You may initially feel at a loss if you see your pet struggling with discomfort and fatigue after surgery. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to alleviate his or her pain and speed up the recovery process after leaving your animal clinic. Here are five ways to take care of your pet after surgery:
Allow for Plenty of Relaxation Time: Your pet will undoubtedly be tired after the procedure, so let him or her rest comfortably in a quiet part of the home for about seven days. Keep your pet indoors during recovery time.
Isolate Your Pet: Although your pet will need your attention and love, it’s best to keep any fellow pets or children at a distance. The surgical incisions need to stay well protected, which means your other dogs or cats will have to temporarily stay away from their furry pal. Keeping your pet isolated will also help him or her stay calm and rested.
Check for Signs of Infection: The pet should see a veterinarian if the incision site swells excessively or creates a pouch-like shape. For female pets, it is not abnormal for a firm lump to form around this site. If the incision bleeds heavily, this is also cause for a trip to your animal clinic.
Anticipate an Occasional Accident: Most pets are weaker than normal after surgery and can’t engage in their normal bathroom habits. Try to work with your pet to get him to go in his usual place, but don’t scold your pet for any accidents that may occur during recovery time.
Stay Alert for Serious Complications: If your pet refuses to drink water or eat, is lethargic for 24 hours, vomits, or has diarrhea, contact your veterinarian or emergency medical clinic immediately. These are serious signs you must never ignore.
It’s important to remember that your pet will be dependent on you during this time. The veterinarians and trained staff here at The Vet House can help you prepare for your pet’s post-surgical care and provide you with support should you need it. Give us a call today at (972) 690-8741.