Spay/neuter surgeries are performed Monday through Friday. Dogs and cats need to be dropped off at 7:30 am on the day of their appointment. Walk-in appointments for free-roaming (feral/stray) cats are available on Monday through Thursday if space is available in our spay/neuter schedule that day. Walk-ins should be dropped off at 8:30 am. Click here for our free-roaming cat guidelines.
Dogs go home the same day as their spay/neuter appointment and should be picked up at 3:00 pm.*
(* If you are picking up a dog and an owned cat, you can wait and come at 5:00 pm for both pets.)
Owned cats go home the same day as their spay/neuter appointment and should be picked up at 5:00 pm.
Free-roaming cats stay overnight and need to be picked-up at 9:00 am the morning after their spay or neuter surgery. A free-roaming cat is a stray, feral/wild or barn cat and received a left ear tip (a nationwide practice used to show that the cat has been fixed).
We have a cash only policy. Payment is due when your pet is dropped off for his spay/neuter surgery.
If your pet is OVER four months old, do NOT allow him to eat any food after midnight the night before his spay/neuter surgery. You can give him water.
If your pet is LESS than four months old, he can have food up until 6:00 am on the day of his spay/neuter surgery. Please note the exact time he ate the food so you can give our clinic staff this information when you check in. You may also give him water.
Owned cats and friendly strays may arrive in a secure carrier - not a box - and only one cat per carrier. (A "friendly stray" is a cat who is able to be handled by you AND strangers.) For everyone's safety, however, semi-friendly and feral/wild cats must be in a humane trap and only one cat per trap. (A "semi-friendly" cat is one who is able to be handled by you but NOT by strangers). We rent easy-to-use humane traps for $60 each; the cost is fully refundable upon return of our trap.
Dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier.
When you arrive, please bring your cat into the clinic with you, but leave your dog in the car until the check-in process in complete.
After you come into the clinic you will need to read over the agreement, sign/date the paperwork and pay with cash.
Post-Operative Instructions for Free-Roaming Cats: click here .
Post-Operative Instructions for Owned Pets
Keep your pet separated from other pets for 7-10 days. No playing, running or rough housing during this time period. Keep your pet in a clean, dry place, preferably indoors.
Put your dog on a leash to go outside to potty for the next 7-10 days.
No baths or swimming for two weeks; the incision must stay dry.
Feed your pet his regular cat/dog food for 7-10 days. Do NOT feed table scraps or change your pet's diet during this time period.
It's VERY important that you check your pet's incision when you get home and twice a day for 7-10 days. Redness and swelling should be minimal and get better each day. For female animals, make sure there is no drainage or bleeding from the incision. This is NOT normal and if you see this, you should call us right away. Male animals are neutered through an incision in the scrotum which is closed with tissue glue. Some mild bleeding or oozing (less than a tablespoon) from the incision is normal and should be expected for 2-3 days. If bleeding or discharge in male animals seems excessive or lasts for more than three days, please call us right away.
If you see your pet licking the incision, it is VITAL that you purchase an e-collar (a cone for around the head) and put it on your pet immediately. If this instruction is not followed, the incision can be licked open and will become infected. This is considered self trauma and Humane Ohio will NOT cover your cost if it leads to a trip to your regular vet or to an emergency vet. E-collars can be purchased at Humane Ohio or at any pet supply store, but be sure to take your pet with you for proper fitting.
If your pet has diarrhea, is vomiting or is lethargic, you should call us right away.
Every animal has a tattoo - this is a bright green mark on their abdomen.
Stitches are dissolvable; they do not need to be removed.
If you have a question(s) that will not affect the health of your pet, please call our clinic at 419-266-5607 during our clinic hours (7:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday). Our emergency phone number is on the pink post-operation sheet that you received. Emergency phone hours for Humane Ohio are Monday - Sunday, 7:00 am - 9:00 pm. Please leave a message if there is no answer; a qualified member of our medical staff will return the call during emergency phone hours. Please use this number for true emergencies only.
If your pet requires emergency care that does not fall within Humane Ohio's emergency phone hours (Monday - Sunday, 7:00 am - 9:00 pm), please call or visit your regular veterinarian or local emergency vet clinic. Emergency clinics listed below.
Each client is responsible for paying the cost of this visit directly to their vet or the emergency clinic. Humane Ohio's veterinarian will review the report and discuss it with the emergency veterinarian to determine if it's a spay/neuter surgery related issue, but Humane Ohio's vet makes the final decision on what will be covered. If Humane Ohio determines that it's a spay/neuter surgery related issue, we will reimburse our client the cost of the visit.