Surgery Instructions

Following Instructions

People who have scheduled an appointment for a spay or neuter surgery for their pets should follow these instructions before bringing their cats or dogs into the clinic. Failure to follow pre-surgery instructions may result in a need to cancel your pet's surgery. 

  • Do not feed your pet after 9:00 p.m. on the night before the surgery. Water should be freely available until the time you leave home.
  • Please arrive at the Clinic entrance at 157 W. Grand Ave. between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.  The Clinic is located on the lower level. Please use the elevators from the parking garage or the 157 W. Grand entrance. If driving, please utilize our free parking garage located on Wells Street, just south of Grand Ave.
  • If you arrive before 8:00 a.m., please wait in the first floor lobby next to the elevator as  the Clinic is not open before 8:00 a.m.
  • In order to ensure the safety of your pet, we require that you transport cats in a pet carrier, and dogs must either be leashed or in a carrier.
  • You must bring your pet’s vaccination records. It is mandatory that your pet be current on vaccinations against distemper and parvovirus for dogs. If your animal is not currently vaccinated, there will be an additional $15 fee. In addition, you may also purchase a rabies vaccination ($25), Canine Influenza Vaccine (H3N2) ($25), microchip identification ($25), and/or a Feline leukemia/FIV test for cats ($25) on the morning of the surgery.
  • Payment for the surgery is made online. Payment for additional services must be made at the time of arrival. We accept cash (please, no bills larger than $50) and all major credit cards.
  • Pick up after surgery is the same day, between 5:30 and 6 p.m. Your animal must be picked up the same day. There is no overnight stay. A $50 per animal cash fee will be charged for any animal not picked up.
  • Due to the high demand for this low-cost program, we ask that you keep your scheduled appointment. If necessary, you can change your appointment date by giving at least two (2) business days (Monday-Friday) notice. To do this, please call 312 645-8051. A charge of $15 will be assessed to reschedule a missed cat appointment. 

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It is important to keep your pet comfortable and healthy during the recovery period following a spay or neuter surgery.

  • A note about medication: A long-lasting injection of pain medication is given at the time of surgery. Additional pain medications are generally not necessary. If your pet experiences discomfort during the days following surgery, please call the clinic at 312-645-8051.
  • In order to comply with current standards of The Association of Shelter Veterinarians, a small green tattoo will be applied to the abdomen of male and female cats and female dogs. For male dogs, the tattoo will applied near the scrotum.  This is meant as an indicator of the sterilization status of these animals thus preventing unnecessary surgery later in life.
  • Post-Surgical Instructions:
  • No food is allowed until the morning after the surgery.
  • Provide a normal serving of water when you arrive home.
  • Resume normal eating schedule the following day.
  • Mild exercise, such as walking, is allowed, but do not allow your pet to jump or run, as this may cause the incision to open.
  • Do not allow your pet to chew or lick the incision. If you notice excessive licking, you can purchase a cone collar at your local pet supply store or veterinarian.
  • Check the incision daily. Contact the Clinic at 312-645-8051 if you notice any discharge, swelling, or opening at the incision site .
  • Do not bathe your pet or apply any flea products for 10 days.
  • Know that your pet did not receive any external sutures, so removal is not necessary. There are two layers of internal sutures, which will dissolve, and surgical glue has been applied on your pet’s skin.
  • A green tattoo has been placed near the incision to make it easy to identify that your pet is altered.
  • If needed, post-surgical care will be provided at no charge until the incision heals. Please call the Clinic at 312-645-8051 to schedule an appointment from Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, please call the Society's main number at 312-644-8338 and press 0 to speak to an operator. Please note that the Clinic is closed weekends, and holidays. During this time please call 312-644-8338 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and dial 0 to speak to an operator.

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Your cat or dog may have received its first distemper combination vaccine during the surgery. This is the first in a series of at least two vaccinations meant to provide protection against common diseases. In order for this vaccine to be effective, a booster needs to be scheduled in approximately 3 weeks. You must schedule an appointment with your own veterinarian for this important booster vaccine.

If your pet received a rabies vaccination, he or she is protected for one year and will not need a booster until then. A current rabies vaccination is required by law for all cats and dogs. You must schedule a booster rabies vaccination with your own veterinarian in approximately one year. 

If your pet received a Canine Influenza vaccine, this is the first in a series of two vaccinations meant to provide temporary protection. In order for this vaccine to be fully effective for one year, a booster needs to be scheduled in approximately 3 weeks and may be obtained at our Clinic for a $25 fee. No appointment is necessary. The hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It is common to for your pet to display some of the following after her/his spay/neuter surgery. If you see any of these symptoms, please call our clinic at 312-645-8051.

•    The incision site is red/swollen
•    There is a small amount of discharge coming from the site
•    The pet is not eating the next day
•    The pet is lethargic the next day
•    The pet appears to be in pain 

Owners should NOT use any products on the site nor give any medication for pain until they have consulted with the vet.