At Home Pre-Surgical Preparation

Food & water

Withhold food by midnight the night before surgery.

Withhold water by 6:00 a.m. the morning of surgery.

In the case of pets under 6 months of age, water and a small meal (1–2 Tablespoons of food) may be given around 6:00 a.m.


If your animal is currently taking medications, check with the veterinary staff to see if you should administer the medication. If you have been given the go-ahead with the medication, please give a minimal amount of food and water.


Please plan to arrive at Hometown Veterinary Care between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on the scheduled day of surgery. At this time, we will check your pet in and answer any other questions you may have.

Remember to bring your completed paperwork.

Pet Pickup

Pickup of pets, unless otherwise arranged, is between 9 a.m. and noon the next day. There is a $5 late fee for late pickup.

Author: Diane Noll, D.V.M.

Copyright 2010.