In preparation for surgery, adult dogs should be fasted (NO food or treats – water is ok to prevent dehydration) starting midnight the night before surgery. Puppies under 5 months of age should not be fasted; they can have a small meal the morning of surgery.
In preparation for surgery, adult cats should be fasted (NO food or treats – water is ok to prevent dehydration) starting midnight the night before surgery. Kittens under 5 months of age should not be fasted; they can have a small meal the morning of surgery.
Cats must arrive in secure pet carriers or humane traps. Separate carriers for each cat are required. Feral cats that are not tame must come in traps, and traps should be covered with a sheet. Please, no laundry baskets, cardboard boxes, huge dog crates, pillow cases, and absolutely no cats that are not contained. There should be newspaper on the bottom of any cat carrier or trap to keep it padded and absorb any urine.
It is important for rabbits to eat before surgery. Rabbits need not and should not be fasted. Healthy food items that they normally eat and like to eat should accompany your rabbit carrier.
It is also important for rabbits to eat immediately after surgery. Please pack an afternoon snack for your rabbit. This should include appetizing, nutritious vegetables such as cilantro, parsley, carrot tops, or other leafy greens. You may also bring along a small handful of your bunny’s favorite hay. Keep the hay in a bag so the hay doesn’t escape all over.
Transporting your rabbit:
We will keep your bunny safe and secure while at our clinic. We want to make sure your bunny is safe and secure during the trip here. To assure this you must transport your rabbit(s) in an appropriate transport carrier. This will be your bunny’s home while at the clinic. The wrong carrier can lead to disaster on the way to the clinic if your rabbit escapes in the car.
The carrier ideally should have both a front opening AND a top opening. The carrier must be the right size, not too big nor too small. It should be big enough so we can lay your bunny down in it after surgery without being all scrunched up.
There should be a towel or newspaper on the bottom of the carrier to keep it padded and absorb any urine. Do not use shavings or hay on the bottom of the carrier.