Post Operative Care
Caring For Your Pet After Its Operation
Your pet has been anaesthetised or sedated; he/she may be drowsy for the next 24-48 hours.
Please read the following carefully and contact the surgery if you are worried at all about any change in the condition of your pet:
- In many cases a small area of hair on the foreleg/s will have been clipped. This is to aid the vet to administer the anaesthetic / take blood samples / intravenous fluids in a sterile manner. This will re-grow in 6-8 weeks
- When at home you should keep your pet warm, quiet and comfortable. Provide gentle reassurance and do not allow other pets and children to excite him/her.
- You pet should not be allowed outdoors unsupervised or off the lead, as he/she may be disorientated, wobbly or have temporary loss of road sense. Give cats a litter tray but allow dogs out for necessary toilet activity.
- Your pet may have had a tube passed down his trachea (windpipe) whilst asleep so that he/she could breathe a gaseous anaesthetic. This may cause a slight irritable cough for a few days.
- There may be some drowsiness and shaking in the evening or even the next day after the surgery, this is dependent on the anaesthetic used.
- You pet should not be allowed outdoors unsupervised or off the lead, as he/she may be disorientated, wobbly or have temporary loss of road sense. Give cats a litter tray but allow dogs out for the necessary toilet.
- In some cases strict activity and cage rest may be required.
- Strict confinement of your pet is recommended for 24 hours after their treatment, unless otherwise stated by a member of staff. After this time, the amount of exercise allowed depends on the individual procedure, the vet or nurse can advise.
- The exercise restriction can range from 2-3 days lead exercise to 5-7 days.
- Please feed your pet small light meals, little and often, this is so they do not consume large amounts which may cause them to vomit.
- You may need to feed your pet a lighter choice of food like chicken and rice, scrambled egg or white fish.
- Dressing and bandages must be kept clean and dry. Cover leg bandages with a plastic bag for walks outside, but do not leave the bag on for long periods.
- Report any damage, moisture, swelling, chaffing, discharge or smell from the dressing as soon as possible.
- Your pet may have a drain in situ; the purpose of surgical drains is indicated for decompression in areas with a large potential dead space, necrotic or infected tissue; or those which have significant amount of fluid accumulation this helps drain fluid from your pets wound. A staff member will advise you on drain care on discharge of your pet.
- It is advisable to check the wound daily for any excess bruising, swelling or wound seepage; this should be reported as should any abnormal sequel e.g. vomiting or excessive pain.
b) If you feel your animal is likely to lick or chew at its wound, please ask for a plastic buster collar to prevent the animal self harming.
c) The surgical site, unless you have been advised otherwise, should require no attention, there may however be a light dressing on the wound which the vet or nurse will advise you when to remove.
You may be invited back for a free post op check 2-3 days after surgery so we can monitor your pet’s progress. After that you will be required to return for stitches out in 10-14 days unless otherwise stated on collection of your pet.
For further information please contact the surgery on 01483 480040 or pop by to ask one of the friendly members of staff.