Questions about surgery and appointments
Q: How old does my cat or dog need to be to be spayed or neutered?
A: Your cat or dog must be at least 8 weeks old and weigh at least 2 pounds in order to undergo surgery at our clinic. However, to receive the rabies vaccination, which is free at surgery, your pet must be 12 weeks old.
Q: Isn’t 8 weeks too young to neuter a dog or cat?
A: No. Both the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) support pediatric neutering. Veterinarians experienced with early-age spay/neuter insist the surgery is faster and less stressful for the animal than when done at the more conventional age of 6 months. Read more about pediatric spay/neuter here.
Q: Does my pet have to stay overnight after surgery?
A: No. Pets go home the same day. You will be given aftercare instructions and will be provided a phone number you can call should you have any concerns about your pet after the surgery.
Q: Do I need to schedule an appointment or can I just show up on a clinic day?
A: You must schedule an appointment and pay a $20 deposit.
Q: My pet is currently on antibiotics. Can he still have surgery?
A: If your pet is currently being treated for an infection, he is not a good candidate for surgery right now. You should finish the course of treatment and have your regular veterinarian recheck your pet to make sure all is well before scheduling surgery. Our clinic is for healthy pets only as we are not a full-service veterinary clinic.
Q: Should I purchase the additional take home pain medication?
A: Studies show that the most painful period after a surgery is the first three to five days. Additional pain medication can help your animal be more comfortable, which in turn improves the healing process. We provide pain medication during surgery and a 24 hour dose of anti-inflammatory medication to your dogs and cats. Unfortunately, our low prices do not allow us to provide additional pain medication free of charge.
We strongly recommend additional pain medication for all dogs and companion cats, if it is within your budget. We can provide two additional days of pain medication for a small charge.
DO NOT EVER GIVE HUMAN MEDICATIONS TO ANIMALS WITHOUT CONSULTING A VETERINARIAN AS IT MAY BE FATAL!
Q: My pet is already fixed, but needs shots. Can I come to one of your clinics for that?
A: No. Only surgical clients receive vaccinations at our regular spay/neuter clinic days. We occasionally offer special vaccination clinics where other pets can receive vaccines. Watch our schedule or Facebook page for these announcements.
Q: I only have one carrier; can I bring both of my cats in it?
A: Yes, but you must take each cat home in a separate carrier. If you are unable to borrow an additional carrier, you can purchase a cardboard carrier at our clinic for $5.
Q: Does The Fix Is In offer declaw surgery?
A: No. From cat behavioralist Jackson Galaxy and Dr. Jean Hofve:
Claws are a physically, socially, and emotionally vital part of every cat.
Scratching, for a cat, is not only a natural act, but a necessary one as well. Here’s why.
- It removes the dead outer sheaths of nail, keeping it sharp and ready for action.
- It is an essential exercise technique which serves to stretch and strengthen their upper bodies.
- Cats mark their territory visually, especially in multi–cat households, as a way of determining rank.
- Between your cat’s toes are scent glands which leave her “signature” when she scratches.
Scratching is an essential element of cats’ communication, problem-solving, health, and security issues. We’re left then with a re–phrasing of the popular question, “How do I get my cat to stop scratching?” to “How can I get my cat to scratch somewhere else?”
Learn more from The Paw Project and from cat behaviorist, Jackson Galaxy.
Declaw discussion starts at 3:25
Q: Does The Fix Is In need volunteers?
A: Yes!! Volunteers help staff with admission, writing rabies certificates, washing instruments and wrapping surgical packs. We also use volunteers in our fund raising activities. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call us at 715-256-8555 to get more information.
Questions after surgery
Q: My pet had surgery today and won’t eat! What should I do?
A: It is common for some animals not to have an appetite right after surgery, likely due to nausea from anesthesia. Offer a small amount of food and water, about a quarter of the normal amount, and leave it available. Animals will usually eat within 12-24 hours post-op. If your pet still doesn’t eat after 24 hours, please call our post-op line for assistance or consult with your regular veterinarian. Do not force feed, syringe feed or offer fatty treats as this may cause vomiting or choking.
