Pets undergo surgery for many different reasons. Whether it’s a routine spay or neuter procedure or something more serious, proper post-operative care is essential. Below are some tips for keeping your furry best friend healthy, happy, and comfortable after surgery.
At the Vet’s Office:
Prior to leaving the vet’s office, you’ll likely be given an instruction sheet for at-home care. If you have any questions at all, no matter how silly they may seem, don’t be hesitant to ask! If a follow-up exam is necessary, also be sure to schedule that appointment. Most importantly, ask where you can seek after-hours veterinary care in case your pet experiences a complication.
It’s important for your pet to take it easy and get plenty of rest following surgery. Some dogs and cats may want to try to return to playing and being active too soon, so setting up a confined quiet space may be the best option. Supervise all eating, drinking, and bathroom breaks and note anything out of the ordinary. Be sure to administer any medication according to schedule. You may be inclined to want to show your four-legged best friend plenty of love during recovery, but sometimes animals experiencing pain or discomfort need space. Do your best to read your pet’s signals and always seek veterinary advice if you have any questions or concerns.