Here is a guide to the continued care of your pet following a procedure with general anaesthesia.
You will of course be given full discharge advice when you come to Cootes to collect your pet that is specifically tailored to your pet’s welfare, but here is some general advice to help keep your pet comfortable.
It is advisable to keep your pet warm and quiet following general anaesthesia. Trips to the garden should be on a lead for the first night for dogs and cats should be kept in over night with a litter tray. If your pet has had surgery, lead only exercise is recommended so as not to over exert the patient or strain stitches. We do advise that all cats are kept in with a litter tray for the night as a minimum and longer if your cat has had surgery.
A ‘buster’ collar may have been fitted which must remain in place to avoid wound sites from being licked and stitches being removed. Stitches are normally removed in 10 days after surgery.
A postoperative check is usual after 2 days. This is so the vet can ensure the prompt recovery of your pet and an opportunity for you to discuss any concerns you may have. This is included in the price of your pet’s surgery unless further drugs etc are required.
Your pet may have a small clipped area on their leg. This is the site of the anaesthetic induction and possibly for the administration of intravenous fluids, if previously discussed with your vet.
We recommend a small, light, bland meal on the night of return. Cootes can offer a specialist diet that aids in recovery should you prefer not to prepare an advised chicken and rice meal.
Occasionally, your pet may have a hoarse or dry cough on their initial return. It is quite normal and can be caused by the tube through which the anaesthetic is administered. It should resolve within a couple of days but any concerns should be discussed with your vet at the postoperative check.
Cootes would like to reassure you that we are available from 8.30am – 7pm throughout the week and 8.30am – 1pm on Saturday with a further 24 hour out of hours service available for you outside of these times. The wellbeing of your pet is our first priority, so please do not hesitate to contact us for help or advice.