Pre-Surgical &

Post-Operative Care Info

Everything you should know before and after your pets surgery

Dogs and cats 5 years old or older require pre-operative bloodwork.

Pets 8 years old or older require pre-operative bloodwork and x-rays.

The Evening Before Your Pet’s Surgery

  • Your pet should not eat after midnight the night before surgery. If your pet HAS eaten the morning of surgery, please make sure to notify staff at check in.

  • Please arrive promptly at 8:30 AM in West Palm Beach and 8:30 AM in Jupiter for surgery check in.


What to Do Upon Arrival

  • Please be patient. We do check ins on a first come, first serve basis



  • All procedures require proof of current rabies vaccination, or vaccine WILL BE administered the day of surgery.

  • All canines 7 months of age or older are required to do a heart worm test which cost an additional $20. (Proof of negative heart worm test and current preventative from the past 12 months is accepted, but must be provided at the time of surgery check in).

  • All felines of any age are required to do a feline triple test which cost an additional $20 (This tests the blood for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), Feline Leukemia virus (FeLV), and Feline heart worms). 

  • Patients approaching 5 years of age or older are required to do pre-anesthetic blood work which cost an additional $135.00 in advance or $160.00 the day of surgery.

Please remember that these requirements are to ensure the health and safety of your pet prior to anesthesia.


Spays and Neuters

  • Any female (canine or feline) that presents in heat while under anesthesia, or possibly pregnant will incur an additional charge of $50 (Heat cycles can last up to 6-8 weeks before and/or after their last heat cycle).

  • Any male (canine or feline) whose testicles have not descended into the scrotum (cryptorchidism) are charged additional for neutering. Inguinally retained testicles are $250.00 - $350.00 additional charge (per testicle depending on the weight of the dog). Abdominally retained testicles are 2 times the amount of the neuter price (PER TESTICLE).


Medications and E-Collars

  • Surgical procedure prices are EXCLUDING the cost of medications and e-collar’s going home. E-collars are recommended to prevent trauma to the surgical incision and cost approximately $15, medication prices vary depending on what each patient needs (total medication cost may be up to $75). Collar sizes and medications are determined by the surgical veterinarian at the time of surgery.



  • Please plan to pick up your pet at 5 pm. If your pet is ready before 5 pm we will call you. 


  • WE ARE NOT A 24 HOUR CLINIC AND DO NOT HAVE OVERNIGHT STAFF! ABSOLUTELY NO PATIENTS ARE PERMITTED TO STAY OVERNIGHT AFTER SURGERY. If a pet is not picked up, Paws 2 Help will not assume liability and charge a $100 boarding overnight fee.

  • If your pet defecates pre-operatively or intra-operatively an additional $25 cleaning fee will be charged. (You can walk your pet prior to admitting him/her to the surgical technician)

  • A surgical technician will go over all the at home care requirements with you at pick up and written discharge instructions will be given to you at that time.

Dog Owners

  • Please walk your dog before surgery drop off.

  • No choke chains or retractable leashes.

  • Please take your leash when a surgery technician takes your pet back to surgery.

Cat Owners

Feral Cats – Click HERE.

  • Please do not bring your cat in open arms.

  • One cat per carrier.

  • We ask that you transfer your cat from your carrier to a Paws 2 Help recovery cage upon admission into the hospital.

  • At surgery pick up we will put you in a room to again transfer your pet from the Paws 2 Help recovery cage back to your carrier.

What to Do at Pick Up​

  • We will call you when your pet is done with surgery. Please plan to pick up between 5 pm and 5:30 pm. (If you do not receive a call just come at this time). We close at 5:30 pm and overnight stays are not permitted.

  • You will be provided with an itemized receipt at check out and post-operative discharge instructions


Click HERE to schedule surgery online.

We hope that this information is helpful to you, and we look forward to seeing you on the scheduled date. You have made a great decision in halting the overpopulation crises, by having your pet sterilized. Remember Paws-2-Help is 100% for the animals, not the profit