Low-Cost Pre-Surgical Protocol
Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your pet during their spay/neuter procedure. Clients that have scheduled an appointment online should receive an email 3 days before the surgery, and another one 24 hours before the surgery. This email will go over pre-surgical protocols and questions. Some of the main details are listed below:
York County SPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic
3159 Susquehanna Trail North
York, PA 17406
The Spay/Neuter Clinic is located to the left of the York County SPCA building. There are two parking lots located on the left side of the building for client parking.
Pre-surgical Feeding Instructions:
We ask that you please do not feed your pet after midnight the night before and the morning of the procedure. Free access to water is ok.
Drop-Off and Pick-up
Drop-Off: For the safety of all individuals, no clients will be admitted into the building. When you arrive at the SPCA, the spay/neuter clinic is located on the left side of the building. There is parking along the side of the shelter. Please park in a parking space and remain in your vehicle, a staff member will come to you to start the check-in process. At drop-off a veterinary technician will review medical history and confirm the veterinary services you have elected for your pet. If you were unable to sign the surgical consent form, you will be provided with one. At the end of check-in, you will be handed a copy of our surgical discharge instructions. Please review these carefully so that you may ask any questions at the time of discharge. We will put a slip lead on the dog, and you will take your collar and leash with you.
- Drop-off for Dogs is between 7:00am - 7:30am
- Drop-off for Cats is between 7:30am – 8:00am
Pick-Up: Please park along the side of the building in front of the spay/neuter clinic and we ask that you stay in your car. We are asking that you write your pet’s name and your last name large and legibly on a piece of a paper so the technician will know who you are there to pick up. They will answer any further questions and go over pain medication with you. Please bring your pet’s collar/harness/leash along so that your pet can be safely brought out to the car by a veterinary technician.
- Pick-up for Dogs and Cats is between 3:15-4:00pm that afternoon.
In order to expedite the intake process, please print and complete the following forms and bring them with you. Both the Medical History Form and Bloodwork Recommendation Forms are required. These forms cannot be filled out online, you will need to print them and bring them along for check-in.
Rabies Verification: If your pet is current on his/her rabies vaccination, please bring a copy of their rabies certificate along for a clinic staff member to verify. Due to PA state law, if you are unable to show proof of current rabies vaccination, your pet will have to be vaccinated the day of surgery. You can also have your veterinarian email a copy of the certificate to us the morning of drop-off. Email email@example.com
Dogs in Heat
If your dog is currently in heat or her heat cycle has ended within the past 6 weeks, it is strongly recommended to delay her surgery until the uterus and ovaries have returned to their normal state. Being in estrus (in heat) can put your pet at an increased risk for intraoperative and postoperative bleeding. Being in heat will also increase your pet’s time under anesthesia and increase the size of her surgical incision.
If you need to reschedule your appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can reschedule your pet to a later date. If you wish to proceed with the surgery despite your pet being in heat or recently being in heat, there will be an additional waiver to sign at check-in stating that you are aware of the increased anesthetic risks involved.
Should you have any questions prior to your pet’s appointment, please call 717-764-6109 ext. 302 or email email@example.com. We thank you for your understanding and patience during this unprecedented time as we help all clients as efficiently as possible.