Country Hills Veterinary Hospital

General Surgery Aftercare

Your fur baby will need a bit of special care for the next few days to prevent any post-operative complications or discomfort.

  • Your pet has had a surgical procedure today he/she will need to take it easy and limit excessive physical activity for 5-7 days. Please do not allow jumping or rough play during that time.
  • He/She has absorbable sutures which are under the skin, so you may only see a small suture knot on one end of the incision.
  • A small amount of redness at the incision site and a small amount of drainage, clear to red-tinged, is normal for 1-3 days. ù If you see very red discharge, dripping blood, yellow or green fowl smelling discharge from the incision, please contact our office immediately.
  • If a (Penrose) Drain is in place you will need to use the provided cleaner to gently clean and wipe away any drainage from each end with a soft cloth or cotton ball as directed. Please return to have the drain removed when instructed to do so.  êIf the pet pulls it out or it comes out/loose please contact the office immediately.
  • He/She may be sleepy and nauseous this evening. You can offer a small amount of the regular diet, if he/she does not want it that is normal however, if you pet vomits please take it away until next morning. Do not be alarmed if this happens. If not eating after 24 hours, please contact our office.
  • Anesthesia as well as the pain medication may slow your pets bowel movements. It may take 3 to 5 days for your pets bowels to return to regular movements.  If after 5 days your pet has not had a bowel movement please call the office.
  • Please do not bathe your pet or allow incision site to get wet for 10 days to prevent infection.
  • Please give all medications and pain medicine as dispensed even if he/she does not act like they are in pain.
  • He/She will need to be seen in 10 days to check the incision and make sure everything is healing as it should.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call our hospital at: (606) 886-3467

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If it is after hours you may also contact Tri-State Animal Emergency at 1-304-453-5700 or Bluegrass Veterinary Specialists and ER at 1-859-268-7604

Thank you for entrusting us with your animals’ care. Keeping your fur kids healthy & happy is our entire mission.