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Although it is a common procedure recommended for all cats, please remember that cats that are spayed/neutered have just gone through SURGERY and need proper post-surgery care, including a quiet, clean, warm, and dry place to recover.
If your cat has an emergency, contact your veterinarian immediately. If your veterinarian's office is not open, contact an emergency animal facility immediately.
Here are a few of the emergency facilities in our area:
Red Bank Veterinary Hospital
1425 E Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Animal Emergency Service Of South Jersey
(same building as Mount Laurel Animal Hospital)
220 Moorestown-Mount Laurel Road, Mt Laurel, NJ 08054
(856) 727-1332 and (856) 234-0122
Regional Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center
(previously Black Horse Pike Animal Hospital)
4250 Route 42, Turnersville, New Jersey 08012
In an urgent situation, call your veterinarian, CCAS during normal business hours at (856) 401-1300, and/or the Spay Our Strays Clinic emergency number on your Post-Surgery Instructions (if you leave a message you will get a call back).
Please remember, while post-surgical complications are not common, they are possible. Proper monitoring and aftercare are the best way to help ensure your cat has a speedy, healthy recovery. Obtaining post-surgery veterinary care and all associated costs are your responsibility. While CCAS assumes no liability for any surgical complications, CCAS will do its best to assist you with post-surgery care when needed.
Your dog will need to stay indoors for at least a week following surgery, perhaps longer depending upon their exact condition and the specific procedure performed. Flies and or dirt could cause harm to the incision site.
Limit your pet's exercise. Climbing stairs, jumping or running may open up sutures or cause nausea. You should keep your pet calm and quiet at all times during recovery and they should not be allowed to run or jump for at least a week.
When you take your pet out to relieve themselves, they should remain on leash. Monitor bowels movements for diarrhea and or constipation. Usually loose stool is normal after surgery. Monitor urination as well. It's ok if they do not eliminate the first night due to withholding of food. Do not let it persist longer than 2 days. If so contact the shelter for assistance.