Thank you for making an appointment at our Pet Hospital! For your pet’s safety, please follow these simple instructions:
- All surgeries need an appointment except for feral cats.
If you are trapping feral cats, please call us the day before you plan to trap with a estimate number of cats you will be bringing in so we may plan our surgery schedule.
- Pets over the age of 6 years should have a full exam and pre-operative blood work done before undergoing anesthesia.
- Do not feed your pet after midnight (12:00 am) the night before surgery. Water is ok, but no food.
If your pet is an outdoor animal, it is important that you bring them inside and remove food at midnight (12:00 am.) Do not allow your pet to roam free and potentially get into garbage or other food sources.If your pet is 4 months of age or younger or under 10lbs, please call our clinic at 727-785-7200 for specific feeding instructions.
- Cats must be in a hard-sided cat carrier. Dogs must be on a leash or carrier. Feral cats must be in a humane trap.
- Bring your pet to the clinic in the morning between 9:00AM-10:00AM.
- Please allow your pet time to go to the bathroom before coming to the clinic, especially dogs.
- Your pet will be ready to go home between 4:00-4:30 pm. You must pick-up your pet no later than 7:30 pm. Any animals left overnight will be boarded at our facility; there will be a fee of $30.00 or more per night.
- We accept cash, credit, or debit cards. No checks please.
For your pet’s safety, please read and follow these instructions
- You will be picking up your pet the day of surgery. They may appear lethargic or groggy. This is normal. Some animals are feeling 100% right away, while others recover more slowly. Lethargy lasting more than 48 hours after surgery, diarrhea or vomiting are not normal and you should call the clinic at 727-785-7200
- No running, jumping, playing or strenuous activity for 7 – 10 days. Pets should stay indoors and be kept quiet. Walk dogs on a leash and keep cats inside for the entire recovery period. A crate or carrier is best
- Keep your pet dry for 7 to 10 days. No baths, swimming or rolling in wet grass. The top layer of the surgical incision is closed with surgical glue and will open if the area gets wet
- Check the incision everyday. What you see today is normal…there should be no discharge and minimal redness or swelling. DO NOT let your animal lick the incision area. If this occurs, you will need to buy an “e-collar” (plastic lampshade), if you have not already
- Unless otherwise noted, there are no stitches to remove. Your pet has stitches under the skin, which will never need to be removed.
- Do not feed or water your pets until 8 PM the night of surgery, and only offer about 1/2 of what you normally feed your pet; however they may not have a full appetite until tomorrow. Do not change their diet or give table scraps as this can mask post-op complications.
- Do Not give your pet any human medication such as Aspirin, Tylenol or Advil. They are highly toxic. If your pet needs pain medication you can obtain it at our clinic.
- IF you have any questions or concerns about your pet after surgery, call the clinic anytime during our open hours. We are happy to help and will re-check your pet if necessary. Please contact your local emergency clinic if concerns occur after hours.
After-hours Emergency Clinics
Pinellas Animal Emergency Clinics:
- AA Animal ER Center (Palm Harbor) - (727) 787-5402 http://www.aaanimalercenter.com/
- Animal Emergency & Urgent Care (Countryside) – (727) 786-5755 http://www.emergencyanimal.com/
- Animal Emergency Clinic (St. Petersburg) – (727) 323-1311
- Tampa Bay Emergency Care Center (Largo) – (727) 531-5752 http://www.tbvsecc.com/
Pasco Animal Emergency Clinic:
- Animal Emergency of Pasco (Port Ritchey) – (727) 841-6567