Surgery instructions

Surgery Instructions -- Animal Care Center of Hays CountyThe information on this page is available here in a one-page PDF download (approximately 25 Kb).

For patients under seven years old, we recommend pre-anesthetic bloodwork to minimize the risk of surgery. This test is $45 and checks liver, kidney and blood cell values.

For patients over 7 years old, we require the full panel bloodwork. This test is $96 and includes liver, kidney and bloodcell values, plus cholesterol, calcium, white blood cells, and other checks.

Patients who received general anesthesia must refrain from eating or drinking for at least eight hours before surgery. It may seem harsh not being able to allow them a sip of water, but this precaution minimizes the risk of complications such as vomiting during surgery.

General instructions:

  • The night before the scheduled surgery, please take away food and water at 10 PM.
  • Drop your pet off between 7:30 AM and 8:30 AM the day of the surgery.
  • Your pet usually will be ready to go home on the same day, so please be prepared to pick up between 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM. We recommend calling prior to coming to be sure your pet is awake enough, and ready to go home. On rare occasions, if your pet isn’t completely awake, the doctor may elect to keep the pet overnight.
  • All female cats spays will stay overnight and be ready to go when we open the next morning.

Please note:

  • All patients have to be current on vaccinations, or we will have to vaccinate them while they are here for surgery. If the vaccinations were done elsewhere, please bring documentation with you.
  • If your pet is in heat or pregnant and is accepted for surgery, additional fees will apply.
  • If your pet has been ill, sneezing or coughing, has been vomiting or has diarrhea, please call us at (512) 754-6333 to confirm whether or not you should bring your pet in for surgery.
  • We will go over post-op instructions with you individually and in detail when you pick your pet up. Please be aware that you will need to be able to keep your pet confined indoors in a quiet, space warm place and kept away from other animals and children for at least 24 hours. You will need to check the incision site twice a day, watching for swelling, discharge or redness. You will need to ensure that your pet does not like or rub the incision area. Dogs will need to be walked on a leash and not allowed strenuous activity for 7 to 10 days.
  • Please be aware that our schedule sets aside a specific amount of time for each surgery. A rescheduling fee will be applied to any cancellations the day of the scheduled surgery.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.