Aftercare:

*       Your pet may be drowsy after anesthesia today. Limit her access to stairs and furniture. For the first evening, give limited quantities of water and feed only a small meal (about ¼ of normal size) as anesthesia can cause nausea and vomiting.

*       Strict indoor confinement is required for 10 days. Discourage running, jumping, or rough play. If your cat jumps off of high areas, the incisions may open and bleed. The bleeding should be minimal and rest will help it stop. Pressure can be applied if the bleeding seems more profuse.

*       Use a pelleted litter (e.g. Yesterday’s News or Feline Pine), coarse cut oatmeal (not instant), or shredded paper for 5-7 days. Prevent access to clumping litter, clay, or sand as fine particles can get inside the incisions and cause infection.

*       Keep the incision clean and dry (i.e. no baths) for 10 days. Monitor for licking or chewing at the incision. A plastic restraint collar (E-collar) can be obtained from the clinic if your pet is licking or chewing the incision.

*       If your pet has received IV fluids, you may notice an increase in urination for the next 8-12 hours.

Concerns – Signs to Watch For:

*       Redness, heat, swelling, or discharge from the incision. Mild bruising and swelling up to ¼” are normal.

*       Vomiting, lethargy, & appetite loss.

*       Licking or chewing at the incision.

*       Limping beyond 2 weeks post-surgery.

Recheck:

*       There are no sutures to remove.

*       If you have any concerns about the incision, please call for an appointment.

 

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