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Post-Operative Care

Post operative careMost animals will be subdued or sleepy for the first 24 hours after general anaesthesia or sedation and this is normal. Some animals particularly older ones may take a few days until they are fully back to normal. It is important to allow them to rest during this period and keep other animals and children away from them.

Your pet will have a clipped area on their leg where the intravenous catheter was placed and also a clipped area around any incisions. Some animals can develop irritation where the hair has been removed and may lick excessively. If this is occurring please bring them back to see us so that we can provide something to ease the symptoms.

The incision may have staples, sutures, invisible sutures or a dressing covering it. It is important that your pet does not interfere with this incision as they can remove sutures by licking or chewing and they will introduce bacteria from their mouth into the incision making infection likely. If your animal has a dressing or bandage,you will be provided with a sheet explaining how to care for this. Exercise will be restricted during the recovery period and most animals after surgery will have to rest for at least 10 days. Postoperative wound checks will be performed at 7 days for all routine procedures and more frequently for other operations. These are to check that your pet has recovered fully from the procedure and that the incision has healed properly.

You animal will be offered a small meal in hospital and as some animals develop an upset stomach after an anaesthetic, we feed them a bland prescription diet and advise that you continue this at home for 48 hours after surgery. A nutritional assessment will be made of your pet and appropriate recommendations made on discharge

Any medication that your animal requires will be given to you at discharge. Details of this will be outlined on your discharge sheet, but please ask us if it is not clear what they require.

We are available 24 hours a day and if you have any problems at all please call us on 01332 678333.

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