Before & After Surgery

Drop off time is 7:30am.

Surgeries are scheduled Monday-Thursday by appointment only. Book online or call us at 931-542-2282.  If you are later than 7:45 am, you may be asked to reschedule to a different day. (NOTE: If you need an appointment sooner than our online calendar provides, we recommend that you book a date provided… then just follow up with a call or email so we can do our best to fit you in sooner!)

Preparing your animal for surgery:

  1. All animals should be kept indoors the evening before surgery. Cats must have access to a litter box before and after surgery.
  2. Animals 6 months and older should not have any food after midnight the night before surgery.
  3. If your animal is younger than 6 months old, they should have access to food up until 2 hours prior to drop-off time.
  4. Please continue to give your animal water until the time of their appointment.

Upon arrival:

  1. Please secure your animal(s) SAFELY in your vehicle while checking in. This will reduce stress and interaction with other animals.
  2. Quickly review your pre-printed information at the front desk and sign the consent form on the reverse.
  3. Dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier. All cats must be brought in a carrier. Cat carriers will stay in the clinic until pick up time.

Pick up time is at 4:00 pm.

Any animal not picked up by 4:15pm will incur a $35 late fee per animal. We are not insured to house animals overnight. All pets must be picked up same day.

After Surgery instructions:

  • Your animal’s activity must be restricted for the next 10 days to allow the tissue time to heal and to avoid causing the incision to open. Cats should stay indoors. All dogs should go out on a leash to urinate/defecate and then return inside to rest.
  • Keep the incision site dry. Do not bathe or apply topical ointment during the recovery period.
  • Your pet received a green tattoo next to the incision. This tattoo is a scoring process in the skin; IT IS NOT AN EXTRA INCISION.
  • Keep males away from un-spayed females for 30 days. Keep females away from un-neutered males for seven days. Be prepared to keep pets separated during the recovery period.
  • Check the incision site twice daily. Females should have no drainage; redness and swelling should be minimal. The incision for male dogs is directly on the scrotum and is left open to allow for drainage. Small amounts of drainage/discharge is normal for up to 3 days. Too much activity causes increased drainage, so activity restriction is very important. Do not allow the animal to lick or chew at the incision. If this occurs, an Elizabethan collar (E-collar) MUST be applied to prevent additional licking/chewing that could cause infection.
  • Appetite should return gradually within 24 hours of surgery. Do not change the animal’s diet during this time, and do not give them junk food, table scraps, milk, or any other people food during the recovery period. Feeding them their regular diet will help avoid gastro-intestinal upset.
  • Dogs may have a slight cough for a few days after surgery.
  • Lethargy lasting for more than 24 hours after surgery, diarrhea, or vomiting are not normal, and your pet should be taken to your regular veterinarian.
  • We recommend your pet receive a post-operative examination with a full service veterinarian 7 to 10 days after surgery to have the incision checked for complete healing and to discuss additional needs or other follow-up care. If your pet received a vaccine at our clinic other than rabies, please discuss a “booster” vaccine with your regular veterinarian. Canine distemper/parvo vaccine, feline leukemia vaccine, and feline distemper vaccine all need to be “boostered” 3 to 4 weeks after administration of the first vaccine for maximum effectiveness.
  • Do not give human medication to the animal – it is dangerous and can be fatal!
  • If all of the above post-operative instructions are followed in full, we will make every reasonable effort to treat complications, at minimal cost, at our clinic if the symptoms are a direct result from surgery. Your regular veterinarian must address illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of surgery.We cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow post-operative instructions, or for contagious diseases for which the animal was not previously properly vaccinated.
  • If there are any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery, including concerns about the incision, please call for an appointment as soon as you see cause for concern. Our clinic staff can be reached at 931-542-2282 during regular business hours (Monday-Thursday 7am-5pm). For after hours surgery-related questions or EMERGENCIES, call 931-257-4631, or contact your regular veterinarian or an emergency hospital. A potential emergency may include pale gums; depression; unsteady gait; loss of appetite or decreased water intake; vomiting; diarrhea; discharge or bleeding from the incision; difficulty urinating or defecating; or labored breathing.


E-collars help prevent your pet from self-traumatizing and/or infecting their surgery site. They are bulky – and some dogs are somewhat distressed when initially wearing them – however, this is usually very temporary, and most pets quickly learn to tolerate them. Your pet should have no trouble eating or drinking while wearing an E-collar, but if you observe them having difficulty doing so, you may remove it temporarily – you must, however, provide 100% supervision during this time. Your dog should not be allowed to lick or otherwise rub at the surgery site, and must wear the E-collar for 10-14 days.

Pain Medication (Meloxicam)

Your pet has been prescribed Meloxicam, which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It will provide pain control and help to decrease swelling.

  • Please follow all label directions, and give the medication with a meal.
  • Do not give this medication if your pet is already on an NSAID or any form of steroid.
  • Possible side effects include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, dark stools, and/or decreased activity.
  • If you see any of these side effects, stop giving the medication and contact our clinic at 931-257-4631. This help line is open 24 hours.


Your pet should be on strict rest for 10-14 days. No running, jumping, or rough playing. Only short, leashed walks should be provided to allow the animal urinate or defecate. We recommend keeping them confined to a small room or a kennel to ensure activity restriction. If using either a small room or kennel, your pet will initially need to be supervised to ensure their safety.


(931) 542-2282 (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm)

(931) 257-4631 (after hours)