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Quality, professional veterinary care, tailored for you and your pet.

JULIE INNES VETS, HAMILTON

When you come to collect your pet after surgery, you will be so happy to see him or her that we know much of the post-op instructions we give you will go straight out of your head! So here is a checklist

 

-When you come to collect your pet, you will have been given an appointment to speak to the vet or nurse. The procedure will be explained to you and you should feel free to ask as many questions as you like! We will go through any post-operative instructions with you at this time.

 

- You will be given a printed sheet of instructions, repeating what you have been told

 

- We usually advise that animals may be slightly drowsy for the first night after a general              anaesthetic. This is normal, but they should be back to their old selves within a day or two. If you are at all worried, call. If we are not open, our emergency service will give you good advice or arrange to see your pet.

 

- With DOGS and CATS, we usually advise a light diet on the night of the operation- either a        small amount of the food they normally eat, or (if you feel like spoiling them!) some cooked      chicken/ pasta/ scrambled egg. Don’t be alarmed if they are not keen to eat, or even if they are sick- the anaesthetic can make some animals nauseous for the first 24 hours. For RABBITS and RODENTS, feed them as normal- it’s important they get back to eating as soon as possible.

 

- If your DOG has undergone a major surgical procedure, we will advise that, after the first          night, they are exercised for short periods, on the lead, so they don’t overdo it. For some        operations, we might advise total rest. For others it may not matter so much. We often advise CATS are kept indoors the first night after any operation, in case the anaesthetic makes them woozy, so it’s ideal if you are prepared with a litter tray, litter etc

 

- We usually like to give your pet a (free) quick check-up a couple of days after any surgery, to make sure he or she has recovered from the anaesthetic and the wound looks fine.

 

- If your pet has stitches, you will be advised how best to make sure he or she doesn’t attempt    a bit of DIY stitch removal!! Buster (bucket) collars are never popular, but if your pet has been trying to get to the stitches we may recommend one! Otherwise, an old T-shirt can be useful! If your pet DOES chew his or her stitches out, don’t panic, but call us or our emergency service for advice/ treatment.

 

- Finally, if you have ANY questions or worries, no matter how silly they seem, CALL US! That       is what we are here for!

 

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