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Print & Pass On: Post-Op Instructions for Pet Owners

Do you offer spay/neuter services? Grab this sample of an informational sheet for pet owners on post-surgical and vaccination care.

We have these instructions available in Spanish, too—download them here.


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I am dismayed by this sentence in the sample instructions: "There is some minor discomfort after the surgery but no pain." I understand the point that the instructions are trying to make (don't give any pain meds without veterinary approval), but to say that there is no pain felt after surgery is crazy. I am certain that cats and dogs experience pain during and after spay/neuter surgery, and therefore pain management is incredibly important. Even if finances or logistics make it impossible to offer pain meds for days post-op, it's important to address the fact that these are painful surgeries.


Hi Anna,

Thanks so much for your note. Turns out this is an old copy and we have updated instructions. We're in the process of updating the page.

From Dr. Carolyn Brown: "We provide pain medication by injection pre-operatively for spay/neuter surgeries and give the patients a long acting (24 hour) injection of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug before discharge. This also acts to alleviate pain. When appropriate, patients are also sent home with oral pain medication."

ASPCApro Blog Team

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