Clinic Aftercare Instructions

Surgery After‐Care Instructions


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  • Your companion animal will act drowsy and unstable for several hours after surgery. The total effects of the anesthesia will not be gone until tomorrow. It is common for animals to shake and act uncoordinated when waking up after surgery. This is normal and caused by the anesthetic drugs. Older animals and physically stressed animals can take a longer period of time to recover.

  • It is not unusual for dogs to whine or whimper the evening of their surgery as the anesthesia drugs wear off.  This is not a symptom of pain, but a display of general anxiety over not feeling quite normal after the day’s events.  Comfort them and remember that your companion animal has just had surgery and needs time to rest and heal.

  • The surgical area may be slightly swollen and red for a day or so. A lump will form as the suture material begins to break down and scar tissue forms. This is normal if there is no redness or drainage, and the incision is not hot to the touch. Please call if you notice any of these problems with the animal’s incision.

The first few days after surgery follow these guidelines:

  • Keep your companion animal quiet tonight and in a warm comfortable place. Anesthetics impede your animal’s ability to control its body temperature. Do not leave your companion animal outside in the cold and make sure to keep it cool in hot weather, until the anesthetics wear off.

  • Keep your companion animal away from children and other animals. Surgical anesthetics can leave your companion animal confused or aggressive when waking up. It may not realize who is handling it, so use caution. Do not leave your companion animal where it could fall until the sedation wears off. Be especially careful with stairs.

  • Because your companion animal received a general anesthetic today, give lighter amounts of water and food tonight. Feeding or watering your companion animal excessively may cause vomiting and/or diarrhea.  If the animal does not want to eat, its appetite should return to normal within 24 hours of surgery.

  • Please do not allow your companion animal to lick or chew at the incision!  This can cause infection and may loosen or pull out sutures. GAP always recommends the purchase of an E‐collar. You must monitor your animal’s behavior carefully and make sure it is not excessively licking or chewing the incision.

  • Unless specifically told otherwise, your companion animal will not need to have any sutures removed as they are beneath the skin and will dissolve.

  • Do not allow your companion animal to get wet for 10 days after surgery.

  • Do not self‐medicate your animal or give any type of pain medication such as aspirin or ibuprofen without your regular veterinarian’s permission to do so. (Without proper administration, over‐the‐counter pain medications can cause serious injury and even death to dogs and cats.) We provide every animal with a 24‐hour pain injection immediately after surgery.

  • In case of an immediate medical emergency, call the Cherokee Emergency Veterinary Clinic at 770‐924‐3720. They are located at 7800 Highway 92, Woodstock, GA 30189. This facility will charge a fee to see your animal. Once your animal leaves our clinic site you are fully responsible for after care and all veterinary expenses.

  • Should you have any questions or concerns about your companion animal, a Georgia Animal Project technician can be reached at 770‐710‐9599 until 9:00 pm the night of the surgical procedure.  At any other time, call or text the Georgia Animal Project at 770‐704‐7297 and leave a message. Someone will return your call generally within 24-48 hours. While we are always willing to see an animal for aftercare issues, be aware that these contact numbers are for non-emergency questions.  All after care is ultimately the responsibility of the companion animal owner.

THE NUMBERS ARE STAGGERING!

  • Studies show that one female dog and her descendants can produce as many as 67,000 dogs in six years.
  • In seven years, a single unaltered female cat and her offspring can produce up to 420,000 kittens. Sadly, most of these animals meet premature deaths as strays or euthanized in shelters.

Thank you for being a responsible companion‐animal owner!  In our eyes, you are a hero!

Pre-Clinic Instructions

Please follow these simple directions to make your clinic visit as easy as possible. To schedule an appointment, visit Make An Appointment on our website.

Prepare your Animal for Surgery

  • No food or snacks after 11pm the evening prior to surgery.
  • Animals can have LIMITED water overnight, but take it up in the morning.
  • If your animal is current on its rabies vaccine, bring a copy of your current rabies certificate.
  • We will provide a rabies vaccine at no charge if you cannot provide a rabies certificate.

Drop-off and Pick-up

  • Our drop-off times are between 8am and 9am.
  • Please call or text if you are delayed. The phone number for the clinic is 770 704-7297.
  • You will need to pick your animal up the same day between 4pm and 5pm.
  • If your animal’s pickup time changes we will call you. Please be punctual and note that all animals will need to be picked up by 5 pm the day of your clinic.
  • We will contact you if your animal is ready to go home earlier.
  • Dogs must be brought in on a leash (small dogs may use a carrier). Cats must be brought in a secure carrier. One animal per carrier is best.
  • You need to have secure control over your animal(s).   Be aware that other animals will be present.  If you need help, leave your animal in the car and come inside to ask a staff member to assist you. 
  • If you believe you have an animal with aggressive tendencies please let us know beforehand so that we can be better prepared to assist you.

Clinic Location

  • Our physical address is: 310 Gilmer Ferry Road Ball Ground 30107.
  • Our entrance is in the rear of the building.
  • Written directions can be viewed online here. Please note that you must turn onto Old Dawsonville Road to reach our entrance at the rear of the building.

Payment

  • All fees are payable at time of drop off in cash, debit or credit.
  • (a $2 surcharge will be added for credit/debit).
  • We do not accept American Express or CareCredit as payment.
  • Please try and bring correct change if paying with cash.

