No food after midnight the night before. Water is ok.

Please drop your pet off between 7:30-8:30 am the day of surgery.

CARE FOR YOUR PET FOLLOWING SURGERY

The following will help answer the most common questions that arise after these operations. An animal’s pain threshold is much higher than a human’s, therefore animals do not exhibit as much discomfort following surgery.

RECOVERY:
Each animal recovers from anesthesia at a different rate. Your pet will not be discharged from the hospital if he or she is unable to walk out. Some animals may still stagger slightly upon release. Spayed dogs and cats should be kept indoors for a week. No running, jumping, or stairs should be permitted for 2-3 days after surgery. Restrict vigorous exercise for 7-10 days following surgery.

FEEDING:
After surgery, your pet may be inclined to drink and eat excessively which can result in vomiting. To avoid this, wait a few hours after you take your pet home to feed them. Feed half of the normal amount that you usually feed. Normal feeding schedule may be resumed in 12 hours.

THE INCISION:
* Check the incision daily. Watch for pain, redness swelling, or discharge.
* A small amount of hemorrhage, or swelling, will occasionally occur at the incision site. This occurs when blood pools under the skin. When the animal moves, a drop or two may discharge through the sutures. If bleeding is excessive or continues for more than 24 hours, please notify us.
* Occasionally a hard lump will appear at the site of the incision. This is often a reaction to the suture material or can be a result of blood pooling under the skin. If it gets noticeably larger, please call us.
* Keep the incision clean and dry. No bathing until incision is healed and sutures are removed.
* Animals will often lick at the site of the incision. This can be a result of itching from being closely shaven or irritation from the suture material. A belly band can be applied over the incision of females. A restraint collar can also be used if needed.

SUTURES:
If sutures or staples were used for incision closure, they should be removed in 10 days unless otherwise noted.

DECLAW:
Use yesterday’s news for 3-4 days in your cat’s litter box. If you run out of the yesterday’s news before then, you can cut newspapers into strips and put them in the litter box. We do not recommend using any cat toys for 7 days while the paws heal.

PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS. IF WE ARE UNAVAILABLE, PLEASE CONTACT NORTHWOOD VETERINARY HOSPITAL AND EMERGENCY SERVICE AT 1-800-341-6111.