•If the animal normally stays outdoors overnight, he/she must stay indoors the evening before surgery.
•Animals over four months old MUST have food withdrawn at midnight the night before surgery. This ensures that the animal's stomach is empty by the time he's put under general anesthesia. This lessens the chances that the animal will vomit and aspirate the vomit into his lungs. If your adult pet has eaten on the morning of surgery, we will refuse surgery.
•Pediatric animals (4 months or younger) should have food available until 6 a.m. on the morning of surgery. This helps to avoid decreased blood sugar level.
•Water should not be withdrawn prior to surgery.
If you have questions regarding these instructions, please contact our Spay/Neuter staff during regular business hours: 410-889-SPAY.
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