Caring for your pet after their surgical procedure can be a very daunting task. This section is designed to give you an overview of the things to expect with your pets recovery.
PLEASE NOTE: These notes are to be used as a guide only. Your pets nurse will run through all of their homecare requirements with you on the day of their procedure.
We have attached a .pdf of generalised homecare notes to this link. Please read through this information sheet for an overview of the homecare required for your pet after an anaesthetic. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or additional concerns.
After The Surgery Questions and Answers
Q. Can my dog exercise?
A. Most pets are on bed rest for the first 1 - 2 days after a surgical procedure, and then enforced rest until 10 days post-procedure when the sutures can come out. Your nurse may advise you that you can take your dog for a short walk on the lead to burn off pent up energy, but they generally will not be allowed to run, jump or play with other dogs. Some patients having surgery, for example cruciate surgery, will require much more strict exercise restriction, and this will be discussed with you at the time of your pets procedure.
Q. Can my pet have a bath while they have stitches in?
A. No. Please do not bath your pet while they have sutures in. They will also need to withhold from swimming. We need the wound to dry out in order to heal. Similarly, please ensure your pet stays clean.
Q. How long will the stitches be in for?
A. Stitches will need to be in for a minimum of 10 days, unless instructed otherwise. Some pets may need to have their sutures in for a little bit longer, but this will be discussed with you at the time of their procedure.
Q. Can I feed my pet?
A. Yes, please feed your pet little and often for the first night, of their regular diet unless instructed otherwise.
For more information, please download and read through this .pdf. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or additional concerns.