Post Operative Information

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They level of aftercare required for your pet will depend upon the surgical procedure that your pet has undergone.

Here are some general tips on what to expect following a general anaesthetic:

  • Your pet may be sleepier or quieter on the evening following a general anaesthetic. This is usually a side effect of having had a general anaesthetic and you should find that your pet is back to normal the following day.
  • A small meal of chicken or fish should be offered in the evening after they have had their anaesthetic and they can be fed as normal from the following day. It is not uncommon for cats and dogs to vomit in the evening after they have had an anaesthetic.
  • If your pet has stitches in their skin, please ensure that they do not lick or bother the wound at all. If they do, they may need to wear a buster collar. Please check the wound daily following an operation. It is not necessary to bathe the wound, but if you notice any heat, swelling, redness or any discharge from the wound. Please contact the surgery for further advice.
  • It is important that bandages and dressings stay dry as if they become wet they can cause irritation of the skin and predispose to wound infections. We can dispense a protective cover for bandages on feet/ legs for dogs to ensure they stay dry when they go outside.
  • Exercise will vary, depending upon the procedure undertaken and the vet will outline what exercise will be appropriate at the discharge appointment. For dogs that have undergone neutering, we advise short lead walks only until we see them for the removal of their stitches, ten days after their operation. It is extremely important that you prevent them from running, jumping up and going upstairs as too much exercise too quickly will slow the healing process and increase the probability of complications.
  • We advise that cats are kept indoors for the night following their general anaesthetic.
  • For patients that have undergone an orthopaedic operation a detailed discharge sheet will be given which outlines the dos and don’ts.

Should you have any concerns or questions regarding your pet following an operation please contact us for advice.