Helping Your Pet Recover From Surgery

Helping Your Pet Recover From Surgery

Is your furry pal scheduled for surgery soon? Whether your animal companion is undergoing a routine procedure, such as getting spayed or neutered, or having surgery because of a medical issue, he or she will need some extra TLC for a little while. Read on as a local Upper Arlington, OH vet offers advice on helping your pet recover from surgery.

Comfy Bed
One of the best things that you can do for your little buddy is to make sure he or she has a clean, comfortable bed to recuperate in. This can be a great time to get your pet a new bed!

Elizabethan Cones
Pets often need to wear Elizabethan collars to keep them from chewing at their stitches. You can also order an inflatable collar. Your furry friend may give you sad looks to make you feel guilty about putting them in the ‘lampshade of shame,’ but it’s for their own good!

If you have other pets, you may want to keep them away from your furry ‘patient,’ at least for the first few days. You don’t want a frisky puppy trying to play with a recovering senior cat!

Follow Instructions
Your vet will provide you with specific after-care instructions. Be sure to follow these to the letter. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. That’s what we’re here for!

Monitor Closely
Keep a close eye on your furry buddy, especially for the first few days after a procedure. Your aftercare instructions should list specific warning signs to watch for. Some common ones are fever; vomiting; lethargy; trembling; diarrhea; ripped stitches; and/or redness, swelling, or pus at the incision site. Always err on the side of caution. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything that could be a red flag.

No Human Medicine
Human medications are often toxic to pets. Many can even be deadly. While a few medications are safe for pets, you should never offer your dog or cat human medication unless your vet specifically recommends it.

Love And Hugs
Last but not least, make sure your pet feels loved and safe. If you have your dog or cat in a quiet back room, stop in frequently to offer forehead kisses and ear scritches.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Call us, your local Upper Arlington, OH pet clinic, today! We’re here to help!