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Home Care After General Anaesthetic

How to care for your pet at home after an anaesthetic & surgical procedure

Keep in mind how you might feel after an anaesthetic. It is normal for your pet to be drowsy the evening or even the next day after an anaesthetic. Normal reflexes may be decreased. Therefore keep your pet in a quiet confined space that is warm (but not too hot) and out of draughts.

Offer only a small amount of food in the evening. Your pet may not feel like eating. Ensure water is available. Appetite should be back to normal by the following evening.

Skin sutures need to be removed 10 – 14 days following surgery unless otherwise advised. Sometimes we use sutures which dissolve.

Suture lines need to stay clean and dry so keep your pet in a clean environment and no bathing or swimming until after the sutures are removed.

It is essential that your pet does not lick or chew at the sutures – if he/she does, then you will need to use an Elizabethan Collar to prevent this. The nurse can show you how to use one. Remember it can take as little as a minute for your pet to chew out sutures and cause the incision site to open up.

To ensure fast problem-free healing & to ensure there is no excessive strain on the surgery incision site, do not allow your pet to exercise or move around too much until after the sutures are removed (or until advised by the veterinarian or nurse).

Drain Tubes
If present, their purpose is to clear discharge and infection and tissue fluid from a wound. They need to stay in place for 3 – 4 days before removal by the nurse.

Keep the drain tube ends clean by bathing in warm salty water twice daily.

Use an elizabetha collar if necessary to prevent your pet licking or pulling the drain.

If required, we will give you any medication required when you collect your pet from hospital. Always complete the full course even if things are getting better. Please do not hesitate to ask the nurse if you are unsure about any medication.

Please make sure you strictly follow our bandage instruction handout. Serious complications can occur from bandages that get wet or slip so it is crucial they be kept dry and stay in position. Contact us immediately with any concerns.