Generally, animals should be prevented
from running or rough play following any surgery, but instructions will
vary with the type of surgery performed. For example, a neutering
requires a shorter recovery period than a bone fracture repair.
On arriving home you should keep your pet
warm and comfortable by providing soft and clean bedding, preferably in
a quiet and draught free place. Unless otherwise instructed by the
veterinarian, your pet should be offered a drink of fresh water. After
a few hours a small amount of food may be given. Please keep your pet
indoors overnight, or longer if instructed to do so.
Some dogs will chew at the incision no
matter what, so owners should be prepared to use an Elizabethan
(Buster) collar to prevent them from reaching the area and undoing the
The wound edges should be apposed with
the skin looking normal or slightly reddish-pink in colour. Should you
observe large quantity of blood, or intermittent blood seepage
continuing for more than 12 hours, immediately contact the clinic. Any
swellings, excessive redness of the skin or discharge should also be
reported to the clinic immediately.
In general, most skin stitches are
removed 7 to 14 days after the surgery. You will be advised to bring
your pet in to have its stitches removed, if necessary.
Please ensure that your pet receives the
medication prescribed to him or her at the time of discharge from the
If you have any undue worries or
concerns, please contact the clinic.