Before arriving at our facility, please familiarize yourself with the important information below.
Remember: Your pet must be at least 3 months old and weigh at least 3 lbs!
Our veterinarians recommend that pets are fully vaccinated against communicable diseases (distemper, parvo, and upper respiratory diseases) prior to surgery. Please consult your regular veterinarian for further information. In addition, Florida state law requires a current rabies vaccination for your pet. Please bring proof in the form of a certificate (tags are not acceptable forms of proof). It is not a requirement to have the rabies vaccination before surgery, but we are required to administer one at the time of surgery if one has not been given.
2. Withdraw Food After Midnight
Adult animals must have food withdrawn the night before surgery at midnight. Animals four months or younger may have food until 5:30 a.m., though all pets can have water up until the time of their appointment.
3. Keep your pet indoors
Pets must be kept indoors or confined the night before surgery. This ensures that they are not eating outside, which puts them at risk of aspiration during and after their surgery.
4. Check in time is 7:30am
Due to our strict schedule, your pet might not be admitted if you arrive after 8:15 a.m. The admission process usually takes about 30 minutes to complete and we must start surgery as soon as possible.
5. Leave Your Pet in the Car
Please leave your animal in your car until you have completed patient registration. Once you have paid and answered some health history questions, you will be asked to bring them in. Please note that we reserve the right to cancel surgery if pets are exhibiting signs of illness, including vomiting, diarrhea, and discharge from the eyes or nose. Please have these issues addressed by your regular veterinarian if they have had any of these issues within the two days before the surgery. All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a carrier. Cats must be in separate carriers for their safety after surgery.
6. Method of Payment
We accept payment in the form of cash or credit. Payment is due at registration that morning.
7. Pets are picked up the same day
All pets may be picked up between the hours of 3:30pm and 4:15pm the same day of the surgery. They must remain under medical supervision during their immediate recovery. Please note that we do not board pets. If you arrive after 4:15pm there will be a late fee of $20 added to your bill.
8. About the surgery
In female animals, the uterus and ovaries are removed through a small incision in the abdominal wall, which renders them sterile. In male dogs and cats, the scrotum is not removed, only the testicles. This prevents the production of sperm, rendering them sterile. Our patients are completely asleep during surgery, unable to feel any discomfort. They are given an injection which will manage their pain for 24 hours. They should not need anything else as long as they leave their incision alone.
9. Tattoo = Spay/Neuter
Your pet will 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 been sterilized.