Pre-Surgery Instructions

Check-in time for all animals is between 8:00 am 8:30 am.m. Your payment is due at the time of check-in. We prefer cash to help check-in go quicker, but also accept Visa & MasterCard.

Check-in is very crowded, so please be sure to allow at least 20 minutes to get your animal checked in. The line forms outside the door, so please dress for the weather. 


Cats MUST be in secure carriers. If they do not have one, please stop in prior to your appointment to purchase a reinforced cardboard carrier for $5.

All dogs MUST have a collar/harness and leash.

For animals under 6 months:
Since your animal is under 6 months, you do not need to restrict food or water.

For animals 6 months and over:
Since your animal is 6 months or over, please no food, rawhide, treats, or chew toys after midnight the night before surgery. Water is always fine.

For all animals

We do offer additional services only at the time of surgery and may be added up until the time of check-in.

  • 1-Year Rabies vaccine animals over 3 months
  • Distemper Vaccine (Will need to be boosted at a private vet in 3-4 weeks.)
  • Bordatella Vaccine (Kennel Cough) dogs only
  • E-Collars for $10
  • We can also Microchip for $20 and sell flea prevention for $12/dose.

If you have questions or concerns about your appointment, please call the office at 616-455-8220. C-SNIP is located at 1675 Viewpond Dr in Kentwood. We are 2 blocks south of 44th Street off of Kalamazoo Ave. 

​​​​​​It is safest for your animal and less messy for you if your pet's stomach is empty prior to surgery. Food in the stomach during surgery may be vomited up while the animal is under anesthesia. An unconscious animal can breathe this material into its lungs, causing a potentially fatal pneumonia. Also, improperly fasted animals have a much higher likelihood of vomiting after you get them home.

Pain medication is administered by the veterinarian at the clinic immediately following surgery and will last for the next 24 hours. Rarely do pets need additional pain medication. On occasion, C-SNIP will send additional pain medication home with your pet after spending the day with them. Additionally, you may request additional pain medication at any time throughout your pets recovery process.

​​​​​​Due to space constraints, we have a limited number of kennels for large dogs to recover in. It is important for you to provide an accurate weight so we can schedule your dog on a day when we have a space adequate in size for recovery.

We want to make sure your pet has a successful surgery. In the two week waiting period, you will have time to ensure your pet is healthy and that the new adoption works for you. Additionally, you will better know your pet’s typical behavior so you can monitor their recovery after surgery.

​​​​​​Microchipping offers pet owners the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you, the owner. If you want to improve your pet’s chances of getting home in a lost pet emergency – microchipping is your best option. Animal microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are typically implanted beneath the skin between the shoulder blades. You will need to register the microchip online with your contact information and keep it updated.