We believe that after any procedure our duty of care does not finish when the animal leaves the practice. We therefore ask to see the patient at least once more afterwards to ensure they are making the best possible recovery. This lets us ensure that your pet is recovering well and allows you to raise any concerns that you may have.
Following on from the operation, your pet will need careful nursing, attention and TLC!
When your pet is discharged from the practice, information on post operative recovery will be given to you. The following advice will ensure that they make a full recovery.
Your pet may be still drowsy/light-headed from the anaesthesia/sedative. Please keep quiet and warm. It is possible that they may be unsteady for the following 24 to 48 hours.
Please keep a check on the surgical wound, at least twice a day for any abnormalities (discharge, swelling, bleeding etc.) Please prevent any licking or scratching, this can delay wound healing and can aide in introducing infection.
A small light meal and water should be offered that evening and the following day feed as normal unless directed otherwise. Suggestions of what to feed include: Chicken & rice, plain white fish, scrambled egg without any milk. Please don’t feed anything too rich or oily.
Fur is shaved where some injections and surgical incisions have been made, as the area needs to be cleaned and made sterile. The hair will grow back; it can in some instances however change in shade slightly.
The amount of exercise your pet will be able to do will be explained to you on discharge. It is important the appropriate exercise is adhered to. Any increase in exercise after certain operations can cause post operative complications, delaying the time further until your pet is able to exercise as before.
For the majority of procedures (especially operations) pain relieving injections are given. Predominately, in the medication they are given before the surgery (‘a premed’) a strong pain killer is given alongside a sedative, and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain relief injection (NSAID) is also typically given unless contra-indicated (this lasts for 24 hours).
If stitches are in place, you will be advised on discharge if they will be required to be removed or not.
Cats should be kept indoors for 24 hours after an anaesthetic, this duration may increase if your cat has any bandages or a surgical incision.
An Elizabethan (Buster) Collar may be on your pet when you pick them up. It must be kept on at all times. If your pet is unable to eat with it on, it must be removed, but put back on immediately afterwards. Using a cone is one of the only ways we are able to prevent them doing any damage to the affected site.
We will advise you on any necessary ongoing home treatment which should be strictly adhered to. If they are given any medication, there will be instructions on the packaging; you will be informed on discharge what to do. If you have any questions about the medication, or your pet develops side effects, please ring the surgery asap.
We will advise you when to return for the post-operative check. The ‘check-up’ is free but this does not include any further medication if required. Typically after a surgical operation they will return in 48hours and 10 days, this will be advised on discharge.