Loma Linda Animal Hospital
Affordable Veterinary Care
Pre-Surgery Instructions
Thank you for choosing the Loma Linda Animal Hospital.  Appointments are required for all surgeries. The Clinic is open Monday-Friday.

Animals must be in good health. If your pet is showing any signs of illness we may decline to do surgery at that time, ask you to see the veterinarian and reschedule your appointment. If you have any questions about your pet's health ahead of time, please call us.

What you will need
  • Your pet's health records
  • Information showing that your pet's microchip number is associated with your name
  • Payment (after surgery)
You will be asked to provide information regarding your pet's health and vaccination history on the Surgery Consent Form when you check in. Please bring your pet's health records with you. If your pet is microchipped we will need documentation that your name is associated with that microchip number. Without the documentation we cannot proceed with the surgery.









Adult pets and puppies/kittens over 4 months of age should have no food or treats after 10 p.m. the night before surgery. No food or water the day of surgery.

Check-in 6 a.m. and must be here by 8 a.m. or risk losing their surgery slot. 

Please walk your dog before travelling to the Clinic to so that they have time to pee and poop before arriving here. 

Large and medium dogs must be on a leash when they enter the Clinic. Small dogs and cats should be on a leash or in a carrier.

If your dog shows signs of aggression or is very fearful, you may be asked to stay in the Clinic with him until we can administer pre-anesthesia medication, it takes effect, and he can be safely handled. 

We anticipate that your pet will go home between 4-5 p.m. the afternoon of surgery. Please call us to check on recovery status before arriving at the Clinic to pick up your pet.





Post Surgery Females

Your pet has just been spayed. Before surgery she received a general anesthetic to induce sleep and a long-lasting analgesic to prevent any pain. An incision was made through the skin and abdominal wall (into the abdominal cavity) and the three points where the ovaries and uterus attach were tied off and cut. Both ovaries, the fallopian tubes and the uterus were removed. Because of the seriousness of the operation your dog requires and deserves proper care and observation for the next several days.

  • When you bring your dog home, she will be feeling the effects of the anesthetic. Keep her away from all other animals and children at first. She may feel a little wobbly and not be in complete possession of her senses. It is important this first day that you confine her indoors and disturb her as little as possible. This is equivalent to the strict bed rest you would get in the hospital if you had received abdominal surgery. She should return to her normal self in a few days.
  • Your dog has been given one of the most effective combinations of analgesics for this type of surgery. She should remain comfortable throughout her recovery. You are the best judge of how well your pet is coping with her discomfort following surgery. Dogs are individuals and there are some dogs that are more sensitive to pain. Please let us know if you would like to purchase additional pain medication.
  • Do not feed your dog until the effects of anesthesia have passed and she has fully regained her coordination. How quickly this happens depends on each individual dog. Many are able to eat the first night after surgery. Some dogs feel nauseous the first few days, so don't be alarmed if she does not want to eat immediately. When she is ready to eat, make her first meal a small one. Give her a small proportion initially and space out the rest of the meal over the remainder of the day. If your dog is not back to her normal eating habits by the second day after surgery, please let us know about it. Fresh, clean water should always be available.
  • Keep her as inactive as possible for one week. Too much activity too soon will disrupt the healing process and can lead to swelling and/or the formation of a fluid pocket under the incision. If a fluid pocket does form it should go away on its own in a few weeks. Short on-leash walks are okay. Running or off-leash yard play should not be allowed.
  • Observe the incision daily. A small amount of redness and swelling is normal. Drainage, discharge or excessively large swelling is not normal and should be reported to the Clinic.
  • She may have a slight cough for a few days. We put a breathing tube in her trachea to give her oxygen and gas anesthesia. Sometimes this tube causes normal irritation.
  • Do not let your dog lick her incision. She could open up the incision or cause an infection by doing so. If your dog insists on licking her incision, it may be necessary to place a collar (often called an "Elizabethan" collar) on her to prevent her from doing so. These collars are available from the Clinic. .
  • Avoid getting the incision wet for at least a week. This means no baths, swimming or wading in belly-deep water.
  • If your pet was in heat at the time of surgery, she should be kept away from males for the next 8-10 days. She will retain the odor which attracts males and may still be receptive to them. If a male mounts her, there is a risk that this may rupture her internal sutures and cause them to begin to bleed. If she was in heat or near the beginning of her estrus cycle at the time of surgery, you may see some small amount of blood-tinged vaginal discharge for a few days after surgery.
  • If your pet was pregnant at the time of surgery, it may take her longer to recuperate. She will probably be slightly anemic and a little run down. To help her recover as quickly as possible, allow her access to plenty of fresh, clean drinking water and a high quality dog food for the next few weeks.
  • Check your surgery record to see if you need to return for suture removal. Most of the time we put in "buried sutures," which require no removal.
  • Keep your pet's surgery report as verification that she has been spayed. It also indicates whether your pet was vaccinated, along with information regarding the microchip, if one was implanted. If a rabies vaccination was given, the report contains your Certificate of Rabies Vaccination. This document is required for travel with your dog across state and national borders. Check the Rabies Certificate to see when the next rabies vaccination is due. Check to see when additional boosters of other vaccines are recommended.
  • If a problem should develop, contact us immediately. If the Clinic is closed, contact emergency veterinary clinic at 909 825-3144

