Post-Surgery Care

Rechecks are available at no charge Monday through Friday, at our clinic in Kentwood, during our surgery hours and by appointment. If you have questions or concerns after surgery please contact our clinic during normal business hours at 616-455-8220 Option 2.

Since spay/neuter scars are difficult to detect once healed; a tattoo placed on the abdomen is a thin line that is a permanent indication that the surgery has been performed. This will prevent an unnecessary exploratory surgery in the future. The tattoo is not optional. 

If there are any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call (616) 455-8220 #2 during normal office hours, Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm. 


CSNIP does not have medical staff available for after-hours post-operative care after 4pm Monday-Friday or between Friday at 4pm and Monday at 8am.  If your pet is experiencing a life threatening situation, or if you feel that your concern cannot wait until the next business day, please contact your pet’s full service vet or you can call Animal Emergency Hospital at 616-361-9911.  Any post-operative care your pet receives at an outside clinic is at your cost.  Please note, very rarely are pets in a post-operative emergency situation that cannot wait for treatment, but if you feel this is the case, do not wait for a call back.

Read Your Paperwork Carefully

Check out your spay/neuter certificate carefully. At the bottom, you will see a section marked SURGERY SUMMARY that notes any additional problems we may have noticed while your pet was with us. Please see your regular veterinarian for treatment.

Treatments for fleas are available from CSNIP before you leave if those conditions are noted in the SURGERY SUMMARY section.

  • A list of services performed today is also listed on your spay/neuter certificate.
  • If your pet received a rabies vaccination while with us the certificate of vaccination is included in our paperwork
  • If your pet had a microchip inserted today, the paperwork is included in your paperwork and you will need to register your microchip.

Make sure to keep your certificate of spaying or neutering with your pet’s record.  You may need proof of spaying or neutering in the future and a fee will have to be paid if we need to reissue a certificate.