Post-Op Instructions for Cats and Dogs:
Pet care is very important after a major surgery. Keep your pet as quiet and comfortable as possible for a two week recovery process. Post operative pain medication, rest, and some extra cuddles are recommended by our clinic for the most optimal recovery. Overactivity and licking and/or chewing at incision sites are our main complications after surgery. We recommend that an elizabethan collar be worn 24 hours a day following your pet’s procedure for the entire two week period of recovery. Pick-up is between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 pm. There is a $.60 per minute late fee charged if you pick your pet up after 5:00 pm.
Once your animal has been picked up from our clinic you may take them home and offer them a small amount of food and small bowl of water. Please give them what they are used to eating. No special treats. Anesthesia can cause nausea and so it is important to provide them with their regular diet as to not upset their tummy. You may also start your postoperative pain medication at this time. Normal feeding amounts and schedules can resume the morning after surgery.
Please limit your pet’s activity level during the recovery process. No running, jumping, pulling or tugging, and no rough playing with family or other pets in the house. You may take your pet on short leash walks. If you have a pet with a high energy level, you may need to use a crate or cage to help limit their activity level.
Your pet can not have a bath for at least 10 days following surgery. Please no playing in the pool or lake.
Please keep your animal inside while they heal where it is warm and dry and clean. Make them a nice warm cozy bed somewhere near you and let them rest comfortably. Spoil them a little; they probably aren’t going to feel 100% for a day or two. Do not leave your pet outside unattended after their surgery. Your pet will start to feel and act better before they are completely healed. This is the most important time to remember to follow your post-operative instructions. They can still cause injury to themselves during this period of time.
Some mild redness and swelling at the incision site is normal. All of the sutures will be under the skin unless otherwise explained to you by our staff and will dissolve over time. You will not need, in most cases, to return to our clinic to have sutures removed.
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