Just like us, recovery from surgery takes time and effort for our fur babies. For the most part, the aftermath of surgery usually involves a lot of discomfort and pain; which is why ensuring proper post-surgery care is important for our little one’s well-being in order to begin the healing process.Post-surgery
Depending on the type of procedure your pet has, the duration of their stay will vary based on their diagnosis. Veterinarians will usually keep you updated on your fur baby’s health whilst they remain in the hospital to ensure that your pet does not suffer through unwanted complications.
Don’t get too nervous if your fur baby remains in the hospital for a while because at the end of the day, it’s better for them to be under the care of professionals — especially during their vulnerable stages.Discharge process
Once your fur baby is ready to be discharged, you’ll be given a set of instructions for at-home care. If for any reason they forget to leave with you any instructions, be sure to double check with the staff to make sure you are on top of your pet’s post-surgery care.
If you feel unsure about some of the at-home care procedures, or would like to know what you should do if you encountered a problem, don’t be shy and ask away! In the likelihood you find yourself unable to carry out some parts of the at-home care process, ask your vet if they are able to provide outpatient services for their patients.
Your pet will most likely remain drowsy from their procedure, so they will be wobbly when they’re set on their feet. As most pets would want to return to their normal routines once they’re back home, in such cases, place your pet in a quiet and contained area for them to rest so that they don’t hurt themselves whilst the anaesthesia wears off.
Avoid allowing your pets to be outdoors unless they are reliving themselves, but make sure to keep them on a leash to prevent them from wandering off. Make sure your pet remains hydrated and fed at all times, and don’t forget to give them their medication based on the proper dosage prescribed by your veterinarian.
Most importantly, don’t forget to shower your pet with lots of love and tender care — especially during this fragile phase in their life.Monitoring wounds
Surgical wounds tend to swell up after surgery, but that is usually normal. Yet, keep an eye out for any odours, oozes, heat, pain or excessive bruising or redness; if something does not look or seem right, contact your vet immediately.
Supervise your pet’s activity levels as much as possible in order to avoid possible tearing and infection of their surgical wounds; if possible, try to limit their scratching and licking too. Most veterinarians will recommend “crate rest” for post-surgery care in order to restrict activity. Although this can be a hard adjustment for you and your fur baby, know that this is done for their healing process. Place your pet in a large crate, and keep them comfortable whilst they remain in the crate with some soft toys and their favourite pillow/blanket to keep them distracted from being confined.
The recovery process depends on the type of procedure your pet went through. For neutering or spaying procedures, the average recovery time takes around a few days to a few weeks; invasive surgery, such as orthopaedic ones, can take around a couple of months to half a year for full recovery.Follow ups
It is important to keep up with all of your pet’s follow-ups with your vet to ensure that they are on track with their recovery process. For some pets, recovery may also entail physical therapy. Whether your pet has sutures or a cast, your vet will want to check on these post-operation.