Post operation care for your pet must be followed at all times.
When your pet has an operation, he/she needs time to recover. If your pet has had a general anaesthetic or sedation today, they will still be sleepy for the next 12-24 hours. During general anaesthesia, a tube is passed into the airway to help the patient breathe. This can result in some minor irritation and coughing. This should pass within 48 hours.
We recommend keeping your pet confined indoors during the first evening, with somewhere warm and quiet to rest and recover. Drugs given today can upset the stomach, so we recommend giving a small meal of bland food this evening. Special packs of recovery diet are available at reception to provide your pet with the optimal nutrition for a speedy recovery.
Your pet will need to come back for a post op check in 3 days. Please make this appointment with reception before you leave. If there are stitches present, these are normally removed 10-14 days after surgery. You should check the surgical wound at least once a day if you notice any swelling, bleeding or oozing please contact us straight away. Exercise should be limited for the first 24 hours.
Dogs can have 5-minute lead walks for the first three days increasing up to 10 minutes after the post-operative examination. Your pet should be kept as quiet as possible over the next 2 weeks to speed recovery, no running or jumping as this could burst their stitches. Dogs should be confined indoors until stitches are removed and Buster Collars should be worn at all times until stitches are removed.
Cats should be confined indoors until stitches are removed and Buster Collars should be worn at all times until stitches are removed.
Keep your rabbit on a soft towel for a bed tonight, as hay and straw can irritate the wound. Anaesthesia can slow the gut movement of rabbits, your rabbit has been given a drug to counteract this, but it is important to get your rabbit eating as soon as possible. A good supply of fresh veg and hay should be available tonight, as well as any of their usual favourites. Normal faecal pellets should be passed within the next 12-24 hours. Your rabbit should be kept as quiet as possible in the next 2 weeks to speed recovery. If your rabbit has not passed any faeces in the next 24 hours you must call the practice!