With Pets In Stitches
Prior To Your Visit
To save time during admission, we recommend you download the appropriate forms, complete them at your convenience, and bring them with you the day of the surgery.
We also have printed forms available in our office. You may pick them up in advance or the day of the surgery. If the latter, please plan for an extra 15 minutes to allow yourself adequate time to complete the forms in our office.
Day of Appointment
"Of course, I’m up bright and early. I think we’re going somewhere today. My human filled my water bowl but my food bowl is empty. Huh?"
Please arrive between 7:30 to 8:30 am for a convenient check-in for your pets. We start early in the morning, so your pet is not without food longer than necessary.
We offer all our pre-surgery forms online so you only need to bring your vaccine certificates with you. Forms can be filled out online and submitted OR printed out, completed and brought with you. The adult owner listed on the pre-surgery form must be present at admissions unless prior arrangements have been made with Pets In Stitches.
Consider taking your dog for walk before you arrive since they will be in a kennel all day. Giving your pet some extra loving this morning will help calm their nerves.
Free-roaming cats may be brought in before noon, without an appointment and without vaccination papers.
“Uh oh! They left me in the car. I hope my human doesn’t take long.”
When you arrive at the clinic, please leave your pet in the car until you have completed all paperwork. We make the check-in process very quick, especially if you have completed the forms beforehand. At this time, we will collect payment. This allows you to concentrate on the post-surgery instructions at pick-up. For your convenience, we accept cash, credit, and debit cards. We do not accept personal checks.
“Go time! My human is back and we are headed inside. I wonder what this is all about?”
Dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier for their safety.
Cats must be in a carrier also for their safety. Cats may be together in one carrier for admissions. However, cats must have their own carrier when they go home. Cardboard carriers can be purchased from Pets In Stitches for a minimal cost.
A staff member will weigh your pet and check their vitals. The veterinarian will perform a brief physical exam to assess their fitness for surgery. At this time, you may leave. Don’t worry. Your pet is in good hands.
“I know my human wants the best for me and the people here are really nice. This won’t be so bad.”
We do want the best for your pets, just as you do. We make sure there are no signs of illness and no concerns before we proceed with the spaying or neutering surgery. If your pet shows signs of illness or if there are any concerns, surgery may be postponed and you will be contacted to pick up your pet. This would only be considered if it’s in the best interest of your pet.
At The Clinic
"What’s that smell? Oh, now I’m getting really sleepy…"
Many steps are taken to keep your pet pain-free, both during and after surgery. We use isoflurane anesthesia and hospital-grade monitors to evaluate tissue oxygenation, heart rate and respiratory rate. Isoflurane is one of the safest gas anesthesia used for pets. Male dogs and cats also receive regional nerve blocks at the surgical site for long-term pain control.
Our highly skilled and compassionate professional staff monitors your pet throughout the procedure. The spaying or neutering surgery is performed by an efficient and experienced surgeon. We have taken every precaution to assure a rapid recovery for your pet.
Pets In Stitches also focuses on minimizing the risk of infection. Each pet has its own sterilized surgical pack for surgery and our facility and equipment are cleaned thoroughly on a regular basis. Our surgical suite looks and acts very similar to a human hospital.
As your pet regains consciousness, they’ll find themselves waking up on “The Beach.” Our popular padded area is warmed, keeping our patients comfortable after surgery. Often they will fade in and out of sleep in this cozy area – some staying for quite awhile! We monitor their pain levels and move them as needed.
"I hope my human comes soon. As nice as the people are here, I’m tired and ready to go home. Yawn! Seeing my human always makes me feel better."
Pets are released between 4:00 and 4:45 p.m. on the same day of surgery. Please plan to arrive on time with your carrier or leash so we can release your pet to you. They are just as anxious as you are to go home!
“My human is here! I can’t wait to get home and curl up in my space. I wonder if I’ll get a treat?”
When you pick up your pet, you will receive postoperative care instructions and any needed medications. We will inform you of any conditions or medical issues the veterinarian may have found during examination. These concerns may need to be shared with your regular full-service veterinary clinic. For more information on Postoperative Care for your pet checkout the links below:
If your pet was vaccinated for the first time, you may have to complete the vaccination series in 3-4 weeks during our wellness clinics on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. or with your regular veterinarian (other than the rabies vaccine). This will keep your pet in optimal health.
Your pet will be tired and tender for the next few days. Allow them to rest, making sure they are not disrupting their incision by licking or scratching. Confinement in a cage or a small room is best with short leash walks for elimination. Make sure you are adequately addressing their pain with the provided medication. Go-home sedation is available for dogs if your dog wants to run and play more than they should for the first seven days after surgery.
But if you have any concerns or the surgery area appears red and inflamed, please call us immediately at 937-630-3320.
Come. Stay. Heal.
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Listen to Your Pets
"Our family had a great experience at Pets in Stitches! Our rabbits, Dinky and Winky, were so well-taken care of and I could tell the staff really cared about their well-being. The staff was so attentive to their needs, calling several times to check on them and exhibited a great deal of patience with answering our questions."
"I chose Pets In Stitches for Cleo’s spay because, strangely, I was really drawn to your website. I believe the look and organization of a website can tell a lot about the particular company and it really seemed to show that you care a lot about what is happening to the over-population of animals, especially cats."
"I have recommended you to a couple of people I know because they cannot afford to pay the full price of their regular veterinarian. With money being so tight these days you want your pet to have the best care and you make that possible. Thank you."
"I was VERY pleased with the service! Your staff was exceptionally friendly and answered ALL our questions with utmost courtesy. And when we walked in to the facility, the first thing I noticed was how clean and fresh everything looked . . . and smelled! Your pricing was up-front and very reasonable, too."
"When I took Tootsie to Pets In Stitches, I was instantly impressed with how friendly and professional the staff was. When I went to pick her up, the entire staff was admiring how sweet she was, and telling me about how they’d had her out to cuddle her and let her walk around. This instantly blew me away… I loved that the staff were true animal lovers, and made sure the animals felt safe and happy during their recovery."