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What to Know Before & After Surgery

COVID-19 Related Updates

  • If you have symptoms or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please call our office to reschedule your appointment.
  • We are attempting to be as paperless as possible. We have implemented a new e-signature surgery consent form. We will be sending receipts, spay/neuter certificates, vaccine and medical records via email whenever possible. We now also have the ability to take payment online via an email link, which we can send to you on the day of surgery. This will hopefully save you time at drop-off and pick-up and helps with social distancing and decreased spread of Coronavirus. If you do not have access to email we can provide paper copies of your pet’s documents on the day of surgery.
  • The BSNP lobby is closed to the public. We will be doing curbside drop-off and pick-up. Communication with BSNP staff and transfer of pets will occur in the parking lot or over the phone.
  • We will be using ONLINE CHECK-IN FOR DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP.
  • In order to keep everyone as safe as possible we are requesting that you WEAR A FACE MASK, when interacting with BSNP staff.
  • These changes in our procedures may increase the time it takes to drop-off and pick-up your pet. Please allow 30-45 minutes to drop-off and pick-up.
  • We appreciate your patience while we are testing and putting systems in place to better protect you and our staff from spreading Coronavirus.

 

Preoperative Feeding Instructions
      For pets

over4 months of age, no food after midnight

      the night before surgery.

For pets 4 months of age or younger & dogs less than 20 pounds, feed a normal meal the night before surgery. Then feed 1 tbsp of canned food the morning of surgery.

You do not need to restrict your pet’s water. All pets can have free access to water.

Drop-off Information

When you arrive

When you arrive at the clinic please stay in your car.

We will be using ONLINE CHECK-IN FOR DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP. If you are able CLICK HERE to sign in when you arrive at the clinic. Please make sure to fill out the vehicle info so that we can more easily locate you. If you are unable to sign in online you can sign in on the computer on the table by the front door. 

If you have not completed your online consent form we will give you a form to sign.

When it is your turn a staff member will come out to your car to go over any last minute health concerns & confirm the services your pet is receiving. 

Dogs

Drop-off is at 7:30 AM. Late arrivals will have to be rescheduled. 

Cats

Drop-off is at 8:30 AM. Late arrivals will have to be rescheduled. 

We require you to bring your cat in a secure carrier.

If possible, please bring each cat in its own carrier.

Due to limited space for storage, please try to bring your cat in a carrier that is no bigger than 2 feet wide by 2 feet tall.

If you don’t have a carrier and are unable to get one prior to the day of surgery we have carriers available to rent for $10.

Due to COVID-19 we ask you remove all bedding from the carrier and remove your cat’s collar.

Pick-up Information

When you arrive

CLICK HERE to sign in when you arrive at the clinic or sign in on the computer on the table by the front door.

When it is your turn a BSNP staff member will address any health concerns and answer any final questions.

Dogs

Pick-up is at 4:00 PM. 

Cats

Pick-up is at 5:00 PM

Absolutely no pets can be left overnight.

Watch this post-op instruction video from ASPCApro

When You Get Home - Female Dogs

FEEDING

  • Offer a small meal and free access to water the evening of your dog’s surgery. Resume her normal feeding schedule the next day.
  • Your dog’s appetite should return gradually within 24 hours of surgery. Do not change her diet at this time and do not give her junk food, table scraps, milk or any other people food during the recovery period. Feeding her regular diet will help avoid gastrointestinal upset.

GO HOME MEDICATIONS

  • Meloxicam (pain/anti-inflammatory medication): Your dog will go home with 3 days of pain medication. Give this medication once a day with food until it is gone. Start this medication the morning after surgery with her breakfast.
  • Trazodone (anti-anxiety/sedation): If you purchased sedation for your dog, start this medication the night of surgery and then give as directed on the medication bottle. If you feel this medication is not effective for your dog then please call our office.
  • Do not give your dog human medication unless directed by a veterinarian. It can be dangerous or fatal.

ACTIVITY

  • Restrict activity for the next 10 days to allow the incision time to heal. Too much activity causes increased drainage or can cause the incision to open up, so activity restriction is very important.
  • Your dog should go out on a leash to urinate/defecate and then return inside to rest. Mild exercise such as leash walks are allowed; however, running, jumping and rough play should be avoided.
  • You may need to keep other pets in the household separate for 7-10 days. Keep your female dog away from unneutered male dogs for 7 days after surgery.

INCISION CARE

  • The spay incision is on your dog’s abdomen (near her belly button). She has absorbable sutures under the skin which do not need to be removed.
  • Check the incision site twice a day. There should be no drainage from the incision. Redness and swelling should be minimal.
  • Keep the incision dry. Do not bathe your dog for 10 days following surgery. Do not apply any topical medication to the incision unless directed by a veterinarian.
  • Do not allow your dog to chew or lick at the incision. We recommend all dogs go home with an e-collar (cone) to prevent them from bothering their incision. The e-collar should be worn whenever you are not directly watching your dog.

POST-OPERATIVE COMPLICATIONS

  • We will make every reasonable effort to treat any post-operative complications resulting directly from the surgery at our clinic at minimal cost. Your regular veterinarian must address illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of surgery. Please call us soon as you see any cause for concern.
  • Minimal redness and swelling of the surgery site should resolve within 2-5 days, but if it persists longer or seems severe or painful, please call our office. We will recheck your dog’s incision for no additional charge if the post-operative instructions are followed in full.
  • A slight decrease in appetite, a slight decrease in energy, or vomiting/diarrhea can be expected the first 24 hours after surgery. Call our office or your regular veterinarian if these signs continue longer than 24 hours.
When You Get Home - Male Dogs

FEEDING

  • Offer a small meal and free access to water the evening of your dog’s surgery. Resume his normal feeding schedule the next day.
  • Your dog’s appetite should return gradually within 24 hours of surgery. Do not change his diet at this time and do not give him junk food, table scraps, milk or any other people food during the recovery period. Feeding his regular diet will help avoid gastrointestinal upset.

