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Your dog or cat has undergone general anesthesia and surgical sterilization. For the safety and well being of you and your animal, we recommend that the following postoperative instructions be carefully followed:
- Dogs and cats must be kept indoors after surgery. This will enable you to carefully monitor recovery and will prevent complications and possible death from exposure to outdoor temperature extremes and excessive activity.
- As when any anesthesia is used, stomach upset can occur. To avoid, restrict the amount of food and water your dog or cat has access to during the first 3 hours at home after surgery. Do not offer food to patients immediately upon returning home; wait 3 hours after you return home. Gradually increase the amount of food and water over the next 24 hours.
- Restrict your animal’s activity for the next 7 days. Do not allow running or jumping.
- Check the incision at least twice daily until healed. A small amount of blood seepage is normal immediately after surgery. Should you notice any continued drainage or swelling, please contact the clinic immediately. We strongly recommend an Elizabethan collar (E-collar) to prevent self-trauma. In addition, call the clinic if vomiting, pale gums, extreme lethargy, or abnormal breathing is noted.
- If the incision should become dirty, gently clean the area with a cotton ball and warm water (do not use often – it can be irritating to the incision).
- You must not allow your dog or cat to get wet for at least 7 days after surgery. For this reason, bathing is also prohibited for at least one week after surgery.
- The sutures are dissolvable and should not require removal. External sutures/staples may be removed at 7 days to reduce inflammation. Because male cat neuters do not require the use of sutures, we advise using shredded newspaper or pine litter in your cat’s litter box for 7 days after surgery to prevent dust particles from irritating the incisions.
- DO NOT GIVE ASPIRIN OR TYLENOL TO DOGS AND CATS FOR PAIN RELIEF UNLESS SPECIFICALLY PRESCRIBED BY YOUR VETERINARIAN. TYLENOL IS TOXIC TO ANIMALS, AND ASPIRIN CAN BE DEADLY IF ADMINISTERED AFTER SURGERY. Only use the prescribed medication given and follow instructions provided on the drug label.
- If you have any questions about your animal’s condition after surgery, please call the clinic. For emergencies requiring immediate attention, call your local emergency clinic.
For other questions about your animal's health or for emergencies not related to surgery, contact our clinic during normal business hours, your private veterinarian, or the nearest animal emergency clinic (listed in the Yellow Pages under "Veterinary & Animal Hospitals" and on our website).