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Post op info: How to help your pet recover safely and swiftly

Post-operative care is crucial for the recovery and well-being of dogs and cats following surgery. 

We’ve put together a comprehensive guide for post-operative surgical advice for our patients.

Rest and Restriction

Provide a quiet, comfortable and confined area for your pet to rest and recover. 

Use a crate or small room to limit movement and prevent injury.

Restrict your pet's activity to short leash walks for bathroom breaks only. 

Avoid running, jumping, climbing stairs or engaging in strenuous activity.

Pain Management

Administer any prescribed pain medications as directed by our team to keep your pet comfortable during the recovery period.

Monitor your pet for signs of pain, such as restlessness, panting or vocalisation – and contact us if you have concerns.

Incision Care

Keep the surgical incision site clean and dry. 

Follow any specific wound care instructions provided by our team.

Monitor the incision site daily for signs of redness, swelling, discharge or odour. 

Contact us if you notice any abnormalities.

Bandage and Splint Care

If your pet has a bandage or splint, ensure it remains clean, dry and intact.

Monitor the bandage or splint for signs of slipping, loosening or irritation. 

Contact our team if adjustments are needed.

Nutrition and Hydration

Ensure your pet has access to fresh water at all times to stay hydrated.

Feed them a balanced diet to support healing and recovery – and follow any dietary recommendations we’ve provided.

Medication Administration

Administer any prescribed medications, including antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs, as directed by our team.

Do not give your pet any additional medications without consulting with us first.

Activity Management

Gradually increase your pet's activity level once signed off to do so by our team. 

Start with short, leash walks and gradually extend the duration and intensity over time.

Avoid allowing your pet to engage in rough play or high-impact activities until we’ve checked them over and told you they’re ready.

Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy

We may recommend physical therapy exercises or rehabilitation sessions to improve your pet's strength, mobility and joint function.

Follow any prescribed exercise programs or rehabilitation protocols closely to facilitate your pet's recovery.

Follow-Up Appointments

Schedule follow-up appointments with us as recommended to monitor your pet's progress, remove any sutures or staples, and assess surgical site healing.

Attend all scheduled appointments to ensure proper healing and address any concerns promptly.

Monitoring and Contact Information

Keep a close eye on your pet's overall condition and behaviour throughout the recovery period.

By following these guidelines and providing attentive care, your pet will be back to their old self in no time. 

Send us a message if there is anything you are not sure of and one of the team will get back to you. We are here to help!

Your pet is in safe hands

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