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How to care for your pet after surgery
When your pet is discharged after surgery, it may still appear quite drowsy. However, this will wear off in the next 24 hours. You may notice a clipped area on one of it's forelegs, this is the anaesthetic injection site. Occassionally some bruising may be present. The hair will usually grow back in 4-6 weeks. Sometimes, your pet may have a slight cough. This could be due to the tube that was placed into your pet's windpipe during the anaesthetic. This cough should subside within a few days.
Feeding your pet
Do not feed your pet for at least an hour after you come home. After an hour, you can offer a small amount of water. Some pets can be quite nauseous after surgery, and may not be interested in food. If your pet drinks the water, and does not appear to be nauseus, you can offer a small meal. If your pet is still very nauseous, don't offer a meal until the next morning. It is common for a pet to be quite drowsy after the surgery, and quiter than usual for a few days after the surgery. Don't leave your pet unsupervised with a bowl of water if he or she is still very drowsy.

Caring for the wound
Inspect the wound daily to check that it is healing well. You do not need to clean the wound, but it is important to ensure that the wound is kept dry. Don't give your pet a bath until the stitches have been removed. If you notice your pet chewing at the stitches, you can try spraying some Wound-Gard® onto the wound.This is an antiseptic with a bitter and unpleasant taste, and may stop your pet chewing at the stitches.

Inspecting the wound
  • Check that all the stitches are still there.
  • Note if there is any discharge, and if there is any change in the amount of discharge.
    For the first few days, there may be some blood tinged fluid oozing from the wound. This is quite normal, and it should settle within a few days. The area may also feel hot and inflammed. However, if the discharge gets heavier, or there is an increased amount of bleeding, please contact your Veterinarian.
    Please inform the Veterinarian, if there is any discharge which turns greenish, or has an unpleasant odour, as this could be a sign of infection.
Exercise after surgery
It is advisable to keep your pet as quiet as possible until the stitches are removed. Picking them up gently, and nursing them will not hurt the wound. However, the activities to avoid include jumping (especially fences), and swimming.

Removal of stitches
The stitches are normally removed ten to fourteen days after the surgery. The Veterinarian will check that the wound has healed properly, before removing the stitches.
Removing the stitches is a pain free procedure, and after the stitches have been removed, it is safe to give your pet a bath.