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What to expect before and after your pet’s procedure

Updated: May 24, 2023

You pet has a surgery scheduled for a sterilization, a mass excision, or a dentistry? Here is all the information you need to be fully prepared before the day of the procedure:

  • Your pet must be fasted as of 10pm the night before the procedure. Water is allowed at all times.

  • Depending on the procedure and circumstances, some patients may leave the day of the procedure. Your pet will most likely stay overnight after the procedure.

  • If your female dog had a heat recently, call us to move the procedure, as we can operate only 3 months after the end of the heat.

  • Your pet must have been seen by a veterinarian within the year and vaccines must be up to date before the day of the procedure.

On the day of the procedure:

  • Please arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled check-in appointment

  • The appointment may take up to 20 minutes to discuss and ask your questions to the technician

Discussion points:

  • The quote given to you prior to the procedure

  • The pre-anesthetic blood test (making sure the liver and kidneys are fully functional and screening any abnormality)

  • The technician will look at your pet’s dentition and will recommend the extraction of possible remaining baby teeth (additional fees)

  • The technician will make sure that males have both their testicles descended before a castration (in the case of a retained testicle, the procedure is more complex and additional fees are to be expected – should be mentioned to you during a veterinary exam)

  • The technician will ask you when your female dog had her last heat and make sure that the timing of the procedure is adequate. It must be done 3 months after the end of her heat

  • The technician will check your pet for an umbilical hernia. If present, it should be corrected during the procedure (additional fees – should be mentioned to you during a veterinary exam)

  • The technician will ask you the following question, prepare yourself to answer: ”In the event of cardio-respiratory arrest during or after the procedure, do we have your financial authorization to carry out the resuscitation maneuvers? Yes or no” (additional fees).

* Your animal must be fasted as of 10pm the night prior to the procedure.

What to expect after your pet’s procedure:

At the discharge appointment, you will meet with a technician to answer all your questions concerning the recovery at home. The convalescence period is two weeks. Here are the indications :

  • Complete rest

  • No jumping

  • No running

  • No vigorous exercise

  • Separate pets if they tend to play together

  • Dogs: short walks on a leash only

Monitor the wound everyday for signs of infection. If you notice any of the following symptoms, contact us:

  • Redness

  • Inflammation

  • Yellow secretions (purulent)

  • Heat

  • Pain

Prevent your animal from licking of biting the surgery wound

  • An Elizabethan collar (cone) or post-operative shirt will be necessary if your pet licks the wound. This is crucial, as the mouth contains an important amount of bacteria.


  • There will be post-operative anti-inflammatories to give by mouth for a few days at home.

In case of emergency, you can contact the DMV Veterinary Center at 514-633-8888.

Isabelle L.

Certified animal health technician supervisor

Assistant technician supervisor

Fear free certified

Picture #1 : Blondie / Picture #2 : Jax / Picture #3 : Ferguson

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