After Surgery

WHAT TO DO

  • Offer Water Immediately
  • Offer a small amount of canned food when you get home. Feed 1/2 of a normal meal later. Resume normal feeding in the morning. Cats that have not been given extra pain medications may not eat well for a day or two.
  • No Over-the Counter Pain Medications. TOXIC!
  • Keep Outdoor Pets In the House (except for leash walking) for 10 days, Wild Cats for 24 hours.
  • Avoid Running, Jumping, Playing for at least 10 Days.
    • Dogs: Allow Short Walks on Leash as Needed.
    • Cats: Confine to Small Area with Food, Water and Litter.
  • Keep Warm. Avoid heating pads.
  • No Baths for 10 days.
  • E-Collar for 10 days.
  • “Yesterday’s News” Litter (in supermarkets) for 10 days.

WHAT TO EXPECT (In Some Pets) After Surgery

  • Minor sleepiness
  • Watery eyes and/or drooling
  • Rare vomiting
  • A scrotum that is up to twice the size of the testicles. This resolves over 1-6 weeks.
  • A non-painful lump by the incision. Resolves within 3-6 weeks.
  • Sutures, if visible, may take 3 months to disappear. Most of the time sutures are NOT visible.

WHEN TO CALL A VETERINARIAN

  • A “lump” near the incision that disappears when pushed on or that is accompanied by poor appetite
  • Anything protruding from the incision
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • More than a few drops of blood from the incision the night of surgery or any bleeding thereafter
  • A pet that is unwilling to move around
  • Severe swelling (over 2 times the size the testicles had been) of the scrotum.
  • Decreased appetite that lasts more than 2 days
  • Skin discoloration, pus or a highly painful swelling around the incision
  • Anything that has you concerned. Trust your instincts: when in doubt, call the vet. Our veterinarian’s cell number will be provided on your post-operative paperwork for after-hours concerns.