GO HOME MEDICATIONS

  • Meloxicam (pain/anti-inflammatory medication): Your dog will go home with 3 days of pain medication. Give this medication once a day with food until it is gone. Start this medication the morning after surgery with his breakfast.
  • Trazodone (anti-anxiety/sedation): If you purchased sedation for your dog, start this medication the night of surgery and then give as directed on the medication bottle. If you feel this medication is not effective for your dog then please call our office.
  • Do not give your dog human medication unless directed by a veterinarian. It can be dangerous or fatal.

ACTIVITY

  • Restrict activity for the next 10 days to allow the incision time to heal. Too much activity causes increased drainage, so activity restriction is very important.
  • Your dog should go out on a leash to urinate/defecate and then return inside to rest. Mild exercise such as leash walks are allowed; however, running, jumping and rough play should be avoided.
  • You may need to keep other pets in the household separate for 7-10 days. Keep your male dog away from unspayed female dogs for 30 days after surgery.

INCISION CARE

  • There is a small incision directly on the scrotum. It is left partially open to allow for drainage. It will heal on its own in 7-10 days.
  • Check the incision site twice a day. A small amount of drainage is normal for up to three days after surgery.
  • Keep the incision dry. Do not bathe your dog for 10 days following surgery. Do not apply any topical medication to the incision unless directed by a veterinarian.
  • Do not allow your dog to chew or lick at the incision. We recommend all dogs go home with an e-collar (cone) to prevent them from bothering their incision. The e-collar should be worn whenever you are not directly watching your dog.
When You Get Home - Cats

FEEDING

  • Offer a small meal and free access to water the evening of your cat’s surgery. Resume his/her normal feeding schedule the next day.
  • Your cat’s appetite should return gradually within 24 hours of surgery. Do not change your cat’s diet at this time and do not give him/her junk food, table scraps, milk or any other people food during the recovery period. Feeding the regular diet will help avoid gastrointestinal upset. If your cat is not eating within 24 hours of surgery call our office or your regular veterinarian.

ACTIVITY

  • When you bring your cat home, he/she may be disorientated or reactive to noise, quick motions, or bright lights from the anesthesia. Keep him/her in a quiet, dark, warm place. Keep him/her separate from other pets and children.
  • Restrict activity for the next 10 days to allow the incision time to heal. Too much activity causes increased drainage or can cause the incision to open up, so activity restriction is very important.
  • Your cat should remain indoors during the recovery period. Running, jumping and rough play should be avoided.
  • You may need to keep other pets in the household separate for 7-10 days. Keep your recently neutered male cat away from unspayed female cats for 30 days after surgery. Keep your recently spayed female cat away from unneutered male cats for 7 days after surgery.

INCISION CARE

  • Check the incision site twice a day.
  • Male cats
    • Male cats have a small incision directly on the scrotum. No suture is used to close the incision. It will heal on its own in 7-10 days.
    • A small amount of drainage is normal for up to 3 days after surgery.
  • Female cats
    • Female cats have a spay incision on their abdomen (near their belly button). They have absorbable sutures under the skin which do not need to be removed.
    • There should be no drainage from the incision. Redness and swelling should be minimal.
  • Keep the incision dry. Do not bathe your cat for 10 days following surgery. Do not apply any topical medication to the incision unless directed by a veterinarian.
  • Do not allow your cat to chew or lick at the incision. If you notice licking or chewing, it may be necessary to place an e-collar (cone) on your cat.
Post-operative Complications
  • We will make every reasonable effort to treat any post-operative complications resulting directly from the surgery at our clinic at minimal cost. Your regular veterinarian must address illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of surgery. Please call us soon as you see any cause for concern.
  • Minimal redness and swelling of the surgery site should resolve within 2-5 days, but if it persists longer or seems severe or painful, please call our office. We will recheck your pet’s incision for no additional charge if the post-operative instructions are followed in full.
  • A slight decrease in appetite, a slight decrease in energy, or vomiting/diarrhea can be expected the first 24 hours after surgery. Call our office or your regular veterinarian if these signs continue longer than 24 hours.
  • Do not give your pet human medication unless directed by a veterinarian. It can be dangerous or fatal.

Contact a veterinarian immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms, as it could be a sign of a serious complication:

  • Pale or white gums
  • Lethargy or difficulty rousing
  • Unsteady gait
  • Inability to get up
  • Difficulty urinating or defecating
  • Enlarged abdomen
  • Bleeding from the incision
  • Labored breathing

Please call our office if you have any questions or concerns.  If you think there is a medical emergency and you can’t immediately reach us at BSNP, or it is outside of our regular business hours, call your regular veterinarian or the Bend Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center at (541) 385-9110.

Our Locations

Bend Spay + Neuter Clinic:
910 SE Wilson, Ste A1
Bend, Oregon 97702
541/617-1010
Surgery:
Wednesday 7:30am to 5:30pm
Thursday 7:30am to 5:30pm
Friday 7:30am to 5:30pm
Vaccine & Microchip Clinic:
Saturday 9am-2pm
Closed Sunday-Tuesday & major holidays

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61170 S.E. 27th St.
Bend, OR 97702
541/382-3537
Open M-F 10am-5:30pm
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61220 S. Highway 97
Bend, OR 97702
541/329-7637
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