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Post-operative concerns

Potential Complications

Spaying and neutering are very safe surgeries; however, complications can occur. Minimal redness and swelling should resolve within several days. If it persists longer, please contact us. Please contact us immediately if you notice any of the following:

• pale gums
• depression
• poor appetite (lasting more than 24 hours after surgery)
• persistent vomiting (lasting more than 24 hours after surgery)
• persistent diarrhea (lasting more than 24 hours after surgery)
• discharge or bleeding from the incision
• difficulty urinating
• labored breathing

 If you have any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call this office during business hours (7:30am – 5:-00pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm Friday) at (313) 451-8200 and a staff member will advise you on the best course of action.  Please leave a message if we do not answer, and we will call you back as quickly as possible. PLEASE DO NOT SEND A FACEBOOK MESSAGE REGARDING POST-SURGICAL CONCERNS.  We do not monitor our Facebook account constantly.

If it is an emergency situation outside of normal business hours, please follow the instructions in “Medical Emergencies” below.  Please note that we do not have a doctor here on Fridays, and we are not here at all over the weekend or on holidays.

 If our veterinarian is available, The PAWS Clinic will treat at minimal cost any post-op complications resulting directly from the surgery if the above post-operative instructions are followed in full. Your regular veterinarian must address diseases, illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of surgery. Please call for an appointment as soon as you see cause for concern. We cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow post-op instructions, for pre-existing conditions, age or health-related issues brought on by the surgery, or for contagious diseases for which the animal was not previously properly vaccinated.

Medical Emergencies

If you have a medical situation or emergency that occurs during clinic office hours (Monday-Thursday, 7:30am-5:00pm, Friday – 9am-5pm), please call 313-451-8200 and our staff will determine the best course of action.  Make sure to leave a message if we do not answer, and we will return your call promptly.  

If you have a true emergency situation that cannot wait until the following business day, please do as follows:

  • For medical emergencies that occur when The PAWS clinic is closed, please contact either Healing Care Animal Hospital or your regular full-service veterinarian on their business line.

Healing Care Animal Hospital
313-791-7252
7430 Allen Road, Allen Park
Monday-Friday, 8am-7pm
Saturday, 9am-5pm

  • If the emergency occurs outside of the regular business hours of The PAWS Clinic, Healing Care Animal Hospital, and your regular veterinarian, please contact your local veterinary emergency clinic. In the Downriver/Detroit area, the emergency clinic is Affiliated Veterinary Emergency Service and can be reached at 313-389-1700. If you live in another area, please check your local yellow pages.  

You are responsible for paying the cost of this visit directly to the emergency clinic or private veterinarian.  Please call The PAWS Clinic at your earliest convenience to inform us that you have seen another veterinarian for surgery related issues. You can also have your vet contact us if you’d prefer. We would like to follow up with you and be able to communicate with the veterinary clinic if necessary about post-operative care and your pet’s well-being.

We cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow the Post-Op instructions we provided to you, or if your pet contracts a contagious disease for which he or she was not vaccinated prior to arriving for surgery.

If your pet is licking his or her incision and it becomes infected, this is not considered surgery-related. To prevent this from happening, please purchase an e-collar from The PAWS Clinic or any pet store.  Make sure to take your pet with you when you purchase the E-collar so it may be properly fitted. The collar should fit snugly at the neck and be long enough to pass the snout in order to prevent licking entirely.

Please note that there are many cases when underlying health issues, which are present in your animal prior to surgery, can emerge after surgery, which are not related to or caused by the surgery.  These are not related to or caused by the surgery. Please see your full-service veterinarian to address these types of issues.

Thank you.

Clinic Hours: M-Th 7:30am – 5pm

Fridays – No Vet in house, support staff available 9am to 5pm

CLOSED on Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays