Most of the pet owners will face the situation of pets surgery, a good hospital or doctor will help to heal your pets back to its best. As a pet owner, however, a great post-surgery care will give your pets a quality and fast recovery.
Food can be given to your pets usually a few hours after arriving home. However, you have to control the intake pace of you pets. (not too fast!) You may offer half of the normal portion of the meal at first. If your pets still looks hungry, you may offer the rest of the meal after a short period of time (~1.5hours). Keep in mind that reducing the size of the meal may prevent your pet from nausea and vomiting.
Tips: Water intake shouldn’t be limited unless specify.
General anesthetic or sedative may take several hours for your pets to wear off. It may also cause some pets appear to be tired and drowsy for a day. In the upcoming day or two, your pet activeness will become normal gradually. However, do contact the doctor or hospital without hesitation if there are any concerned.
Tips: Avoid high intensity activity for your pets which could cause excessive strain on the wound.
Your pets may try to clean his surgical site by licking. If you have been given a protective collar (often referred to as a “cone” or E-collar), please ensure it is used in order to ensure your pets from biting or licking at its body or scratching at its head or neck while wounds or injuries. Many dogs find these collars strange at first and will attempt to remove them. However, after a short period most dogs will settle in wearing the collar.
Tips: It is better to keep the collar on all the time, rather than to take it on and off. The stricter you are with keeping the cone on, the quicker your pet will get used to it.
Monitor the incision daily for any swelling, bruising, bleeding and oozing. Surgical incisions need to remain dry to prevent infection. Keep checking the incision frequently until it is completely healed. If there is any drainage, use tap water and a soft cloth or paper towels to gently clean it. Incisions generally heal within 7 to 14 days. External sutures, staples, etc. should be removed by the veterinary team. Some incisions are closed with buried, absorbable sutures that do not require removal.
Tips: Do not let your pet lick the incision, as licking can introduce infection or pull the stitches out.
Your pets might have a difficult time after surgery in getting up or in the car, and need a little help. A long towel can be used as a sling under the hind end to give support. A sling is easily made or can be purchased at a pet supply store. Many styles and brands are available, including unisex and some for males.
Tips: You can make a sling by using a towel. With a leash or harness on your dog, place the towel sling under the belly in a U-shape with the ends up over the back.
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