Post-operative Instructions

  • When you collect your pet from the surgery, the veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse will discuss the operation with you and outline any special post operative instructions.
  • Your pet will have had an anaesthetic or heavy sedation. Most of the effects of these will have worn off by the time you collect him although he will feel sleepy for the rest of that evening and possibly the following day.
  • Your pet will be able to stand and walk before you take him home and will have been offered a small drink. He will have been gently walked in our garden to give an opportunity to empty bladder and bowels.
  • Keep your pet warm and quiet when at home and allow him to rest.
  • Do not take your pet outside unless he is on a lead. Usually, you will be asked to keep your pet on a lead for 10 days following surgery.
  • Offer your pet a small light meal when you take him home in the evening. Ideal convalescent food is chicken or fish and rice. Alternatively we can offer you ready prepared food at the surgery. Do not worry if your pet does not eat on the evening of his operation. He should be eating within 24 hours, please telephone the surgery for advice if he does not.
  • If your pet has stitches, please do not allow him to lick the wound or pull at the stitches. We can provide you with a collar to prevent this.
  • If your pet has had a blood sample taken, we will phone you with the results as soon as we receive them. This is usually within 48 hours.
  • Please follow the instructions CAREFULLY on the labels for any medication that you may have to administer to your pet.
  • Please telephone the surgery if you are at all concerned about your pet on 01273 737924 (or out of hours, call PETS on 01273 566993)

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