Post Operative Spay & Neuter Care

Please notify Spay Me! or your regular veterinarian if any of the following occurs:

  • Loss of appetite for more than two days

  • Refusal to drink water for more than one day

  • Depression, lethargy, weakness or pain

  • Vomiting after the first 24 hours following surgery

  • Diarrhea for more than 24 hours


  • Feed small amount in the evening after surgery.

  • Feed regular diet in the morning after surgery.


  • Restrict exercise for dogs – no running, jumping 10-14 days.

  • High-energy dogs should be leash walked and kenneled.


  • Watch incision for swelling, redness or drainage. Apply nothing to the incision.

  • Do not allow excessive licking at the incision

  • Suture material is absorbable. It is buried and will dissolve.

  • Keep the incision, and your pet, clean and dry.

  • We give a small green tattoo to each animal after it has been spayed/neutered.  This tattoo is located on the incision site, except for male cats where it is located on the abdomen.  The tattoo is a precaution just in case there is any question your animal is fixed, the tattoo is proof.


  • Your pet has been medicated for pain.

  • Do not give your pet any over the counter pain medicine.  It is neither necessary nor safe for your pet.

  • If you feel that your pet is exceptionally prone to painfulness, you can purchase 3 days of pain medication to take home. 


Feral Cats

  • Must be kept confined at indoor temperatures (60 to 70 degrees F) for 48 hours before being re-released.

  • Be sure that they are eating and drinking before release.

If you suspect your animal is prone to licking, you can purchase an e-collar from Spay Me! clinic.  Please remember that Spay Me! is not responsible for any complications that arise due to your pet licking at their incision site.

To download printer friendly version of the discharge instructions, please click HERE. 

If you feel your animal may be experiencing difficulty after surgery, re-checks are available (and encouraged!)and can be scheduled by calling


Rechecks within 7 days of surgery are at no cost; rechecks beyond 7 days are just $10.  Additional medications, tests, etc will be an additional cost.



If you need help after hours

(all costs are your responsibility)

Veterinary Emergency Services - East


4902 East Broadway,
Madison, WI 53716


Veterinary Emergency Services - West 


1612 N. High Point Road, Suite 100
Middleton, WI 53562




229 Beltline Hwy,
Madison, WI 53713


UW Madison Veterinary

608-263-7600 or 800-386-8684

2015 Linden Dr,
Madison, WI 53706


Fox Valley Animal Referral Center


4706 New Horizons Blvd,
Appleton, WI 54914


Animal ER or Kenosha & Racine


4333 S. Green Bay Rd,
Racine, WI 53403


Animal Emergency Center


2100 W. SIlver Springs Dr,
Glendale, WI 53209

Waukesha Veterinary Referral Center


360 Bluemound Rd,
Waukesha, WI 53188


Green Bay Animal Emergency Clinic


933 Anderson Dr, Suite F
Green Bay, WI 54304

Did you know...?
All surgery patients receive a small green tattoo to show they have already been spayed/neutered?  The purpose of this tattoo is to prevent unnecessary surgeries in the future.

(example of a tattoo on a large female mastiff, six months post surgery)