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To schedule your pet's spay or neuter surgery, call the Kentucky Humane Society's S.N.I.P. Clinic at 502-636-3491.


What must I do for my pet before surgery?

  • Kentucky law requires that all pets be vaccinated for rabies. Please bring proof of vaccination with you the day of surgery. Proof is either a rabies certificate or a vet record. A rabies tag alone is not proof. If you do not have either a rabies certificate or vet record, your pet will be vaccinated for an additional charge of $10.00.
  • Do not give your pet ANYTHING to eat after 9 p.m. the night prior to surgery. This includes bones, rawhides, treats, etc. You should continue to give your pet water.
  • If your dog is a puppy, make sure it has a late meal around 9 p.m.
  • If within the last 30 days your pet has been injured or had any symptoms of illness, including vomiting, diarrhea or skin issues, or has been on any medications, you must let the staff know when you make the appointment or at check-in. Any pet that has had a seizure of any kind or duration will not be approved for surgery under any circumstances. For the safety of your pet, approval for surgery is at the sole discretion of the veterinarian.
  • On the day of surgery, arrive at the clinic at 8 a.m.
  • You will need to complete a short admission form for each pet having surgery. For everyone’s safety, please leave pets in the car until the check-in process is complete and the staff tells you to bring your pet in.
  • Pick-up is at 5 p.m. the day of surgery.

What should I expect after I get my pet home?

Please note these important advisories!

Your pet just had major surgery, which required general anesthesia. Female dogs and cats have a mid-line incision in their abdomen. Male dogs have an incision just above the scrotum and male cats have two incisions, one in each side of the scrotum. Check the incision site daily. There should be no drainage. Redness and swelling should be minimal. Male cats may appear as if they still have testicles. This is normal. The swelling will gradually decrease during the next few days.

DO NOT ALLOW YOUR PET TO LICK OR CHEW AT THE INCISION. If this occurs, you must purchase an E-collar to prevent the pet from reaching the incision.

If your female dog or cat was in heat at the time of surgery, you must keep them away from unaltered males for at least two weeks. While they are unable to become pregnant, they will still attract males for a short period of time. If a male attempts to breed with the female, it can cause serious, possibly life-threatening, damage to the just-spayed animal.

Unless you are told otherwise, your pet does not have external sutures. All sutures are absorbable on the inside, and the very outer layer of skin is held together with surgical glue. Do not clean or apply any topical ointment to the incision site. If you are told your pet has skin staples, you will need to return in 7-10 days to have those removed. Male cats do not have any sutures.

Some pets are active after surgery while others are quiet. It is very important that you limit your pet’s activity for at least 7-10 days. No running, jumping, playing, swimming or other strenuous activity during this time. Pets must stay clean and dry. Do not bathe your pet during the recovery period or allow the incision to get wet. Dogs must be walked on a leash, and cats must be kept inside.
You can expect your pet’s appetite to return gradually within 24 hours of surgery. Lack of appetite or lethargy lasting for more than 24 hours after surgery, diarrhea and vomiting are not normal, and you should contact us immediately. Do not change your pet’s diet at this time and do not give junk food, table scraps, milk or any other people food for a period of one week. This could mask post-surgical complications. DO NOT give your pet aspirin, Tylenol, Advil or any other human pain medication!

Please contact us immediately if you notice any of the following:

  • Pale or white gums
  • Depression
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Discharge or bleeding from the incision
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Labored breathing
  • Redness and swelling should resolve within several days. If they persist longer, please contact us.

Questions or concerns?

If you have a question or concern or would like to have your pet re-checked by one of our veterinarians, please call 502-636-3491 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

If the phone is not answered, leave a message. We will return your call before 6 p.m. If calling after 5 p.m., your call will be returned the next business day.

After Hours or Emergencies

If there is an emergency after hours or on weekends, contact your regular veterinarian or Metropolitan Veterinary Specialist & Emergency, (502) 266-7007; Blue Pearl Veterinary Specialist & Emergency, (502) 244-3036; or Jefferson Animal Hospital, (502) 966-4104.

Owner Agreement for Pet Admission to the S.N.I.P. Clinic

All pet owners and pet guardians must sign this Owner Agreement when checking in their pets:

The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) uses qualified staffing and approved materials for all procedures performed. It is important for you to understand that the risk of injury or death, although extremely low, is always present just as it is for humans who undergo surgery. Carefully read the following before arriving at the S.N.I.P. Clinic with your animal.

I, acting as owner or agent of my pet hereby request and authorize KHS, through whomever veterinarians they may designate, to perform an operation for sexual sterilization of the animals named above portion of this form.

  • I understand that the operation presents some hazards and that injury to or death of such an animal may conceivably result, for there is some risk in the procedure and the use of anesthetics and drugs in providing this service.
  • I either certify that my animal has been vaccinated within one year prior to this date or waive my right to protect my animal by having it vaccinated, or request recommended vaccinations at the time of surgery. I understand that it takes up to two weeks for vaccinations to protect my animal.
  • I understand the inherent risks of failing to maintain current vaccinations and waive all claims arising out of or connected with the performance of this operation due to such failure.
  • I certify that my animal is in good heath and has had no food since 9:00 PM the evening prior to surgery.
  • I understand that KHS has the right to refuse service to any animal to whom surgery is deemed a health risk.
  • I understand that if my animal receives any vaccinations, an adverse reaction is possible, and I waive all associated medical and financial claims.
  • I understand that KHS may not perform a complete physical examination before surgery is performed. I also understand that my animal will not receive pre-operative blood work and waive my right to have this service performed prior to surgery at a full service veterinarian.
  • I understand that some factors significantly increase surgical risk, including but not limited to, pregnancy, heat and diseases such and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, Feline Leukemia and heartworms.
  • I understand that if my animal is pregnant, the pregnancy will be terminated at surgery.
  • I understand that if my animal is cryptorchid, the undescended testicle will be removed at an additional charge.

Owners of pets left after the agreed time shall be charged a boarding fee of no less than $10 per day. I understand that if I don't retrieve my pet at the agreed upon time that KHS will exercise its right to take ownership of the animal.

I hereby release KHS, all veterinarians, assistants, volunteers, directors and employees from any and all claims arising out of or connected with the performance of this procedure or any adverse reactions from vaccinations. I agree that I have not and will not claim any right of compensation from them, or any of them, or file action by reason of such sterilization or attempted sterilization of such animal or any consequences related thereto. I agree to indemnify and hold KHS harmless for any damages caused during the transportation of the animal, or for any damages caused by any unforeseeable events including fire, vandalism, burglary, extreme weather, natural disasters or acts of God.