Pre-Surgery Instructions


Brother Wolf Mobile Veterinary Clinic strongly encourages owners to have their pets up-to-date on vaccines when they arrive for surgery. Keeping your pets current on vaccines helps to protect them against illness. We do offer low cost vaccines for surgical patients the day of surgery; however, we urge our patients to establish a vaccine schedule with a full service veterinarian to keep their pets up-to-date. Most adult cats need a yearly FVRCP vaccine, and adult dogs should get a yearly distemper vaccine as well as a bordetella vaccine to protect against kennel cough.

Pre-Surgery Meals

Puppies and kittens can have a small meal (about a third of their ordinary breakfast) the morning of surgery. All dogs and cats six months old and older should not be give food or water after 10PM the night before surgery.

What to Bring

Cats should arrive for surgery in a secure, hard-sided carrier. Dogs should be brought in with either a secure leash and harness or collar, or a hard-sided carrier for small dogs. Please bring a towel that you can leave with your pet. Please bring proof of current rabies vaccine that includes a date and your pet’s name. Animals four months old and older will be required to receive a rabies vaccine at a $10 charge if not currently vaccinated.


Animals must be on site for check-in between 8-8:30am the morning of surgery. You will be asked to fill out an intake form and sign a waiver, and then we will be able to take your pet on board! Cats will remain in their carriers and should not be taken out of their carriers until they are on the clinic. Dogs should remain in your vehicle until all paperwork is completed. All dogs should either be in a kennel or have a secure collar or harness that they can not slip out of, as well as a leash. Please review the “What to Bring” section above for more information on items to carry with you the day of surgery.

During Surgery

All of the animals on board our clinic are safely anesthetized before surgery – this means that they are asleep and cannot move or feel when the veterinarian is operating. Patients are connected to oxygen when they are placed on anesthesia. Patients are cared for by attentive veterinary assistants when they are being prepped for surgery, as well as when they are recovering from surgery. Only once an animal is awake and moving are they placed back into a crate or carrier for pick-up. Our patients receive a dose of pain medication during surgery to help ease any pain or discomfort once they are awake.


Pick-up times for animals will be announced at check-in and will also be relayed to clients at the time that the appointment is made. Our pick-up times vary based on our location and the number of surgeries we have scheduled for the day, so please allow some flexibility in picking up your pet. Owners and caretakers should remember to bring a secure carrier or a leash and collar to safely pick up their pets. Owners will be given both verbal and written instructions for post-op care at the time of pick-up. At this time, owners will also receive proof of sterilization, proof of any vaccines administered, and a rabies tag and certificate if applicable.

Recovery for Fluffy

You will receive full post-operative instructions at the time of pick-up. If our vet noticed anything that she feels you should discuss with your full service veterinarian, she will make note of those concerns and your animals post-op sheet so that you can take it with you the next time that you go to the vet.

You can expect Fluffy to be a little drowsy the first night after surgery, but this is nothing to worry about. She will be back to her energetic self before you know it. You should plan to keep Fluffy dry for at least two weeks after surgery, and she should not be allowed outside except for bathroom breaks during that period. Please note that anesthetic drugs can cause nausea and vomiting in some cases; keep Fluffy on her current diet for a few days after surgery to help her recover. Treats and other “special” food items can be reincorporated into her diet once she is feeling normal.

Minor post-surgery concerns can be relayed to our Program Manager by calling 828-490-1578 or by emailing For emergencies or major health concerns, we refer our clients to REACH Veterinary Specialists, who can be contacted at (828) 665-4399.


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