How to Care for Your Pet After Surgery

Please closely monitor your pet during the 7–10 day recovery period and strictly follow these mandatory post-operative care instructions.

Your pet received a green tattoo next to their incision to show the pet has been altered. The tattoo is a scoring process of the skin and is permanent.
It is NOT an extra incision.

Post-Operative Emergencies


Emergency Hours

UCAN is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. If any post-operative concerns arise Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. or Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (our “Emergency Hours”), please call UCAN’s emergency line at 513-787-8746 and leave a message. A licensed veterinary technician will return your call as soon as possible. We do not have emergency coverage on Sundays.

UCAN will treat at our clinic, at minimal cost, any post-operative complications resulting directly from surgery. UCAN is NOT liable for complications resulting from failure to follow these post-operative instructions or for contagious diseases for which the pet had not been properly vaccinated.

After Hours Emergencies

If an emergency issue arises outside of our Emergency Hours above, please contact your personal veterinarian or an emergency clinic. UCAN’s veterinarian will decide, based upon the medical record and a discussion with the veterinarian who handled the emergency, as to whether and how much of the costs of the emergency visit and treatment will be covered by UCAN. UCAN will only cover costs directly related to the spay/neuter surgery. UCAN will NOT pay the costs of a visit to another veterinarian or an emergency clinic during the Emergency Hours noted above if you did not call UCAN first.

Your regular veterinarian must address any illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of the spay or neuter surgery.



The Ohio Department of Health has issued an order declaring that, effective 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all elective surgeries and procedures in Ohio should not be conducted. The order is designed to help conserve personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and first responders during the coronavirus pandemic. To comply with the order, UCAN will be closed for business until further notice.

For the next two weeks, our medical staff will answer our emergency line (513-787-8746) to respond to questions or concerns of pet owners whose pets had surgery here during March.