Pets will usually make a full and speedy recovery if post-operative care is provided as directed. Your pet has had surgery and needs time to heal. To ensure the best outcome, we ask that you strictly observe the post-operative guidelines provided. Failure to do so increases the risk of infection and discomfort to your pet. The clinic will not be held responsible for complications if you do not follow these instructions.
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Follow These Instructions to Ensure Your Pet’s Recovery
- The recovery period is 10-14 days.
- It is important to restrict your pet’s activity level during the recovery period. No running, jumping, playing, swimming or other strenuous activity for 14 days. Keep your pet calm. Pets must be kept indoors so they can stay clean, dry, and warm. No bathing. Use of a crate or restricting your pet to a small room is a good option during this time. Dogs must be walked on a leash only. Additionally, your pet must be kept separate from other animals during the recovery period.
- Female cats and dogs have an incision on their abdomen. Male cats will have two incisions on their scrotum. Depending on the veterinarian, male dogs will have either one incision on the base of the penis, or one incision on the scrotum. Male animals with an incision on the scrotum may experience a small amount of discharge from the incision for the first 24 -72 hours.
- The incision site must stay dry for the entire recovery period. It is not necessary to cover, clean, or apply medication to the incision site unless directed by a veterinarian.
- Your pet received a green tattoo on the abdomen, which is a scoring process in the skin. THIS IS NOT AN EXTRA INCISION. The tattoo indicates your pet has been spay/neutered, negating any question whether your pet has been sterilized or not.
- Check the incision site twice daily for the full recovery period. There should be no drainage. Redness and swelling should be minimal. All sutures are dissolvable and do not need to be removed unless you have been told otherwise.
- A hard plastic e-collar MUST be worn during the recovery period to prevent infection at the incision site. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR PET TO LICK OR CHEW AT THE INCISION!
- Do not change your pet’s diet during the recovery period, this could mask post-surgical complications. Appetite should return gradually within 24-48 hours after surgery. We recommend starting with a small amount of food. Make sure to provide plenty of fresh water.
- If your pet is experiencing lethargy, diarrhea, or vomiting lasting more than 48 hours post-op please set up a recheck appointment with us or your regular veterinarian. Dogs may have a slight cough a few days after surgery.
- Your pet received medication (NSAID) for pain control at the time of surgery. Do not give any human medication to your pet. Dogs may be sent home with oral pain medication for you to administer. Cats have been given an injectable form of pain medication.
If there are any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call our clinic at (203) 690-1550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Nutmeg Spay/Neuter Clinic will treat at our clinic, at minimal cost, most post-op complications resulting directly from surgery, if the above post-op instructions are followed in full. We will not be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow these instructions, or for contagious disease for which the animal was not previously properly vaccinated or other non-surgical conditions. Your regular veterinarian must address illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of surgery.
If there is a concern outside of our business hours, please reach out to your regular veterinarian. If your pet is experiencing an emergency, contact your regular veterinarian or any of the following 24-hour emergency hospitals:
- VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center (Shelton) 203-929-8600
- VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center (Norwalk) 203-854-9960
- New Haven Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine 203-865-0878
Newtown Veterinary Specialists 203-270-8387
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