Finally, please note that Georgia Animal Project is not a substitute for a regular veterinarian. We operate as a high quality, low-cost spay/neuter program. We do not offer vaccine verification, test results to third parties or prescriptions for conditions outside the scope of our services offered at the time of the surgical procedure. We will provide you a receipt detailing the services provided to your companion animal at pick-up.

Spay/Neuter Clinic Information

How our Clinic Works

Our non-profit mission is to provide high-quality spay/neuter services to the general public at cost.  All surgeries are by appointment only. 

  1. Review our Services and Pricing
  2. Make an Appointment
  3. Review Pre-Appointment Instructions
  4. Review Surgical Consent Form
  5. Review our After-Care Instructions

Directions to Georgia Animal Project

Google Map or Hand-Written Directions


Needing Low-Cost Vaccines?

Seeking affordable vaccinations in our area? We recommend Quick Shot at Riverstone in Canton and Pet Shots Express also in Canton.  Georgia Animal Project only provides vaccines to animals at the time of their surgery.


Georgia Animal Project is not a substitute for a Primary-care veterinarian.

We are a high quality, low-cost spay/neuter clinic. We do not provide examinations or vaccinations to the general public, only to animals having a spay/neuter procedure or those that have recently been seen by us.  We do not perform procedures outside of our spay/neuter mission.

Support your local Veterinarian. They are an important part of our community and your companion-animal’s health.


Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Alternatives

There are a number of high-quality, low-cost alternatives for spay/neuter in the metro-Atlanta area.

Support Our Cause

We are always in need of simple items at the clinic.

  • Paper towels
  • Unscented Bleach
  • Unscented Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Trash Bags (Large & Small)
  • Old Cloth towels
  • Walmart or Office Supply Giftcards

Georgia Animal Project has designed its clinic to be as affordable as possible to the general public.

We ask our patrons to pay only the actual costs associated with their animal’s alteration. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to have their animal altered in a high quality clinic at a reasonable price.

Donations play a significant role in our ability to keep our costs low.  If you believe in our cause and are in a position to help, we ask that you consider making a tax-deductible contribution to our organization.

Georgia Animal Project is a high quality, low-cost spay/neuter clinic. We alter approximately 5000 animals each year.  Maintaining our level of efficiency requires many people working together to meet a common goal – reducing companion-animal overpopulation.  We would like to acknowledge everyone who makes this animal project work – our board members and volunteers, our wonderful veterinarians and vet techs, the clinic staff, our steadfast donors and especially our many clients.  It takes all of us to make the difference.  And we are making a difference. 

Thank you for your generous support.

Georgia Animal Project Board of Directors

 


 

Help Support Those that Support Us

Thanks to funding provided by the PetSmart Charities, Second Life, Petco Foundation, ASPCA, Cherokee Humane Society, Animal Farm Foundation, Spay/Neuter Coalition, Pet Buddies Food Pantry and many other non-profit animal welfare organizations and like-minded individuals, we continue to provide high-quality, low-cost spay/neuters for cats and dogs in northwest Georgia.

Services and Pricing

Spay/Neuter Fees

Cats

  • Male             $55
  • Female        $65

Male Dogs

  • Small            $80
  • Medium      $90
  • Large           $100

Female Dogs

  • Small            $85
  • Medium      $95
  • Large           $105

 

Rabies vaccine, post-operative pain injection and nail trim are included at no additional charge.  We provide all dogs and cats with a small green-line tattoo mark adjacent to their incision to facilitate future veterinary examinations.

The following additional services are available on the day of surgery and can be added when you check in:

 

Additional Services for Cats
(available at time of surgery)

 

Microchip                            $25  Includes free lifetime registration
FVRCP                                  $10  Standard Annual vaccine
FELV vaccine                    $15  Feline Leukemia vaccine
Combo Dewormer         $15  Full-spectrum dewormer
E-collar                                $10  Prevent licking after surgery

Flea Preventative          $10 Vectra 30-day topical preventative

 

Additional Services for Dogs

(available at time of surgery)

Microchip                         $25  Includes free lifetime registration
DAPPV                               $10  Standard Annual vaccine
Bordetella                         $10  Kennel cough vaccine
Combo Dewormer       $15-$40 Full-spectrum (weight based)
E-collar                              $10  Prevent licking after surgery
Heartworm Test           $20  Test for Heartworms
Flea Preventative        $10 Vectra 30-day topical preventative
Flea & Tick                      $12 Vectra 30-day topical preventative

 

We always recommend microchips ($25) if finances allow.  For dogs needing a standard vaccine our veterinarians recommend the DAPPV combo vaccine ($10).  For cats the FVRCP combo vaccine ($10) is recommended along with the FELV vaccine ($15).  Preventative de-worming is available and we can also apply topical flea treatment for $10-$12 per dose (one month).  

Make An Appointment

To make an appointment fill in this form and use the submit button to send us your information. We will contact you via email to finalize the appointment.  Check the calendar of available clinics to the right of (or below) this form.

Expect to receive a reply via email within 24 hours.  Appointment dates are conditional until confirmed.  We try our best to schedule according to your preferred clinic date, but we must schedule each clinic based on an appropriate mix of species, gender and weight.