When it comes to the post-op care of pets, we cannot speak of a standard procedure because each animal is unique and reacts differently to surgery. This reaction also depends on the age and condition as well as on the type of intervention suffered. A discussion with your veterinarian is recommended when you are discharged in order to feel prepared and to provide your best friend with the necessary support for a speedy recovery. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and take notes.
Beside respecting the indications received from the veterinarian, after an operation it would be useful to consider the following aspects:
- Assure it a comfortable crib
Does your pet have a comfortable crib? If so, wash it before it comes home. If not, this is the perfect opportunity to buy one. Your four-legged friend will appreciate a clean and comfortable place to rest and recover. Also, make sure that it is placed on the floor and not to the height to prevent jumps. Avoid stairs and if it is a small animal help him climb.
- Give your pet a quiet space
Like humans, pets need peace of mind when recovering from an operation. If you have other animals and / or children, be sure to prepare a space for it in a separate room so that it can rest properly.
- Don’t encourage play
During the post-op period, it is recommended that you do not encourage play to avoid running or jumping. These can be extremely harmful and it is best to prevent. Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to avoid them.
- Pay attention to certain signs
Watch your furry friend for signs of a possible infection. Among the elements to consider are odor, discoloration and / or redness, exaggerated heating of the area where the operation was performed; the appearance of pus, bruises or leaks; fever; lethargy; vomiting and / or diarrhea; anorexia. It is important to contact your veterinarian immediately if you notice any of these signs.
- Avoid bathing
Avoid bathing your pet until it is completely restored. It is not desirable to wet the area where the surgery was performed. In addition, if the weather is rainy, do not let it sit in a puddle or in the mud. If the wound is on the abdomen, it is recommended to cover it with a hydrophobic material.
- Prevent your pet from licking his fur from the area where the surgery took place
If your pet has just undergone surgery, prevent him from licking because this can cause infection or suture release. Be sure to wear the collar worn by your veterinarian for about two weeks.
- Make sure your pet drink enough water
Hydration is extremely important during the recovery period. Make sure you make enough water available to it, and change it at intervals more often. Follow the amount of the drink.
- Give your pet a lot of love
Last but not least, your friend needs a lot of attention and love during this time. Pet it and kiss it on the forehead to make it feel loved and safe.
If you take into consideration all this, be convinced that you will contribute to the faster recovery of your pet. Our specialists are here for any questions you have on this topic because your well-being is our motivation.