Listed here is a general guideline for you to follow after your pet’s surgery. For your pet’s safety, please read and follow these instructions:
- No running, jumping, playing or strenuous activity for 7 – 10 days. Pets should stay indoors and be kept quiet. Walk dogs on a leash and keep cats inside for the entire recovery period. A crate or carrier is best.
- Keep your pet dry for 7-10 days. No baths, swimming or rolling in wet grass. The top layer of the surgical incision is closed with surgical glue and will open if the area gets wet.
- Check the incision everyday. What you see the first day is normal…there should be no discharge and minimal redness or swelling. DO NOT let your animal lick the incision area. If this occurs, you will need to buy an “e-collar” (doggy cone), if you have not already.
- Unless otherwise noted, there are no stitches to remove. Your pet has stitches under the skin, which will never need to be removed.
- Your pet may not have a full appetite until tomorrow. Do not change their diet or give table scraps as this can mask post-op complications.
- Do not give your pet any human medication such as Aspirin, Tylenol or Advil. They are highly toxic. If your pet needs pain medication you can obtain it at our clinic.
You will be picking up your pet the day of surgery. They may appear lethargic or groggy. This is normal. Some animals are feeling 100% right away, while others recover more slowly. Lethargy lasting more than 48 hours after surgery, diarrhea or vomiting are not normal and you should call the clinic at 727-785-7200.
If you have any questions or concerns about your pet after surgery, call the clinic anytime during our open hours. We are happy to help and will most certainly re-check your pet if necessary. Please contact your local emergency clinic if concerns occur after hours.