MAKING AN APPOINTMENT:
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You need to have an appointment in order to have your pet "fixed." These appointments are for spay or neuter surgery only.
You can make an appointment directly online or If you prefer to call for an appointment, call the clinic at 856-424-2288, ext. 105. Please either request an appointment online OR call. Please be patient: we receive hundreds of phone calls and online appointment requests each day, and answer each one in the order received.
Due to the great demand for appointments, please give us at least 48 hours notice of a cancellation. If not, we will require pre-payment prior to scheduling another appointment. To keep our prices affordable, every kennel must be full every day we schedule surgery. If someone cancels at the last minute or doesn’t show at all, we cannot schedule the appointment for someone else.
For all surgery appointments, please remember:
- Drop-off time is between 7:15 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Pick up is between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. the same afternoon. Everyone is given the same time so there will be a wait at check-in..
- Payment is due at drop-off. CASH and exact change is requested, please.
- Bring prior vaccination records, if available. A 3-year rabies vaccine can only be given if proof of previous vaccine is shown at appointment. (Must be certifcate, not a tag.)
- All cats must be in a carrier. Feral cats in traps must be covered and will need a carrier for after surgery.
- All dogs must be on a leash. Please walk dogs before entering the building.
- Adult animals (older than 6 months) may not have food after 6:00 p.m. the night before surgery.
- Young animals (younger than 6 months) may not have food after 12:00 midnight the night before surgery.
- Water is okay to be given the night before and the morning of surgery.
- Spay/Neuter Check-In Form - download and fill out to bring with you to the appointment. If you are unable to print this form out, there will be forms available when you come in for surgery and they can be filled out at that time.
- Feed your pet a small meal and water when you get home. Do not be alarmed if s/he doesn’t eat the first day.
- Your pet may be drowsy from the anesthesia. This may last 24-48 hours depending on the individual animal. Some animals may shiver or vomit. Call us on the surgical line if vomiting is excessive or continues for more than 24 hours.
- Keep your pet in the house. Do not allow your pet to run around the yard for seven days. Debris, dirt, germs, or damage from flies could harm the surgical area. We suggest walking dogs on the leash for the first week.
- Confine cats to one small room for the first night. Separate them from other animals and small children. Your pet may not feel like playing the first night. Keep cats inside for one week.
- We suggest placing shredded newspaper on top of the kitty litter for three days. This prevents the litter from sticking to the incision.
- Female animals may have some swelling under the incision due to an internal layer of absorbable sutures.
- Male cats do not have any visible external suture.
- Male animals may experience a fluid buildup in the scrotum which contained the testicles.
- If there is excessive swelling, call the surgical line.
- Pets should be observed for licking or chewing at the stitches. If your pet licks or chews at the stitches an e-collar is recommended. It must extend three inches past the tip of the nose.
- Do not bathe your pet for one week, as this can damage the sutures. Pets should not have flea baths, powders or flea collars put on them for one week.
- Your pet will gradually return to his/her normal activity level over 2-4 days.
Absorbable Sutures: Your pet does not have to return for suture removal. However, the sutures must remain in the animal for at least 7 days.
Absorbable sutures can take 2-4 months to fully dissolve.
An E-collar is recommended to prevent your pet from taking out their stitches and must be worn for 7 days.
AWA offers e-collars at a non-refundable fee of $16.00.
E-collars are also available at your local pet stores.
There will be a $75 fee plus the cost of medicine if your pet removes the sutures before 7 days.