We are otherwise required to administer one at the time of surgery for a charge of $10.
Additional Services and Fees
Reducible Umbilical Hernias may be repaired at the time of surgery for an additional fee. Please let us know when scheduling and at drop-off if your pet has an umbilical hernia. If we are not made aware or if it is not reducible it may not be repaired.
Microchips can be administered at the time of surgery for a fee of $25. Microchips are helpful in providing a permanent identification
Patient discharge is normally 4:00 pm for dogs and 4:30 pm for cats. We close at 5:00 pm and all pets need to be picked up prior to 5:00 pm.
Food and Water
For cats, your pet should not eat after midnight the night before surgery. If your dog is five pounds or more, please withhold any feeding after midnight the evening before surgery. Water is permitted up until the time of surgery.
Keep Your Pet Indoors
Please keep your pets inside or confined the night before surgery. This is important to ensure that they are not eating outside, which would make surgery much higher risk. Keeping them inside also ensures that you will be able to find your pet the morning of surgery. This is important since you would lose your deposit if you are not able to show up for your scheduled appointment. For those trapping feral cats, we recommend starting to try to trap cats 48-72 hours prior to the morning of the important if you are concerned about catching them.
Female Cats and Dogs In Heat or Pregnancy
We will spay female cats and dogs that are pregnant or in heat, but we may require you to sign a high-risk waiver. If your female pet is in heat or pregnant, please let us know when scheduling and at drop-off.
Male Cats and Dogs
Please check that your pet’s testicles have descended. There is an increased fee for neutering “cryptorchid” cats and dogs, in which one or both testicles have not descended. It is likely we will not perform surgery if your pet is under 1 year and a cryptorchid. We recommend waiting until they are a year old to allow time for the testicle(s) to descend and enlarge.
What To Expect After Surgery
If your pet has had surgery with us at the Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic already, we have included the discharge instructions and some helpful post-surgical information. You can also find the information for what to expect after surgery here and post-operative instructions here. We also have a Spanish version for post-operative instructions you can find here.