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Post-Operative Instructions

Thank you for having your pet spayed/neutered at the San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS). This operation helps decrease the number of unwanted pets in our city as well as improves your pet’s chances for a longer, healthier life. We strongly recommend that you establish a relationship with a full-service veterinary clinic to ensure your pet receives continued healthcare, to include vaccine boosters, deworming, and all health issues NOT directly related to this surgery.

RECHECK HOURS
San Antonio Humane Society, 4804 Fredericksburg Rd.
9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday - Friday

Brooks Spay/Neuter Clinic, 8034 City Base Landing
9:00 am to 2:00 pm Tuesday - Saturday (Closed on Fridays for the month of March)

Main telephone line (210) 226-7461 is only answered during shelter hours (12pm-7pm, Monday-Sunday).
Brooks Spay/Neuter Clinic (7.30am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday) - (210) 963-7150.

  • Your pet may be unsteady, groggy, or sleepy tonight. This is normal after anesthesia. Please do not allow your pet to jump on/off of furniture, windowsills, etc., as injuries can occur. Please do not leave your pet alone for the next 12-24 hours until the anesthesia wears off. If you must leave them for a short period, we recommend confining them to a small room or crate if crate trained.

  • Introduce food slowly tonight. Offer only ¼ of your pet’s normal amount of food. If no vomiting occurs after 1 hour, you may offer another ¼ of food. Please do not allow your pet to free feed after anesthesia, as this causes vomiting.

  • Morning after surgery: If your pet ate and drank well, your pet may resume full meals. If pet is still nauseous or vomiting, you may offer a bland serving of chicken and rice. Servings should be small and offered multiple times a day.

  • An injection for pain was given after your pet’s surgery. This injection will only last 24 hours. If you feel your pet is painful after 24 hours, please call us for a recheck. At that time, we may be able to dispense further pain control. DO NOT GIVE TYLENOL OR IBUPROFEN: THEY ARE DEADLY TO PETS.

  • NO BATHS OR SWIMMING for 7 days. Wetness (from bathing or licking) will cause the sutures to dissolve and promote infection at the surgical incision site. Please keep the incision clean and dry. If necessary, you may clean gently around the incision with a damp towel and pat dry with a paper towel.

  • We HIGHLY recommend purchasing an e-collar from the SAHS, your vet, or a pet supply store. The collar should extend 2 inches beyond your pet’s nose to prevent licking, be snug enough as to not slide off your pet’s head, and loose enough to allow breathing and swallowing. If you purchase an e-collar from us, we will ensure that it fits properly.

  • Complications can occur (seromas, incision opening, swelling, bleeding) if your pet is OVERLY ACTIVE. All outside time (potty, walks, etc) should be kept short for the next 7 days. Dogs should only be taken out on a leash. Cats should be kept inside for a MINIMUM of 3-5 days. Seven is ideal if they normally go outdoors. Feral cats are the ONLY exception to this rule and may be released the same day.

  • Monitor incision site daily for the next 7 days. AluSpray, the silver aerosol bandage on your pet’s incision, has been applied. If you see silver on your pets nose/face, they have been licking their incision and will require an e-collar. If you see more than a few drops of bright red blood, green or yellow discharge, or severe swelling or redness, please come in for a free surgery recheck. If antibiotics or additional medications are required, you are responsible for any extra charges.

  • Unless you are told otherwise, sutures are absorbable and do NOT need to be removed. If your pet required staples, you will be informed. Staples will need to be removed during recheck hours 7 days from the surgery date.

  • A PERMANENT GREEN TATTOO LINE was placed on your pet’s skin near the incision, as per SAHS policy. It will be prominent for several days. This is a PERMANENT sign that your pet has been spayed/neutered, should he/she get lost. Feral cats receive a tattoo and have their left ear “tipped”.

  • One episode of vomiting or diarrhea can be normal after anesthesia. Multiple episodes of vomit/diarrhea with or without blood are NOT normal and usually NOT caused by the anesthesia. We recommend you see your regular veterinarian or emergency clinic (if after hours) for any severe episodes of vomiting and/or diarrhea.
  • Recommended ER clinic: Animal ER at 4315 Fredericksburg Rd | (210) 737-7380. We DO NOT refund any veterinary clinic or emergency clinic visits.

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