Animal Kingdom
Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic  

POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS

Spaying and neutering are very safe surgeries; however, complications can occur. Minimal redness and swelling should resolve within several days. Please contact Animal Kingdom Spay Neuter immediately if redness and swelling persists, or if you notice any of the following:

  • Pale gums
  • Depression
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea
  • Discharge or Bleeding from the incision
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Labored breathing
  • Decreased appetite
  • Lethargy lasting more than 24 hours

Animal Kingdom Spay Neuter will re-check your pet at no charge at our clinic for any complications resulting directly from surgery. There may be a minimal cost for medication if needed.


Animal Kingdom can not be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow post-operative instructions, or for contagious diseases contracted in the post-operative period.


ACTIVITY

  • The healing process takes 7-10 days.
  • Any strenuous activity could disrupt the healing process.
  • Some animals are active after surgery while others are quiet. It is very important that you limit your pet's activity during the healing process.
  • Pets must be kept indoors where they can stay clean, dry and warm.
  • No running, jumping, playing, swimming, or any other strenuous activities during the 7-10 days recovery period.
  • Do not bathe your pet or have him/her groomed during the recovery period.
  • When outdoors, dogs should be on a leash and taken for short walks only for the next 10 days.
  • Non-feral cats should be kept indoors for the next 10 days.
  • Keep pets from playing with other pets in the household for the next 7-10 days. Keep in mind that pets like to groom each other. If your pets have a habit of grooming one another, keep them separated for the next 7-10 days.
  • Keep animal away from all hazards (including stairs).

DO NOT ALLOW YOUR PET TO LICK OR BITE THE INCISION

  • Licking or biting the incision could cause the wound to re-open and become infected. To keep your pet from licking the incision during the healing process, we send home an E-Collar to be worn during the recovery period.  
  • If you are having a difficult time with the collar, Animal Kingdom does have other variety of E-Collars for your pet that may be more comforatable; you can purchase those collars at an additional cost through the Animal Kingdom Store.

FEEDING

  • Anesthesia tends to make animals experience nausea, so your pet may not want to eat when he/she gets home after surgery.
  • You need to re-introduce food slowly. Offer a small amount of food and water as soon as your pet is fully awake. If vomiting occurs, wait until the next day to give more food. Provide your normal amount of food and water to your pet on the day after surgery.
  • Do not change your pet's diet at this time and do not give junk food, table food or milk for a period of one week. This could mask post-surgical complications.
  • Your pet's appetite should return gradually within 24 hours of surgery.

SUTURES

  • Unless you are told otherwise, your pet does not have external sutures.
  • Male cats do not have any sutures.
  • All sutures are absorbable on the inside.The very outer layer of skin is held together with surgical glue.
  • If you are told that your pet has skin sutures or skin staples, he/she will need to return in 10-14 days to have those removed.

INCISION SITE

  • What you see on the day of surgery is what we consider normal. There should be no drainage.  A very small amount of redness or swelling at the incision site may occur.
  • Check the incision site daily for one week. Check for excessive redness, swelling, discharge, blood or if incision site is open.
  • Do not clean or apply any topical ointments to the incision site.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU BRING YOUR PET HOME

  • We strongly recommend you keep your pet confined in a crate or small room the night after surgery.
  • Your pet may be groggy when you get home, experiencing a "hang-over" from the anesthesia. Your pet will typically require 18-24 hours to recover from the general anesthesia. Most animals will be back to normal when the anesthesia leaves their system entirely.
  • Your pet may sleep more than normal during the 18-24 hour time period following surgery.
  • Your pet may be a little agitated or aggressive due to the after-effects of anesthesia. Avoid handling him/her too much as they may try to bite or scratch you.
  • Isolate the animal from children and other pets. He/She may be more prone to snapping or nipping at other pets or even children due to the after-effects of anesthesia.
  • Your pet may have poor balance. This will make climbing stairs or getting in and out of the car more difficult than usual, so be ready to assist. Help your dog in and out of the car as sudden movements can damage his/her sutures. 
  • Make sure your cat has a comfortable, confined/secured and quiet area to sleep in. Once he/she is settled, they are likely to sleep it off and will be fine upon awakening.

SURGICAL PROCEDURE

  • Your pet had major surgery with general anesthesia, which means he/she was unconscious during the operation.
  • In female dogs and cats, the uterus and ovaries are removed through a small incision in the abdominal wall
  • In male dogs and cats, the scrotum is not removed, only the testicles. Male dogs have an incision just above the scrotum. Male cats have two incisions, one in each side of the scrotum. Male cats may appear as if they still have testicles. This is normal.... the swelling should subside gradually through the recovery period.

DISCHARGE

  • Once surgical procedures are completed and after full recovery from anesthesia, animals are discharged from the clinic the same day as surgery.
  • Discharge time is typically 4:00pm unless otherwise specified.  ANY PET NOT PICKED UP BY 4:00 PM WILL BE CHARGED A LATE PICK UP FEE.
  • Our doors are locked until discharge time.
  • Plan to be here approximately 10-15 minutes for discharge. Please note that in the rare event of unforeseen circumstances or emergencies at the clinic there may be a longer wait at discharge.
  • We will review the After Surgery Instructions with you. You will be told what to expect over the next few days as your pet recovers from surgery.
  • We will inform you of any conditions or medical issues the veterinarian may have found during examination.

AFTER SURGERY

HOW TO HELP YOUR PET RECOVER

One of our friendly staff members will be happy to assist you with your pets needs. Call us at: 845-278-7729

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