Pre-Surgical Care & Forms
In the Morning
On the morning of surgery, do not feed your pet breakfast (take up food by midnight the night before surgery). It is fine to allow your pet water until the time you leave the house.
Dogs must arrive at ChattaNeuter at 7:30am and cats at 8:00am. Check-in generally takes fifteen to twenty minutes. You will have intake paperwork to fill out when you come in, or you can download it, print it, and fill it out ahead of time to bring at dropoff.
It is important to minimize your pet’s stress on the morning of surgery, since your pet will be undergoing anesthesia. We ask that you leave your dog in the car while you come into the building to check in. All dogs must be on leash.
Cats may be brought in starting at 8:00am. Again, this guideline is to minimize stress so that when cats come into the building, most or all dogs are no longer in the lobby. Cats must be brought in a carrier; a hard plastic pet taxi-type carrier is preferred. We have cardboard carriers available for $5 that can be purchased ahead of your appointment if needed.
Vaccinations and Illnesses
We recommend that pets are up to date on vaccinations before visiting ChattaNeuter. It may take up to two weeks for vaccinations to protect your pet. If your pet is sick, injured, or currently on any medications, or has been so within the past 30 days, please call us ahead of your appointment to discuss when surgery can be performed.
All pets will receive a pre-surgical examination on the morning of surgery. Proceeding with surgery will be dependent on this exam. Undergoing surgery and anesthesia presents a higher risk for some animals including: overweight and underweight animals, pets 7 and older, and some breeds. For these and other high-risk patients, a high-risk waiver may be required; in some cases surgery will not be performed.
All pets who undergo spay/neuter at ChattaNeuter will receive injectable pain medication at the time of surgery. Take home pain medication is available for $5 for cats or $10 for dogs. Elizabethan collars are highly recommended to prevent your pet from licking incision site and are available for $10-$15.
All dogs must be picked up at 3:30pm and cats must be picked up at 4:00pm. Fees will apply if pets are not picked up on time.
When you pick up your pet, you will receive post-operative instructions about how to care for your pet after surgery. When picking up a cat, we recommend that you bring a towel or blanket to place over your cat's carrier for the car ride home.