Post-Op Instructions

  • Please keep your pet as calm and quiet as possible for the next 7-10 days to allow the incision site to heal.  Limit running, jumping, and excessive playing.
  • Do not let your pet lick, chew, or scratch at the incision site.  If needed, an e-collar (plastic cone) can be purchased at our clinic or local pet store.
  • Please monitor the incision site daily for excessive redness, swelling, or drainage.  As the wound heals, there may be a firm lump under the incision as the absorbable sutures break down.  Please contact the veterinarian if you are concerned.  Opening of the incision needs IMMEDIATE veterinary attention.
  • The sutures are absorbable and do not have to be removed.
  • Do not bathe your pet for the next 10 days.  The incision area needs to remain dry.
  • All pets have been tattooed with a green line.  This is to show they have been spayed/neutered.  It is located near the incision site.
  • Pets may not want to eat their full dinner the night of surgery.  Offer them half of their usual serving.
  • Your pet received pain medication that will last 24 hours.  Do NOT give your pet over the counter medication without consulting your veterinarian as serious side effects may occur.  Dogs will receive Metacam and cats will receive Onsior.
  • Puppies and kittens under 5 months of age will need follow-up vaccinations.
  • Heartworm and flea prevention are due every month – forever.
  • If your female was in heat at the time of surgery, you must keep them away from un-neutered males for at least 2 weeks.  If a male tries to mate with her, serious bleeding and trauma to the reproductive tract may occur, possibly resulting in death.
  • Feral cats should be kept in the trap for 24 hours in a temperature controlled area.  Loosely cover the trap.  You may offer food and water when they are awake and alert.  Place newspaper under the trap to absorb urine, etc.  Placing on bricks helps to keep the cat clean.

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