Spay Discharge: How To Care For Your Pet After Surgery?

November 2, 2018 Learning Center

Your pet has undergone major surgery and she is now being discharged from hospital to continue ongoing care at home. The recovery period is very important to ensure successful wound healing and to avoid any complications arising from the surgery. Hence, please follow these instructions carefully.

Restrict physical activity
It is important to avoid any running, jumping, stair climbing or play for the next 2 weeks. When your dog needs to go to the bathroom outside, please keep her on a short leash at all times and return indoors immediately after she has relieved herself. Please confine her to a small area in the house if she is to be left alone for any period of time.

Diet
Offer half of your pet’s normal food portion tonight with some water. Do not be alarmed if she does not want to eat tonight, it is normal for some dogs to feel a little out of sorts after an anaesthetic, just take the food away overnight and try again tomorrow. If she still refuses food for more than 24 hours after her surgery, give us a call.

Monitor the incision site
It normally takes 10 to 14 days for the wound to heal. It is important that your pet does not lick, chew or scratch at her sutures or incision as this could lead to infection and breakdown of the wound. We recommend that your pet wears a special collar to prevent her from interfering with her wound. Please keep the wound clean and dry and monitor for any signs of redness, swelling or discharge and if you have any concerns then call us.

Please bring your pet in for a post op appointment with the vet to check how her wound is healing in 5 days. If any sutures have been placed that need to be removed, we will advise you of this when your pet is discharged.

Medications
Your pet may be going home with some tablets for pain relief. Please follow the instructions on the label carefully. If you feel your pet is still in pain, please call us. Please do not increase the dose of the medication as this could lead to side effects.

Signs of complications
It is normal for your pet to feel a little drowsy after her surgery and anaesthetic, but this should reduce over the next 12-24 hours. However if you notice she still seems dull or listless after this period, if her appetite does not return to normal, or if you notice any swelling, redness or discharge from the wound then these can be signs of a problem developing. Do not hesitate to phone us if you notice any of these signs.

If you have any concerns, please call us for advice on 62883929.

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