We anticipate that your dog will have a normal, uneventful recovery. If you have any questions regarding her progress, please call us at 909 825-3144





Post Surgery Males

Your pet has just been neutered. Before surgery he received a general anesthetic to induce sleep and a long-lasting analgesic to prevent any pain. An incision was made just in front of the scrotum and the testicles were removed. While this is a relatively simple surgical procedure, your dog requires and deserves proper care and observation for the next several days. 

  • If you bring your pet home on the day of surgery, he will be feeling the effects of the anesthetic. Keep him away from all other animals and children when you first bring him home. He may feel a little wobbly and not be in complete possession of his senses. It is important this first day that you confine him indoors and disturb him as little as possible. This is equivalent to the strict bed rest you would get in the hospital if you had surgery. He should return to his normal self in a few days.
  • Your pet has been given one of the most effective combinations of analgesics for this type of surgery. He should remain comfortable throughout his recovery. You are the best judge of how well your pet is coping with his discomfort following surgery. Pets are individuals and some pets are more sensitive to pain. Please let us know if you would like to purchase additional pain medication.
  • Do not feed your pet until the effects of anesthesia have passed and he has fully regained his coordination. How quickly this happens depends on each individual pet . Many are able to eat the first night after surgery. Some pets feel nauseous the first few days, so don't be alarmed if he does not want to eat immediately. When he is ready to eat, make his first meal a small one. Give him a small portion initially and space out the rest of the meal over the remainder of the day. If your pet  is not back to his normal eating habits by the second day after surgery, please let us know about it. Fresh, clean water should always be available.
  • Keep him as inactive as possible for one week. Too much activity too soon will disrupt the healing process. Short on-leash walks are okay. Running or off-leash yard play should not be allowed.
  • He may have a slight cough for a few days. We put a breathing tube in his trachea to give him oxygen and gas anesthesia. Sometimes this tube causes a little irritation resulting in a cough.
  • Observe the incision daily. A small amount of redness and swelling is normal. Drainage, discharge or excessively large swelling is not normal and should be reported to the Clinic.
  • Do not let your pet lick his incision. Licking can irritate the skin, delay healing and lead to a secondary infection. Consider offering a chew toy as a distraction. If your pet insists on licking his incision, it may be necessary to place a collar (often called an "Elizabethan" collar) on him to prevent him from doing so. These collars are available from the Clinic,.
  • Avoid getting the incision wet for a week. This means no baths, swimming or wading in belly-deep water.
  • Check your surgery record to see if you need to return for suture removal. Most of the time we put in "buried sutures," which require no removal.
  • Keep your pet's surgery report as verification that he has been neutered. It also indicates whether your pet was vaccinated, along with information regarding the microchip, if one was implanted. If a rabies vaccination was given, the report contains your Certificate of Rabies Vaccination. This document is required for travel with your pet across state and national borders. Check the Rabies Certificate to see when the next rabies vaccination is due. Check to see when additional boosters of other vaccines are recommended.
  • If a problem should develop, contact us immediately. If the Clinic is closed, contact emergency veterinary clinic at 909 825-3144
We anticipate that your pet will have a normal, uneventful recovery. If you have any questions regarding his progress, please call us at 909 825-3144