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Veterinary → After Your Pet’s Surgery

General Instructions:

Numerous studies show that pets – just like humans – heal faster when they’re relieved from pain. After your pet’s surgery Paws Humane can administer extra pain medications if needed or requested. Never administer human pain medications on your own. Human medication can be fatal to animals.

  • There should be no running, jumping, playing, swimming, or other strenuous activity for 7 to 10 days following surgery.
  • Keep your pet as quiet as possible. Leash walk only to go outside.
  • Check the incision site twice daily.
    • Female cats and dogs will have an incision on the middle of their abdomens and male cats will have a tiny incision on their scrotums.
    • In male dogs, the incision will be on their scrotum and may have been left slightly open to drain. A small amount of blood-tinged discharge is normal. If you see any redness, swelling, or other discharge, please let us know.
    • Unless we have otherwise specified, there will be no sutures to be removed. There are sutures under the skin and they will dissolve over time.
  • Do not allow your pet to lick or chew at the incision. If this occurs, an Elizabethan collar MUST be applied to prevent it. Their tongues are abrasive and their mouths contain bacteria that is harmful. Licking impedes healing and can cause infection or the incision to open up.
  • Effects of the anesthesia can last for up to 24-48 hours so you may see some nausea or lethargy for that period of time. If your pet has not returned to normal within 48 hours, please contact us.
  • The night following surgery, we recommend feeding about half of what your pet normally eats, then gradually increase it back to the full amount over the next day or so.
  • If your female dog or cat was in heat, we recommend being very careful to keep her away from males for about 10 days. She won’t be able to get pregnant during this time, but males will still be attracted to her.


What do I do if I suspect that my pet is having a post-operative surgical complication?

If there are any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call this office at (706) 987-8380. If there is an emergency after hours, contact us via email at afterhoursclinic@pawshumane.org. This email is monitored between the hours of 6pm-10pm during the week and 8am-10pm on weekends. Please send a detailed message, including pictures in possible and someone will respond promptly. If an emergency occurs after 10pm, you will need to contact the Columbus Animal Emergency Clinic at (706) 324-6659.

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