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Post Operative Home Care 

1. POST ANAESTHETIC / SEDATION CARE

Your pet has been anaesthetised or sedated; he/she may be drowsy for up to the next 24 hours.

We recommend:

  • Keep your pet indoors tonight (give cats a litter tray but allow dogs out for necessary toilet activity).
  • Keep the animal in a warm, quiet area.
  • Your pet may have had a tube passed down his trachea (windpipe) whilst asleep so that he/she could breathe a gaseous anaesthetic. This may cause a slight cough for a day or two.

2. EXERCISE RESTRICTION

  • Strict cage rest required ~ keep animal indoors ~ lead exercise only for the recommended hours/days/weeks/ until reassessment.

3. DIETARY INSTRUCTIONS

  • Please feed your animal a small light meal this evening, e.g. chicken, fish or scrambled egg.
  • It may be necessary for your pet to have a convalescent diet plan following his/her treatment.

4. WOUND CARE

  • Check the wound daily for any excess swelling or wound seepage (this should be reported as should any abnormal sequel e.g. vomiting or excessive pain).
  • If your animal is likely to lick or chew at its wound, please ask for an Elizabethan collar to prevent the animal from harming itself.
  • The surgical site, unless you have been advised otherwise, should require no attention.

5. SPLINTS, PLASTER CASTS AND DRESSINGS.

  • Check the dressing at least twice a day.
  • It is extremely important that you keep all dressings, etc. dry. Cover bandaged or plastered limbs with a padded plastic bag for walks outside, but do not leave the plastic bag on for long periods.
  • It is important to keep your pet from jumping or playing as this may harm the healing process.
  • Ensure that your pet does not chew bandages, plaster casts, etc. It may be necessary for a special collar to be fitted to prevent this. Report any damage, moisture, swelling, chafing, discharge or smell from the dressing or cast to the surgery.

6. MEDICATION

  • Instructions for drugs are printed on label/s. It is important that these are followed and that the course is completed so that the medication is effective.

7. CLIPPED AREAS

  • Areas of hair have been clipped from the leg/s. This is necessary to administer the anaesthetic / take blood samples / intravenous fluids in a sterile manner. This will re-grow in 1 - 2 months.

8. NEXT APPOINTMENT

  • Please book follow- up appointments 2 days post-operatively (unless otherwise directed) for a check up and 10 days (unless otherwise directed) post-operatively for stitches to be removed.

If you have any queries please contact us on 01621 828381 or 828445.

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