Before You Arrive at Simply Spay and Neuter of Orange County
Please download the Client Information Packet, fill it out and bring with you to your surgery appointment. This will greatly decrease time spent on the necessary paperwork at the clinic in the morning and will allow us more time to answer questions and address concerns as we check in your pet for surgery.
Please withhold your pet's food after 10pm the night before surgery to help ensure an empty stomach. Having water available until morning is acceptable, but please restrict access to water as soon as you awaken in the morning. Young puppies and kittens (8-12 weeks) may have a small meal in the morning before 6 am. Do not restrict access to water.
We will be discussing the option to do pre-anesthetic blood testing for your pet at check-in. Our staff will share with you the importance of doing these blood tests as an evaluation of the overall health and function of the internal organs responsible for processing the anesthesia and medications. Although there are always inherent risks associated with surgery and anesthesia, these tests can help detect problems that may alter anesthetic protocols, or even re-evaluate your pet as a candidate for surgery and reduce the risk factors involved. These tests are one way to have a look at the internal health of your pet. Please see the pricing and services page for more detailed information on the different tests available and recommendations for your pet.
We would like to help to identify certain conditions prior to surgery that may need attention during your pet’s procedure, if indicated. For example:
- Retained deciduous teeth – this is when the “baby” teeth remain and the adult teeth are already coming in, usually around 4-7 months. You will see both teeth present adjacent to each other. The canine teeth (fang teeth) are most commonly affected. This condition is more common in toy and small breeds.
- Cryptorchid (in males) – this is when one or both of the testicles is not present in the scrotum. You will find only one or no testicles present in the scrotum when you look (or feel!) for them. Males that are cryptorchid will need an Exam with the doctor prior to surgery, and surgery would be scheduled on a different day. (Surgery will not be part of Simply Spay and Neuter of OC)
- Umbilical (belly button) hernias – this will present as a “lump/bump” at the belly button. The size can vary; small as a pea or as large as a golf ball(or even bigger!). Some, if small enough, can be insignificant and require no treatment and others will be large enough to recommend surgical repair. Doing so at the time of the spay/neuter procedure is very common, since your pet is already undergoing anesthesia.
This list is not complete, but identifies a few of the conditions more commonly found on physical exam. We may be able to help remedy the above, as well as other situations that may be present, so please mention to the staff in the morning if you have questions regarding your pet’s conditions. There will never be procedures performed or added fees without your knowledge and authorization.