S.P.O.T. FAQs

Q. DO I HAVE TO QUALIFY TO USE YOUR LOW-COST SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC?
No. Our services are provided to the public. There are no eligibility requirements to meet.

 

Q. HOW OLD DOES MY PET HAVE TO BE FOR SPAY/NEUTER SURGERY?
All cats and dogs must be at least 16 weeks old.

 

Q. CAN ANIMALS HAVE FOOD OR WATER THE NIGHT BEFORE SURGERY?
All animals must have food and water withdrawn the night before surgery at 8 pm. This will ensure that the animal's stomach has emptied by the time he's put under general anesthesia. This lessens the chances that your pet will vomit and aspirate the vomit into his lungs. If your pet has eaten on the morning of surgery, we will refuse surgery. 

 

Q. WHAT TIME DO I NEED TO BE THERE IN THE MORNING?
SPOT Check-in is between 8 – 8:30 am. We check-in all patients at the same time. We have a very strict surgical schedule that must be followed so it is very important that you arrive on time. 

 

Q. WHAT TIME DO I NEED TO BE THERE FOR DISCHARGE?

This is same day surgery. Dogs will be ready for pick-up between 1:30 – 3:00 pm. You will receive a phone call when your dog is ready to be picked up. Cats are ready for pick-up between 4:30 – 5:30 pm. 
 

Q. WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING THE MORNING OF MY APPOINTMENT?

 

IF YOU ARE BRINGING A CAT...

1) Your COMPLETED SPOT voucher paperwork.

2) Cats must be in a clean secure pet carrier. If you have two cats in one carrier, please ensure there is ample room for both cats. We cannot accept cats in cardboard boxes or cardboard carriers.

 

IF YOU ARE BRINGING A DOG...

1) Your COMPLETED SPOT voucher paperwork.

2) Dogs must be under control on a leash. If 25 lbs or under dogs must be in a clean secure pet carrier.

 

Q. DO YOU USE ANESTHESIA?
Yes! The comfort and safety of the animal is important to us. Our patients are anesthetized with safe anesthetic agents.

 

Q. DO YOU USE PAIN MEDICATION?
Animals receives pain medication before they feel any pain. All patients receive pain medication before surgery. Additional pain medication is sent home only with dog spays. 

 

Q. DO YOU USE A LICENSED VETERINARIAN?
Our veterinarian is licensed in the State of Idaho and is highly experienced and skilled in high-quality and high-volume surgical techniques. 

 

Q. WHAT IS THAT EXTRA GREEN INCISION?
This is a tattoo. All female cats and female dogs receive a small green tattoo on the incision line. This permanently identifies an animal as sterilized. 

 

Q. WHAT IS THE RECOVERY PERIOD LIKE?
The recovery period is 7-10 days. You need to restrict your pet's activity and keep him/her indoors. You also need to watch their incision closely. We will give you a complete list of post-op instructions when you pick your pet up.

 

Q. DO I NEED TO BRING MY PET BACK TO HAVE STITCHES REMOVED?
Unless you are told otherwise, your pet does not have external sutures. All sutures are absorbable on the inside. The very outer layer of skin is held together with surgical glue. Male cats do not have any sutures.

 

If you are told that your pet has skin sutures or skin staples, he/she will need to return in 7-10 days to have those removed. 

 

Q. SHOULD I BE WORRIED THAT MY PET IS LICKING THE INCISION SITE?
Yes!! This could cause the wound to re-open and become infected. 

 

Q. WHAT SHOULD I DO TO KEEP MY PET FROM LICKING HIS INCISION?
You need an E-collar (we sell them for $10). 

 

Q. WHAT IF I NOTICE SOMETHING UNUSUAL OR HAVE A PROBLEM AFTER SURGERY?
It is VERY important that you follow the after-surgery instructions provided to you at discharge during the post-op period. If you think your pet is having a problem contact your regular veterinarian.

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