Before Surgery

Before arriving at our facility, please familiarize yourself with the important information below.

Vaccinations

Our veterinarians recommends that pets are fully vaccinated from communicable diseases (distemper, parvo, and upper respiratory diseases) prior to surgery. Please consult your regular full-service veterinarian for further information. Missouri state law requires current rabies vaccination for your pet if they are four months of age or older. If your pet has a current vaccine please bring proof of the rabies certificate or the bill from your vet stating the date the vaccine was given (tags are not acceptable forms of proof). Otherwise, we will administer a rabies vaccine at the time of surgery for a charge of $15.

Take Away Food 

Adult animals must have food withdrawn the night before surgery at midnight. Animals four months or younger may have food until 6 a.m. 

All pets can have water until the time you bring for surgery check-in.  

  

Keep Your Pet Indoors 

Pets must be kept indoors or confined the night before surgery. This ensures that they are not eating outside, which could potentially be dangerous during surgery.  For outdoor pets, it is also best to keep your pet inside for a couple of days following surgery to assure they are recovering well and making sure they are eating, drinking, and that their incision is healing.  

 

Check-in 

Check-in for surgery is from 7:30-8:00 am.  All pets scheduled for surgery should be here and checked in no later than 8:00 am. Upon arrival in our parking lot, text our clinic cell phone (573-554-0473) with your name letting us know you are here.  Please remain in your car until you are called and asked to bring your pet to our porch.  Staff will begin calling people in the order they arrive beginning right at 7:30 am.  We will ask you a couple of questions and then will have  you meet our staff at the porch to sign the surgery form. The admission process usually takes 15-20 minutes to complete.    

 All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a cat carrier. If you do not have a carrier for your cat, you can purchase a cardboard carrier for $5 the day prior to surgery or can be purchased elsewhere.

 

 

 

 We are continuing to do curbside drop off & pick up as this is more efficient for our customers and less stressful for pets.  Please remain in your vehicle until called to come to the porch.  

  

Method of Payment 

Pre-payment for all scheduled appointments is required and can be paid with a credit or debit card (all cards with exception of American Express) or cash. 

For individuals bringing feral cats for surgery, payment is done at the time you bring in the cat(s) for surgery.   

 

About The Surgery 

In female animals, the uterus and ovaries are removed through a small incision in the abdominal wall, which makes them unable to get pregnant. For male dogs and cats, the scrotum is not removed, only the testicles. This prevents the production of sperm, meaning they will no longer be able to father puppies or kittens. Our patients are completely asleep during surgery and are unable to feel or move. 

  

Tattoo = Spay/Neuter

 

All animals receive a small, green tattoo near the incision site. This tattoo is not another incision—it’s just a small score in the top layers of the skin filled with tattoo ink and covered with surgical glue. The tattoo will ensure that anyone examining your animal will know they have already been sterilized.