General Post-Surgical Discharge Instructions:
- Because your pet was under anesthesia, he/she may be irritable especially around other animals and small children. Your pet may experience decreased appetite, nausea, and vomiting over the next 24-48 hours. This can be normal. Offer small amounts of food and water tonight and call the clinic if vomiting persists.
- Keep the incision dry for 14 days. Call the clinic if you see any bleeding, discharge, or excessive swelling from the incision site.
- Often times the sutures are internal and absorbable. The body will slowly break them down over time. Keep the E-collar on your pet for the next 10 days.
- Make an appointment for 10 days from the day of surgery for suture removal if there are external sutures or staples present.
- No outdoor off-leash activity for the next 10 days (until suture removal) - This does not apply to orthopedic procedures - see post-operative instructions for specific conditions.
- Use caution on stairs with the E-collar on.
- Start pain medication tonight.
- For outdoor male cats after castration - keep him indoors for 3-5 days and restrict activity. It is allowable for him to lick the surgery site.
- For female outdoor cats after spay - keep her indoors for the 10 days after the surgery, keep the E-collar on, and restrict activity. The sutures are internal and absorbable.
*Please call (973) 764-3630 if you have any questions or concerns.*
347 Rt 94
Vernon, NJ 07462
Small Animal & Exotic Medicine and Surgery