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POST SURGICAL CARE

Has your pet undergone a surgical procedure with us? Please refer to the information below to provide proper care for your pets.

Post-Dental Extraction Care

We would expect your pet to be back to their normal self by the next day; normal energy levels & normal appetite.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR PET ARRIVES HOME:

  • Your pet was given a general anaesthetic today, these medications can take a number of hours to wear off.
  • There may be a small shaved area of hair on their leg – this was for the intravenous anaesthetic injection.
  • Your pet may be a little quiet and lethargic this evening, but this is normal, as they are still recovering.
  • You should keep your pet warm and comfortable indoors for the next 48 hours, if possible.
  • There may be a small amount of blood-tinged saliva, this is normal and should subside within a day.

WHEN TO FEED YOUR PET:

  • Offer your pet approximately half of his/her normal dinner tonight.
  • Most animals will eat when they arrive home, but if they only eat a small amount tonight, or don’t eat at all, this can be normal. We would like them to be eating well by tomorrow.
  • Please feed soft food for 6 days.
  • Some animals may experience nausea after general anaesthesia, so dividing the meal into smaller portions may decrease the risk of nausea and vomiting.
  • Please contact us if your pet is not eating, or has any vomiting or diarrhoea

IS YOUR PET COUGHING?

  • Your pet has had a tube placed in the trachea (windpipe) during anaesthesia.
  • This is done in order to administer oxygen and anaesthetic gas.
  • This can cause mild irritation and a slight cough; this should usually diminish over the next 24 hours.
  • If the coughing persists, worsens, or you are concerned at all, please contact us.

MEDICATION:

  • After surgery, you may be sent home with some oral medications for your pet.
  • If you have been given any medications, please read the label carefully.
  • Ensure that you administer all medication as instructed.
  • If you have any trouble giving medication to your pet, please contact us for advice.

DOGS

POST DESEXING CARE – MALE DOG

We would expect your pet to be back to their normal self by the next day; normal energy levels & normal appetite.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR PET ARRIVES HOME:

  • Your pet was given a general anaesthetic today, these medications can take a number of hours to wear off.
  • There may be a small shaved area of hair on their leg – this was for the intravenous anaesthetic injection.
  • Your pet may be a little quiet and lethargic this evening, but this is normal, as they are still recovering.
  • You should keep your pet warm and comfortable indoors for the next 48 hours, if possible.
  • Avoid running, jumping, and other strenuous activities that could cause excessive strain on their wound.

WHEN TO FEED YOUR PET:

  • Offer your pet approximately half of his/her normal dinner tonight, then resume normal feeding.
  • Some animals may experience nausea after general anaesthesia, so dividing the meal into smaller portions may decrease the risk of nausea and vomiting.
  • Please contact us if your pet is not eating, or has any vomiting or diarrhoea.

SURGICAL INCISION CARE:

  • Please keep the area clean and dry. It is essential to avoid swimming or baths.
  • Please monitor the surgical site daily for any redness, swelling or discharge.
  • If your pet is over 6months old, some moderate swelling and bruising is common.
  • Please bring your pet back to us in 10-14 days for the stitches to be removed.

HOW TO STOP YOUR PET LICKING / CHEWING STITCHES:

  • Your pet may instinctively try to clean his/her surgical site by licking.
  • If you have been given an E-Collar, please ensure it is used at all times in order to prevent this behaviour.
  • Many pets find these E-Collars strange at first, and will attempt to remove them.
  • After a short period of time most will settle down and tolerate the E-Collar.
  • It only takes a few seconds of chewing for a pet to remove stitches or damage the surgical site.

IS YOUR PET COUGHING?

  • Your pet has had a tube placed in the trachea (windpipe) during anaesthesia.
  • This is done in order to administer oxygen and anaesthetic gas.
  • This can cause mild irritation and a slight cough; this should usually diminish over the next 24 hours.
  • If the coughing persists, worsens, or you are concerned at all, please contact us.

