General Post Operative Care

Diet

Your pet has had a general anaesthetic so should be given a light diet as recommended by the veterinary nurse. Small amounts of water should be offered. Should your pet vomit then withhold food for 12 hours and offer water little and often. If vomiting continues after that please ring for advice.

Stitches

Evidence of a general anaesthetic is a shave mark, usually on the right foreleg. Stitches (sutures) will either be of the dissolving kind or will have to be removed 10 – 14 days after the operation. The nurse will inform you which type have been used and when to come back if necessary. There is no charge for removing stitches.

It is most important that when an abdominal operation has been performed that your pet must not be allowed to run, jump, stretch or become excited until the wound has healed. We recommend restricted exercise - literally no walks - just outside, on a lead, to urinate and defecate as necessary for at least 10 days or until the stitches are removed.

Buster Collar

If your pet is sent home with a buster collar we recommend wearing this at all times until the wound has healed.

Post Op Swelling

Frequently, particularly when large tumours have been removed, the dead space remaining under the skin will fill up with serum, due to the continual movement of the animal. This is seen as a fluctuating swelling and is best left alone unless it becomes excessive. Please ring for advice.

Most routine operation patients recover uneventfully so there will be no further charge after the initial payment. However, due to the unpredictability of living tissue, coupled with the animal’s natural instinct to clean its wounds and occasionally take out its own stitches, further work may become necessary which is chargeable.