Pain medication is given before, during and after surgery (including a prescription of pain control to take home) to reduce post-operative pain. We take pain control very seriously at Good Sam!
When you arrive home, offer small amounts of water until your pet no longer drinks it at all. When thirst is quenched return to the usual free choice water. This usually happens a few hours after returning home, if not sooner. Offer a small amount of food (some pets may not be interested in eating the night after surgery) By the next day you may feed normally.
Expect to see bruising and swelling during the healing phase. During the couple of weeks after surgery, the incision sites should be monitored for increased redness, swelling, or drainage. If any of these symptoms are observed, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Always keep the surgery site clean and dry.
Do not allow your pet to scratch or lick the surgery site! When this happens, serious injury and complications are likely to occur. We recommend using an e-collar, bitter lotions/sprays formulated for pets, and/or t-shirts or socks to cover wounds and keep your pet from causing damage to themselves. Oftentimes treats and toys along with close monitoring will also help to encourage a pet to leave their surgery site alone and rest quietly.
During the first 2-3 days: Ice pack the incision 2-3 times a day for 10-20 minutes. A 2 lb bag of frozen peas makes an excellent ice pack. It easily conforms to the pet and is reusable. A towel in between the pet and the ice pack is recommended so that the incision does not get moist.
After 2-3 days: Warm compresses applied to the surgery site 2-3 times daily for 15-20 minutes help to reduce swelling and irritation. A warm, wet washcloth placed inside a Ziploc baggie works well.
The effects of sedatives and anesthesia can last for a few hours to a few days. Variations occur due to age, size and metabolism. Please anticipate sleepiness, disorientation, restlessness and/or vocalizing as the effects of the drugs wear off. Protect your pet from falling off furniture, downstairs, etc. Be sure your pet is in a quiet place, away from the activities of the household, and keep young children away from your pet until your pet is back to normal.
NO running, jumping, roughhousing, swimming, or other strenuous activity for the next 10-14 days. Dogs should be kept kenneled when left alone and NO off-leash exercise is allowed during the recovery period. Short on-leash potty breaks are perfectly acceptable.
If needed, a sling under the belly can be used for added support when walking, especially on slippery surfaces.
At Good Samaritan Pet Doctor, our patients are discharged the same day as surgery or dental care. Owners make excellent caregivers and often pets prefer to recover in the comfort of their own home. Sometimes additional overnight veterinary care will become necessary. In situations when it is unsafe for an animal to return home at the end of the day, Good Sam will recommend transfer to an overnight veterinary facility.
After-surgery care will be provided by either your full-service veterinarian or an overnight veterinary center of your choice.
Our services are intended to get your pet through surgery at a lower cost, so you are better able to afford additional post-op care when required.
Some reasons your pet may need additional veterinary care after surgery