At Hillside Animal Hospital we use minimally invasive surgery techniques so that your pet undergoes less trauma and recovery time is minimized. While minimally invasive surgery is safer for your pet than traditional invasive procedures, proper post-op care is still important for your pet’s healing process. While we will do all that we can to keep your pet healthy and safe following surgery, the brunt of their post-op care will rest on your shoulders.

To help you keep your cat or dog in the best shape possible following surgery, we’ve compiled some after surgery care tips that will benefit both you and your pet.  Read on for our best postoperative recommendations.

Force Your Pet to Rest

Even minimally invasive surgeries like the ones we provide at Hillside Animal Hospital can take a toll on your pet. As with most issues relating to the body, rest is needed for the body to heal properly. Too much activity following surgery can cause complications, such as damage to an incision. That’s because too much motion can cause the incision to tear, making it more susceptible to infections and wounds.

As a pet owner you can make certain your pet gets the rest that it needs by limiting their activity. Not only should play time be put on hold, confinement should also be enforced. This means confining them to a small area and removing any objects that could pose a threat to their healing process.  If you have an exceptionally high energy animal that objects to confinement, let your vet know. He or she may prescribe a sedative if he thinks that your pet’s rambunctious activity could hinder its ability to heal properly. Creating a safe, contained area for your pet will ensure your pet’s tissues heal properly following an operation.

Make Sure Your Pet Is Comfortable

Nobody likes to be cooped up, least of all pets. But like mentioned previously, rest and limited activity are crucial for your pet after surgery. To make their healing time as bearable as can be, pet owners should make an effort to keep their pet comfortable. You can make this trying time easier for your pet by making sure their contained, post-op healing area is stocked with soft blankets or bedding, a few low-energy toys, and is within close proximity to food and water. But, most of all, be sure to give your pet lots of TLC. Nothing will make your pet feel more comfortable and happy than spending quality cuddle time with you, but if at any point you feel your pet is still painful during its recovery, please let your vet know.

Give Medications As Recommended

If your pet was prescribed any medication after surgery it’s important that you follow the dosing instructions to a T.  Medications will provide relief for your pet and assist with a speedy recovery, but only if administered exactly as prescribed. Additionally, be careful of home remedies or any over-the-counter pills not authorized by your veterinarian. Consult your vet if you’re thinking of using anything that was not prescribed by them to be sure it won’t interfere with your pet’s healing.

Pay Careful Attention To Your Pet’s Incisions

Perhaps the most important thing pet owners can do following their pet’s surgery is to keep an eye on their pet’s incisions. Monitor your pet’s surgical site to be sure they’re healing normally. While some swelling is possible following surgery, watch out for abnormal symptoms, such as extreme redness, oozing, odor or bruising, which could be signs that something is amiss. Call your vet immediately if you spot any of the above.

The number one thing to remember about post-op care is that it is your job to facilitate the healing process and provide the supportive care that your pet needs. Your pet’s recovery depends on you!