MEDICATION:

  • After surgery, you may be sent home with some oral medications for your pet.
  • If you have been given any medications, please read the label carefully.
  • Ensure that you administer all medication as instructed.
  • If you have any trouble giving medication to your pet, please contact us for advice.

POST DESEXING CARE- FEMALE DOG

We would expect your pet to be back to their normal self by the next day; normal energy levels & normal appetite.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR PET ARRIVES HOME:

  • Your pet was given a general anaesthetic today, these medications can take a number of hours to wear off.
  • There may be a small shaved area of hair on their leg – this was for the intravenous anaesthetic injection.
  • Your pet may be a little quiet and lethargic this evening, but this is normal, as they are still recovering.
  • You should keep your pet warm and comfortable indoors for the next 48 hours, if possible.
  • Avoid running, jumping, and other strenuous activities that could cause excessive strain on their wound.

WHEN TO FEED YOUR PET:

  • Offer your pet approximately half of his/her normal dinner tonight, then resume normal feeding.
  • Some animals may experience nausea after general anaesthesia, so dividing the meal into smaller portions may decrease the risk of nausea and vomiting.
  • Please contact us if your pet is not eating, or has any vomiting or diarrhoea.

SURGICAL INCISION CARE:

  • Please keep the area clean and dry.
  • It is essential to avoid swimming or baths, as this can introduce bacteria and lead to infection.
  • Please monitor the surgical site daily for any redness, swelling or discharge.
  • Please bring your pet back to us in 10-14 days for the stitches to be removed.

HOW TO STOP YOUR PET LICKING / CHEWING STITCHES:

  • Your pet may instinctively try to clean his/her surgical site by licking.
  • If you have been given an E-Collar, please ensure it is used at all times in order to prevent this behaviour.
  • Many pets find these E-Collars strange at first, and will attempt to remove them.
  • After a short period of time most will settle down and tolerate the E-Collar.
  • If you have not been given an E-Collar and you notice your pet is beginning to lick or chew their incision, please contact us so that we can provide you with one.
  • It only takes a few seconds of chewing for a pet to remove stitches or damage the surgical site.

IS YOUR PET COUGHING?

  • Your pet has had a tube placed in the trachea (windpipe) during anaesthesia.
  • This is done in order to administer oxygen and anaesthetic gas.
  • This can cause mild irritation and a slight cough; this should usually diminish over the next 24 hours.
  • If the coughing persists, worsens, or you are concerned at all, please contact us.

MEDICATION:

  • After surgery, you may be sent home with some oral medications for your pet.
  • If you have been given any medications, please read the label carefully.
  • Ensure that you administer all medication as instructed.
  • If you have any trouble giving medication to your pet, please contact us for advice.

CATS

POST DESEXING CARE – MALE CAT

We would expect your pet to be back to their normal self by the next day; normal energy levels & normal appetite.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR PET ARRIVES HOME:

  • Your pet was given a general anaesthetic today, these medications can take a number of hours to wear off.
  • There may be a small shaved area of hair on their leg – this was for the intravenous anaesthetic injection.
  • Your pet may be a little quiet and lethargic this evening, but this is normal, as they are still recovering.
  • You should keep your pet warm and comfortable indoors for the next 48 hours, if possible.
  • Avoid running, jumping, and other strenuous activities that could cause excessive strain on their wound.

 

WHEN TO FEED YOUR PET:

  • Offer you pet approximately half of his/her normal dinner tonight, then resume normal feeding.
  • Some animals may experience nausea after general anaesthesia, so dividing the meal into smaller portions may decrease the risk of nausea and vomiting.
  • Please contact us if your pet is not eating, has any vomiting or diarrhoea.

