Are you bringing your pet in for surgery? Please take a look at the information below to ensure you are fully prepared.
Vaccinations Our vets recommend that pets are vaccinated from communicable diseases (distemper, parvo, and upper respiratory diseases) at least two weeks prior to surgery. In addition, North Carolina state law requires current rabies vaccination for your pet. Please bring proof in the form of a vaccine certificate. We do not accept rabies tags as proof of Rabies vaccine, proof includes one of the following: a signed Rabies Certificate, your full-service vet's medical history on their letterhead, or a receipt for vaccines with the name of the vet, name of the pet, and date of service. We are otherwise required to administer one at the time of surgery for a charge of $10. This Rabies Certificate must be present at the time of check-in and cannot guarantee that there will be time to wait for you to obtain this document once your animal has checked in.
Withdraw food at midnight the night before surgery, water is okay. All animals must have food withdrawn the night before surgery at midnight. Water is okay.
Keep your pet indoors Pets must be kept indoors or confined the night before surgery. This ensures that they are not eating outside, which could potentially be dangerous during surgery.
Check-In Time is 8 a.m. for dogs, 8:30 a.m. for dog vouchers, 9 a.m. for cats. The admission process usually takes 30 - 45 minutes to complete.
Leave your pet in the car Please leave your animal in your car until you have completed check-in. Once we have your paperwork, and have spoken to you about your animal’s health, you will be asked to bring them in. All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a carrier by themselves. If you do not have a carrier for your cat, you can purchase a cardboard carrier for $10.
Pets cared for overnight On Mondays through Thursdays, all animals are cared for overnight and released the following day at 7:30 a.m. On Fridays, we do not perform surgery. Please note that we do not board pets.
Method of Payment We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Fees must be paid in the morning at drop-off. We do not accept checks or Care Credit.
About the Surgery In female animals, the uterus and ovaries are removed through a small incision in the abdominal wall, which makes them unable to get pregnant. In male dogs and cats, the scrotum is not removed, only the testicles. This prevents the production of sperm, meaning they will no longer be able to father puppies or kittens. Our patients are completely asleep during surgery and are unable to feel or move.
Tattoo = Spay/Neuter Your pet will receive a small, green tattoo near the incision site. This tattoo is not another incision—it’s just a small score in the top layers of the skin filled with tattoo ink and covered with surgical glue. The tattoo will ensure that anyone examining your animal will know they have been sterilized.
Animals 8 Years or Older Require pre-anesthetic blood work and a physical exam at Humane Piedmont of the Piedmont Clinic and must be approved by HSP surgeon as okay for surgery prior to scheduled surgery.