Canine Pre-Op Information

Canine Pre-Operative Owner Information

Surgical procedures will be performed by an experienced, licensed veterinarian assisted by veterinary nurses.  Surgeries are provided on an outpatient basis.  Dogs are dropped off in the morning and are discharged in the afternoon.

An approved, safe anesthetic protocol that includes pain medication at no additional charge will be used during surgery.  Additional pain medication is dispensed after surgery for home care.

Please adhere to the following instructions:

  • Minimum requirements: Puppies must be at least 8 weeks old and weigh 3 pounds. Dogs must not weigh more than 40 pounds.
  • Confirmation – You must confirm your reservation by submitting your deposit through our deposit page or by calling 770-455-7077 prior to the surgery date.  If you do not confirm, your reservation will become a standby and you will not be guaranteed to be seen.  Those with confirmed reservations will be admitted first, followed by standbys.
  • General Health – If your dog shows any signs of illness (sneezing, runny nose, diarrhea, vomiting, etc.) in the days directly preceding your appointment, please call our office to reschedule, for the safety and health of your dog and other animals in the clinic.
  • Food & Water – Please take away food starting at 10:00 PM the night before your appointment.  Please DO NOT withhold water.  This can make a dog dehydrated prior to surgery and/or exacerbate any underlying liver or kidney issues.
    – For puppies under 4 months of age, remove food after 10:00 PM the night before, but give half the normal amount of food before 6:00 AM the morning of your appointment.
  • Flea treatments – Acceptable flea treatments are dispensed by licensed veterinarians only.  Other flea products should be discontinued 2 weeks prior to the day of your appointment.
  • Flea Collars – Flea collars should never be used unless prescribed by a licensed veterinarian.  Over-the-counter flea collars are ineffective and contain toxic chemicals that are potentially harmful to your dog.  Any over-the-counter flea collars found on animals brought to CatSnip will be discarded.
  • Heartworm Preventatives – Heartworm preventatives should be used as normal.
  • Nursing Females – Please be sure that your dog has stopped nursing at least 2 weeks prior to the day of surgery.
  • Rabies Vaccinations – Dogs 12 weeks of age that are not up-to-date on their rabies vaccination are required to be vaccinated.  We will administer the vaccine the day of surgery for $16.00.
  • Arrival Time – Please arrive at the Project CatSnip mobile clinic promptly at 7:30 AM.  Arriving after this time will invalidate your confirmation and your space will be given to the next person on the standby list.
  • Leashes and Collars – Dogs must be leashed at all times.  Leashes and collars will be returned to you after your dog(s) is checked in to our clinics in the morning.
  • Pick-Up Time – Animals are discharged from the clinic the same day.  We will call you approximately one to two hours before it is time to pick-up your dog(s).  Times change daily based on the number of animals being seen.  Post-Operative instructions will be provided at the time of pick-up.
  • Payment – Payment is required upon pick up of your dog(s).  A $4.00 fee applies to all debit and credit cards.
  • Late Fee Notice – A late fee of $10 per dog will be imposed for every 10 minutes past the scheduled pick-up time.  Dogs not picked up after 30 minutes will be taken to the CatSnip Business Office in Woodstock, where they can be picked up between 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, upon payment of the late fee and a $100 per pet overnight care fee.  Project CatSnip is not equipped with boarding facilities.  Any dog that is not picked up after one day will be taken to the nearest county Animal Control.  Any fines imposed by Animal Control will be the responsibility of the dog’s owner.  Please be on time to avoid these unnecessary charges.
  • Post-Operative Care – Please prepare a separate recovery area, typically a small confined room, for each dog before the day of surgery.  Multiple surgical patients must recover separately.  Please also thoroughly read our Canine Post-Op Instruction page for further helpful information.
  • EmergenciesPlease take the time to familiarize yourself with the animal emergency facility nearest to you.  Should any emergencies or post-surgical questions arise within two weeks following your appointment, please call our CatSnip Medical Hotline at 404-895-1979 until 8:30 PM, Monday through Friday.  After 8:30 PM and on weekends, please contact your nearest emergency animal hospital.  For medical records and other non-emergency information, please call our office at 770-455-7077.