Plan for the Procedure 

The following information will help you know what to plan for when your pet is spayed or neutered.

  • If you have your pet's health records, take them with you. 
  • You will save the usual exam fee for any vaccinations if they are given on the day of spay/neuter because your pet will already receive the brief exam for surgery. For all pets' health, Idaho law requires that cats and dogs over 3 months old have a current rabies vaccination.
  • All animals should arrive and be taken home on a leash or in a carrier for their safety.
  • If your pet is a dog, expect to have a recovery shirt or collar or bitter spray to deter licking. Most post-surgery problems are the result of pets licking and chewing at the incision site or over-activity. Some cats may need a lick deterrent.
  • The night before surgery -- Withhold food after midnight for animals over 4 months old. Withhold food 2 hours before check-in for animals 4 months old and younger. Water is good anytime.
AFTER SURGERY ~ Your veterinarian will provide post-operation instructions with important details for your pet, but here are the basic needs to prepare for after surgery:
  1. For the first 24 hours post-op they must stay in moderate temperatures (about 70-78 degrees) since drugs can limit their ability to regulate their body temperature.
  2. For 2-3 days after surgery your pet should be given quiet care. During the full 2-week recovery period, cats should stay indoors and dogs should be taken outdoors only on a leash to prevent over-activity, and to keep them clean and dry. No running or jumping. 
  3. Free-roaming cats should be released at the site of trapping. Releasing them in a new location following surgery is cruel. They will be completely disoriented and at high risk.
  4. Reasonable times for anti-social, wild (feral) cats to be returned to the site are as follows: 
An actively lactating female cat may be returned to the site of trapping 24 hours after surgery so she can return to her kittens; healthy male cats, 24-48 hours following surgery; healthy female cats, 48-72 following surgery. Confinement may be extremely stressful for wild cats, so if the cat shows signs of extreme stress after surgery, such as repeated attempts to escape the trap or not eating, the cat should be released immediately.
 Thank You for preventing future homeless pets!