Pet Care Guides

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After Surgery Care

  1. If your pet had surgery today, this is not to be taken lightly. You are responsible for your pet’s aftercare.
  2. Your pet needs to be kept warm and quiet. Isolate your pet in a dry, warm, quiet place where it will not be allowed to play or jump.
  3. Your pet cannot go outside without an adult and must be kept on a leash for 7 to 10 days after surgery.
  4. Your pet cannot lick at the incision. This will cause infection. If you have this problem, please call us.
  5. Keep your pet away from children and other animals. Your pet cannot play, jump or run because stitches could give way, causing severe pain and additional surgery for your pet.
  6. Your pet cannot get wet for 7 to 10 days after surgery.
  7. Your pet will need to have sutures removed, if they have them, 10 days after surgery. Cats will not have stitches so you will need to watch for licking of the incision.
  8. Do not pick up the animal by its front legs or shoulders. To pick up your pet, put your arms around its bottom and around its chest.
  9. Your pet should eat and drink within the first 24 hours following surgery.
  10. Give your pet small portions of soft food and fresh water. Feeding or watering your pet excessively may cause vomiting and/or diarrhea.
  11. Do not give any type of pain medication including Tylenol, Aspirin or Ibuprofen.

If you feel there is a problem with your pet, please call us immediately!
Warrenton Animal Clinic

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