 

SURGICAL INCISION CARE:

  • Please keep the area clean and dry.
  • It is essential to avoid swimming or baths, as this can introduce bacteria and lead to infection.
  • Please monitor the surgical site daily for any redness, swelling or discharge.
  • Your pet does not have any stitches, male cats heal very well and do not require them.

 

HOW TO STOP YOUR PET LICKING / CHEWING STITCHES:

  • Your pet may instinctively try to clean his/her surgical site by licking.
  • If you have not been given an E-Collar and you notice your pet is beginning to lick or chew their incision, please contact us so that we can provide you with one.
  • It only takes a few seconds of chewing for a pet to remove stitches or damage the surgical site.

 

IS YOUR PET COUGHING?

  • Your pet may have had a tube placed in the trachea (windpipe) during anaesthesia.
  • This is done in order to administer oxygen and anaesthetic gas.
  • This can cause mild irritation and a slight cough; this should usually diminish over the next 24 hours.
  • If the coughing persists, worsens, or you are concerned at all, please contact us.

 

MEDICATION:

  • After surgery, you may be sent home with some oral medications for your pet.
  • If you have been given any medications, please read the label carefully.
  • Ensure that you administer all medication as instructed.
  • If you have any trouble giving medication to your pet, please contact us for advice.

POST DESEXING CARE – FEMALE CAT

We would expect your pet to be back to their normal self by the next day; normal energy levels & normal appetite.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR PET ARRIVES HOME:

  • Your pet was given a general anaesthetic today, these medications can take a number of hours to wear off.
  • There may be a small shaved area of hair on their leg – this was for the intravenous anaesthetic injection.
  • Your pet may be a little quiet and lethargic this evening, but this is normal, as they are still recovering.
  • You should keep your pet warm and comfortable indoors for the next 48 hours, if possible.
  • Avoid running, jumping, and other strenuous activities that could cause excessive strain on their wound.

 

WHEN TO FEED YOUR PET:

  • Offer you pet approximately half of his/her normal dinner tonight, then resume normal feeding.
  • Some animals may experience nausea after general anaesthesia, so dividing the meal into smaller portions may decrease the risk of nausea and vomiting.
  • Please contact us if your pet is not eating, has any vomiting or diarrhoea.

 

SURGICAL INCISION CARE:

  • Please keep the area clean and dry.
  • It is essential to avoid swimming or baths, as this can introduce bacteria and lead to infection.
  • Please monitor the surgical site daily for any redness, swelling or discharge.
  • The stitches on the side of her abdomen are “dissolving” stitches.
  • You do not have to bring your pet in to have these stitches removed.
  • These stiches take approximately 4-6weeks to dissolve.

 

HOW TO STOP YOUR PET LICKING / CHEWING STITCHES:

  • Your pet may instinctively try to clean his/her surgical site by licking.
  • If you have not been given an E-Collar and you notice your pet is beginning to lick or chew their incision, please contact us so that we can provide you with one.
  • It only takes a few seconds of chewing for a pet to remove stitches or damage the surgical site.

 

IS YOUR PET COUGHING?

  • Your pet may have had a tube placed in the trachea (windpipe) during anaesthesia.
  • This is done in order to administer oxygen and anaesthetic gas.
  • This can cause mild irritation and a slight cough; this should usually diminish over the next 24 hours.
  • If the coughing persists, worsens, or you are concerned at all, please contact us.

 

MEDICATION:

  • After surgery, you may be sent home with some oral medications for your pet.
  • If you have been given any medications, please read the label carefully.
  • Ensure that you administer all medication as instructed.
  • If you have any trouble giving medication to your pet, please contact us for advice.

If you have any further questions regarding your pet’s procedure, please do not hesitate to
ask one of our nurses or veterinarians on 02 9743 1715

Contact Us 

Please submit your enquiry, and our team shall respond within 24 hours. If the matter is urgent or an emergency, kindly contact us directly at 02 9743 1715. For emergencies outside of regular business hours, please reach Sash Vet ICU at 02 9889 0289.

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