After Surgery


POST-SURGERY INSTRUCTIONS

Pick – Up:

  • Pick up time ranges depending on the day. Staff will inform you in the morning at Drop Off when to pick up. Times can range between 3pm and 4:30pm.
  • We close promptly at 5:00pm. A late fee of $30.00 will be assessed for each animals picked up after 5:00 p.m.

After – Care:

  • All animals receive a small green tattoo near their incision site. This is to show easily that they have been spayed or neutered.
  • Please watch your pet closely to ensure they are not licking their incision.  If this occurs, we recommend you purchase an E-Collar to prevent this from happening.
  • Some animals are active after surgery, while others are quiet. It is very important to limit your pet’s activity for the next 7-10 days.
  • It is important to keep your pet away from small children and other pets the night of the surgery. Please keep your pet from running, jumping & excessive exercise for the next 7-10 days
  • No running, jumping, playing, swimming, or other strenuous activity during the 7-10 day recovery period. Dogs and female cats have internal and external sutures that provide strength to the tissue as they heal. Any strenuous activity could disrupt the healing process. The healing process takes at least 7 days.
  • Pets must be kept indoors where they can stay clean, dry, and warm.
  • Do not bathe your pet during the recovery period.
  • Check the incision site at least twice daily. There should be no drainage. Redness and swelling should be minimal.
  • Male cats may appear as if they still have testicles. This is normal; the swelling should subside gradually through the recovery period.
  • If your pet has received a “belly wrap”, please remove the dressing the morning after the surgery. This was placed in order to       prevent spotting on furniture (and other areas) from small of drops of post-surgical blood.
  • Unless you are told otherwise, your pet does not have external sutures. All sutures are absorbable on the inside and the very outer layer of skin is held together with surgical glue. Do not clean or apply topical ointment to the incision site. If you are told that your pet has skin sutures or skin staples, they will need to return in 7-10 days to have them removed. Male cats do not have any sutures

Food & Water:

  • After 6pm offer small amounts of food and water at a time. It’s important to limit vomiting after any surgical procedure. If vomiting occurs, please wait until the morning to offer food again.
  • Their appetite should return gradually within 24 hours of surgery. Lethargy lasting for more than 48 hours after surgery, diarrhea or vomiting are not normal and you should contact us immediately. Do not change your pet’s diet at this time and do not give junk food, table scraps, milk or any other people food for a period of at least 7 days. This could mask post-surgical complications

Check – Out:

  • You will receive aftercare instructions during check-out. We will provide you a copy to take home and refer to as your pet is recovering.