Becker Animal Hospital | After Surgery
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After Surgery

Care of the Surgical Patient

We would like to keep the post-surgical patient as quiet as possible for 14 days, with leash walking only for the first 7 days. Food and water are fine after surgery, but do not let the pet consume too fast and provide small amounts. Sometimes food may have to be withheld until the following day if the pet looks nauseous and/or tries to vomit, but you can give ice cubes to chew on. Your pet may not have bowel movement for 3-5 days after it goes home because of the fasting before surgery, and from the medicines used. This is normal and is not a cause for alarm if your pet is reluctant to eat, then you can try some table food like chicken or hamburger. If your pet does not eat or drink, or seems depressed or abnormal in any way, please call us straight away.

1. Please keep your pet inside the house as this will ensure a consistently warm and regulated environment. If you think that you pet is sick or not well, you can offer some table food like chicken or hamburger. If your pet still refuses to eat, we recommend that you call our office right away.

2. Stitches are removed 14 days after surgery, and when outside please leash walk your pet for the first 7 days. Do not let you pet run loose or free as it may over-exert itself and possibly damage the stitches or suture line. During the last 7 days your pet can engage in more normal activity but do not let it become excessive. Some swelling on the incision line may occur, but if it is excessive or if any drainage occurs, then please call us right away.

3. For de-clawed cats please give the antibiotics as directed and please use shredded newspaper or a paper product in the litter box for at least 5 days so that the litter does not stick or clump to the cats toes. If your kitty has sutures in the toes, then he may chew most of them out but we will re-check them in 6 weeks to remove any stitches still in place.

4. If your pet has a wound with a drain, then it may need to be flushed 1-2x daily with the flush solution provided. Mix the concentrate with warm water to a medium purple color and flush the wound as directed.

5. If a bandage is present, please report any discharge or staining on the outside and use a plastic bag over the bandage when the pet goes outside and the grass is wet. Bandages are usually changed every 3-7 days.

6. Casts are usually re-checked every 1-3 weeks, and use a plastic bag over the end of the cast to keep dry, feel the toes on both feet on a daily basis to ensure that both sets of toes are warm and pink with blood circulation, and report any drainage or foul odor right away. If the pet is overly active, the cast could slip off as the muscles shrink under the cast and will loosen it.

7. With Heartworm Treatment, please keep the pet confined in the house for 14 days with leash walking only outside. The adult heartworms are dying and breaking up, and excessive activity will flood the lungs with more dead heartworms than the body can handle and severe coughing may result. Children’s Robitussin can be used to control the cough, but if the cough persists, then please call us right away.