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
- 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
- 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!