985 Bay Street
Rochester, NY 14609
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Pick-up for all surgical patients will be as follows:
- Dogs—2:30 PM
- Cats—4:00 PM
- Feral cats—4:30 PM
- Please note that occasionally these discharge times may need to be changed slightly due to unforeseen circumstances or emergencies.
- RCAC conducts group discharges at the listed times. Failure to arrive on time for your scheduled discharge time may result in a $15 fee.
Activity: Upon return from your appointment it is recommended that someone be available to monitor your pet for several hours. Keep your pet in a warm, dry and quiet area, away from all hazards (including stairs, young children, and other animals). Avoid too much handling as he/she may try to bite or scratch. Do not allow pet to run, jump, play, swim, or be bathed/groomed for 10 days after surgery. Leash dogs for short walks only, for 14 days.
Diet: Offer a small amount of food and water as soon as your pet is fully awake. If vomiting occurs, wait a couple of hours to offer a little more food. Provide the normal amount of food and water beginning on the day after surgery.
Sutures & Tattoo: Unless otherwise noted, all pets receive sutures placed under the skin that DO NOT need to be removed. All dogs and female cats also receive a green tattoo next to the incision which permanently identifies him/her as neutered or spayed.
Incision Site Care: It is very important that you keep your pet from licking or biting at the surgery area since serious harm may result. An e-collar (or cone) will be sent home after surgery and should be kept on the pet for 10-14 days. Check the incision site twice daily for 10 days. As long as the incision remains closed, clean, and free from discharge, it is progressing normally. A very small amount of redness/swelling at incision is normal. If you notice any significant swelling, redness, bleeding, or discharge contact a veterinary to have it looked at.
Contact RCAC (585-288-0600); Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services (585-424-1277); or another full-service veterinary hospital; if any of the following occur:
Persistent Vomiting or Diarrhea
Depression/Lethargy/Loss of Appetite
Excessive Incision Site Swelling or Opening
Bleeding or Discharge at Incision Site