SURGERY & AFTER-CARE
Tips

Your pet has undergone major surgery and anesthesia. Listed below are a few helpful tips to make your pet’s recovery easier for both of you:

  1. Limit your pet’s activity for 7 days following surgery
  2. Discourage strenuous exercise for the next 5 days, especially with dogs. Normal exercise should be encouraged following this time period.
  3. DO NOT allow your pet to lick, scratch, or chew its incision. Use an Elizabethan Collar for 10-14 days as necessary. Collars are available at most pet stores.
  4. We usually use absorbable suture so your pet won’t have to return to the clinic. We will inform you if a return visit is needed for suture removal.
  5. EXPECT SWELLING or a hard lump at the incision site. This is a normal reaction to the absorbable suture material. Swelling will disappear in 2 weeks.

    If any bleeding or discharge from the incision occurs, please call the clinic for instructions.
  6. Keep the incision dry for 2 weeks after surgery. NO BATHING OR SWIMMING. Do not use alcohol or peroxide to clean the incision.
  7. We use a skin adhesive which may cause a blue or green coloring at the incision site.
  8. DO NOT give your pet aspirin or Tylenol. It can be toxic or fatal. Pain medication is available, if needed, by prescription only.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call us during regular business hours Mon-Fri 7am-6pm.
WE ARE NOT A 24-HOUR CARE FACILITY.
Staff is available only during regular business hours. For after-hours emergencies, call an emergency veterinary clinic. We will not be responsible for services obtained at another veterinary facility.