Q: Can I give my dog his/her medications at the same time? Do I have to give it with food?
A: On the day of the surgery your dog will be given an injection of Meloxicam and will not require an oral dose until the next evening. All medications should be administered according to the label and only to the animal to which it was prescribed. Please call our post-op line, if you have any additional questions.
Q: How do I restrict my pet’s activity after surgery and for how long?
A: Activity restriction for 10-14 days is a very important factor in reducing complications such as hernia, swelling, internal bleeding and other injuries.
- It is best to keep your pet in a kennel or small room such as a bathroom whenever he/she is not being supervised. For example, if you are sleeping, working or unable to monitor your pet, he/she should be in the kennel or small room. This will, in most cases, prevent your animal from being overactive and causing injury.
- Cats may be kept in a small room or a large dog kennel. Be sure the kennel is large enough to allow for room that prevents him/her from sleeping in the litter box as well as allowing room for food, water, and sleeping area.
- Use an E-collar/cone – many animals will not want to move around very much when wearing the E-collar
- Use a leash – dogs should be on a leash when going outside even if they have a fenced in yard. The leash will give you more control over speed and activity when outside or using the stairs.
- Monitor activities with other animals and young children and do not allow unsupervised playtime for 14 days.
- No swimming or bathing for 14 days after surgery.
Q: How long should I keep the E-collar on?
A: At least 7 days. After 7 days, try removing the cone and see if your animal tries to lick his/her incision. If he/she does, then put the collar back on for an additional 7 days.
If your pet is not tolerating the purchased cone, there are homemade alternatives that may work for dogs and for cats.
Q: I had more than one pet fixed, how do I keep track of their incisions?
A: It is important to check the incisions at least once per day to monitor the healing process and watch for signs of problems, such as moisture, discharge, increased swelling, redness, or bleeding. It can be helpful to take a picture of the surgical site each evening so you have something to compare it to. In addition, photos can help our technician or veterinarian help you and your pet, if you encounter problems.
Q: What should I do at home to care for the incision?
A: Basically nothing. Just make sure the incision stays clean and dry. Do not allow your pet to go swimming and do not go for walks in areas where mud, sand, etc. could get on the incision. Controlled leash walks on dry sidewalks are best.
Prevent licking/chewing by using an E-collar, Kong collar and vigilant monitoring.
Q: My pet had surgery about a week ago and now it appears that his/her skin is peeling around the incision. Should I be concerned or apply cream?
A: All incisions (except in routine male cat neuters) are secured with a thin application of tissue adhesive. When this begins to let loose it may appear that the skin itself is flaking off. This is normal and requires no treatment. If the incision area is warm/hot to the touch or “oozing” please call our post-op phone.
Q: My cat was treated with Revolution for ear mites or fleas, when should I retreat?
A: Revolution is a parasitic application that is applied topically (on the skin) once a month. Due to the risk of overdose your pet should not be treated with any other parasite medication for one month from the date of surgery. This includes all flea treatments including flea collars and flea baths, all ear mite treatments, all tick treatments, and all dewormers. If you feel that your pet is not improving or is getting worse, please see your regular veterinarian before using any other products and make sure you tell them when your animal was treated by The Fix Is In with Revolution or any other dewormers, such as Praziquantel for tapeworms.
Q: How do I get a copy of my pet’s records?
A: On clinic day, you will be sent home with a summary page listing all of the services your pet received at clinic and applicable veterinarian’s notes. If your pet received a rabies vaccine, you will also receive a rabies certificate. This certificate is the only legal, acceptable proof of rabies vaccination, so it is important to file your pet records in a safe place where they can be retrieved if needed. If you accidentally misplace records, or they are damaged/destroyed, you may request replacements from our clinic. Please do so by sending an email that includes your name and pet’s name. If you do not have email access, you may call 715-256-8555 to make your request. Allow up to 5 days for records to be scanned and emailed to you. Records are available for the past 3 years, per Wisconsin State Statute.