Post Op Care
Please be sure to pick up your pet at the designated pick up time.
Failure to do so, will result in a late pick up fee.
For your pet’s safety, please read and follow these instructions.
- Keep your pet quiet, warm and dry in the house the first night (and preferably for a few days especially in extreme weather). The most common after effect of anesthesia is feeling cold and shivering. Outdoor pets should be fully functional before returning outside.
- Keep your pet away from stairs and open water containers (including toilets) since he/she may be groggy after you take him/her home.
- Make sure your pet is fully awake before offering any water.
- Feed and water your pet a small amount tonight. They may not have a full appetite until tomorrow. Kittens and puppies under 4 months can eat like normal. Do not change your pet’s diet or give table scraps or any other people food during the recovery period. This could mask post-surgical complications.
- If your pet throws up for any reason, take away the food and water until morning.
- No running, jumping, playing or strenuous activity for 7 – 10 days. Pets should stay indoors and be kept quiet. Walk dogs on a leash and keep cats inside.
- Keep the incision dry for 10-14 days. No baths, swimming or ointments of any kind. The top layer of the surgical incision is closed with glue and will come open if the area gets wet.
- Your pet does not require additional pain medication. Do NOT give your pet any people medicines such as Aspirin, Tylenol or Advil.
- DO NOT let your animal lick the incision! An “E-collar” (plastic lampshade) is suggested for animals that like to lick (especially adult male dogs). We now offer e-collars!
- Check the incision twice a day. What you see today is normal…there should be no discharge and minimal redness or swelling. A colored discharge from the incision is NOT normal. Some redness or a seroma, knot-like swelling, is not uncommon. The swelling can vary in size and will reduce on its own. It is NOT a hernia. It can be common in abdominal surgeries. Young pets and over-activity, such as jumping up to greet you or jumping onto furniture, can produce one.
- Any sutures (stitches) are dissolvable and will break down and be absorbed over the next few weeks. Your pet does not need to return to have them removed.
- Yes, your pet has a small green tattoo near the incision site, so they can easily be identified as already spayed/neutered. Male cats will have an abdominal tattoo.
- If your pet was in heat at the time of surgery, it is very important that you keep her isolated from male pets. She will still be attractive to intact males and could be seriously injured if she attempts to breed following surgery. DO NOT LET YOUR ANIMALS MOUNT OR BE MOUNTED!
- Some animals are 100% right away, while others recover more slowly. Lethargy lasting more than 48 hours after surgery, diarrhea or vomiting are not normal, and you should call our After Care number at 405-303-1808. Dogs may have a slight cough for a few days.
Your pet’s surgery was performed by Terry Yunker, DVM.