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Post-operative advice

If your pet's treatment requires having a general anaesthetic or a sedative, he/she may be sleepy, possibly until the next day.

After surgery make sure your pet is kept indoors overnight and is quiet and warm. Animals can lose body heat very quickly, especially following anaesthesia.

  • If your pet has a wound, prevent licking of the area either by verbal command or if necessary, we can supply you with an Elizabethan Collar. This collar should be used when you are unable to watch the animal yourself.
      • After the operation, dogs with stitches should have gentle lead exercise only until the stitches are removed and cats with stitches should be kept indoors until the stitches are removed. Stitch removal usually takes place 10-12 days after the operation.
          • If your pet doesn’t start to eat after 24 hours, it would be helpful to try his/her favourites, warming the food up helps to make it tastier. If all this fails, syringe feeding may become necessary. Please contact us for advice.
              • If your pet has had dental work, particularly extractions, then he/she should be kept on a soft diet for 7-10 days; this will assist the healing process.
                  • If your pet has a bandage, keep it dry and clean. Should there be any swelling around the bandage, loosen it by cutting into the side and contact your vet during normal working hours.
                    • If you are at all worried, please contact the surgery.

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