Your Pet’s Comfort and Health is our Priority

Care of your pet following surgery or hospitalization:

  • Proper Restraint
    Please protect your pet when leaving the hospital by using either a leash or a carrier. Excessive activity may result in your pet getting loose or may result in injury if your pet is recovering from surgery. Do not allow your pet to become overly active and excited when you pick him/her up from the hospital.
  • Food and Water
    With the excitement of returning home after surgery, your pet may be inclined to drink and eat excessively, which may likely result in vomiting. To avoid this, we recommend restricting access to water for an hour or so until your pet has quieted down. Then, allow only small amounts for the first 8 hours. Normal feeding may resume the next day.
  • Diet
    If a special diet has been prescribed, please follow the instructions carefully.
  • Eliminations
    Many patients may not have a bowel movement for 24 to 36 hours after surgery. This is normal.
  • Exercise and Activity
    Patients recovering from surgery or illness should have limited exercise. Avoid access to stairs or situations that may lead to injury. Due to the effects of anesthesia, he/she may be groggy for 12 hours.
  • Medications
    If dispensed, it is important to follow directions carefully.
  • Sutures
    Discourage your pet from licking or chewing at the sutures. Please check the incision daily for any swelling, redness, or discharge. If sutures appear irritated or infected, notify us immediately. If sutures are used, they should be removed 7 to 10 days after the operation.