Instructions for Surgery Day

Do not give your pet food after 10 p.m. the night before surgery
and do not give water the morning of surgery.
If your pet accidentally eats the morning of surgery, just let a staff member know when you drop your pet off at the clinic.

Only veterinarian approved flea and tick preventives (Advantage, Frontline, Vectra, Revolution, etc) can be applied prior to or right after surgery.
Seresto collars are also safe and appropriate to be worn.
Veterinarian prescribed heartworm prevention (Advantage Multi, Interceptor, Heartgard, Iverhart, Trifexis, etc) is safe to give prior to or after surgery.
Over the counter flea preventives (Heartz, BioSpot, Sergeants) are potentially toxic and should never be used. Over the counter flea collars are also toxic, especially in combination with anesthesia, and will be discarded in the trash if present during an exam, a dental procedure or surgery.
If it’s apparent during an exam, a dental procedure or surgical service that your pet has active fleas, we will administer Capstar (nitenpyram) – which is a tablet (pill) designed to rid a cat or dog of a current flea infestation. You will be charged an additional fee for the administration of Capstar.
The effects of Capstar only last approximately 2 days after it’s administered.
Capstar is safe to use with other veterinary grade flea, tick and internal parasite preventatives.
You will be notified of your pets flea, tick or internal parasite issue(s) and instructed to begin a consistent prevention regimen.

If your pet has been given any prescription or over the counter medications during the month prior to surgery, please let us know to ensure that there will not be any complications with the anesthetic or pain medications.
If your pet is on a long term medication (i.e. phenobarbital, prednisone, insulin, lasix) contact us or your regular veterinarian prior to surgery to determine if your pet should receive the medication the day of the procedure.
Do not withhold your pet’s daily medications without consulting us or your regular veterinarian first.

If your female dog or cat recently gave birth to a litter of puppies or kittens, please ensure that the puppies or kittens have been separated from the mother for at least 2 weeks prior the mother’s surgery.
The presence of milk in the mammary glands increases the risk of infection, wound opening and delayed healing.

When you schedule your pet for a dental or surgical procedure at our clinic, you will be given a time to drop them off the morning of their dental / surgical service.
Please keep in mind that this is the time for your pet to be checked in and not an actual time for their service(s) to be performed.
We schedule several procedures per day, therefore some patients will not have their service(s) performed until later in the day.
We attempt to have every patient served and ready to go home by 4:45PM – however we cannot guarantee an exact pick up time.


Jefferson County Humane Society Clinic
81 Talbott Drive
Wintersville, Ohio 43953