Post-Operative Care Instructions
- Keep your pet in a confined area for the night, such as a kennel or bathroom.
- Feed your pet ½ their normal meal amount the evening they return home from surgery. Free choice water is allowed.
- Restrict your pet’s activity for 7 to 14 days after surgery.
- Keep the incision dry for at least 10 days after surgery—avoid bathing and swimming.
- Do not wash/clean the incision. Avoid hydrogen peroxide and topical creams.
- Water and topicals may cause the stitches to absorb too soon and cause the incision to open.
- Avoid picking at any surgical glue that may be present, it will come off on its own with time.
- Check your pet’s incision daily until it has healed.
- Mild swelling or redness of the incision can be normal following surgery.
- Excessive bleeding, swelling, and pus/discharge is not normal and you will need to contact your veterinarian for further evaluation.
- Keep your pet from licking the incision. We recommend an e-collar be worn for one week.
- Your pet may still be under the effects of anesthesia and/or pain medication.
- You may see dilated pupils, unsteadiness, lack of appetite, and moodiness as your pet is coming out of anesthesia. If these symptoms persist longer than 24 hours, please contact us or your primary veterinarian.
- Allow your pet to recover in a quiet, safe place in your home. Avoid over-handling your pet.
- Allow cats to come out of the carrier on their own.
- Do not give over-the-counter medication for pain relief as these can be deadly for your pet. Your pet received injectable pain medication at the time of surgery. Contact us if you feel pain is present.
- Females that were in heat when spayed may try to breed for a couple weeks following surgery. Females should be kept away from males while recovering. Males can remain fertile for one month after surgery.
- Watch for complications.
- Pale gums
- Extreme lethargy
- Excessive vomiting/diarrhea
- Discharge or bleeding from the incision
- Difficulty urinating
- Labored breathing
- If you feel that your pet is not healing appropriately or notice any of the signs listed above, please contact us as soon as possible by texting or calling (541) 647-3188. Call your primary veterinarian or the emergency center if you are not able to reach us, do not receive a call/text back, or you feel your pet’s life is at risk.
If your pet received vaccinations:
Most pets will not have any side effects from vaccines. The most common side effects are localized pain/swelling at the site of the injection, mild lethargy, and a low-grade fever. These symptoms generally resolve on their own within 24 hours and do not usually require treatment. More severe reactions are less common, but can present as severe lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, facial swelling, facial itching, wheezing, and/or hives. With any vaccine, anaphylaxis (a very severe and potentially fatal hypersensitivity reaction) is a risk but is rare. If your pet shows signs of a reaction, it is best to seek immediate medical attention at a full-service veterinary hospital. Emergency clinic phone numbers are provided below.
Emergency Clinic Contact Information
Emergency center contact information is provided below. Please contact the ER directly if your pet is in need of emergency care.
Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center
1820 NW Monterey Pines Dr.
Bend, OR 97701
Bend Animal Emergency and Specialty Center
1245 SE 3rd St. C3
Bend, OR 97702