General Care of Pets After Surgery

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Just like with humans, surgery is taxing for your pet. While each person responds differently after surgery, animals are the same except they can’t tell you how they feel. But there are some consistencies for all animals after experiencing surgery that will help the healing process. Following these guidelines will ensure that your pet has a smoother recovery.

Pay Attention to the Incision Area

One of the most important things you can do to help in the healing process is to watch the incision area. According to Diana Bocco with PetMD, it is important to keep the incision covered when the animal is going outside. Otherwise, it can be left exposed unless you have been instructed otherwise by your veterinarian. Don’t use alcohol or peroxide on the incision area as this does not help the healing process. If the area looks as if it is not healing properly, contact your veterinarian. Things to watch for include:

  • Discharge from the incision area
  • Hot to the touch
  • Open gaps to the incision area

Keep Them as Inactive as Possible

Your pet may or may not naturally want to rest after surgery. They must take it easy for the purpose of healing. Keep your pet limited on their activity taking the advice of your vet as to how long the recovery should take. Smaller incision areas typically require less time to heal, but while that incision is present it mustn’t reopen.

What to Expect from a Recovering Pet

Animals will naturally be calm and possibly sleep several hours after surgery. This is normal and you should not worry about this behavior. Your veterinarian will provide information about post-operative care. Follow these directions specifically because they are what is best for your pet. Your pet also needs your attention and concern. They may be extra cuddly or want some more affection than usual. Be prepared to love on your pet as you would a sick child.  Contact us to help you with your pet’s surgical or general veterinary needs. We are happy to make the care of your pet our top priority.