- No running, jumping, playing, swimming or other strenuous activity for 7 to 10 days. Keep your pet quiet. Pets must be kept indoors where they can stay clean, dry and warm. No baths during the recovery period. Dogs must be walked on a leash and cats kept indoors.
- Check the incision site twice daily. There should be no drainage. Redness and swelling should be minimal.
- Do not allow your pet to lick or chew at the incision. If this occurs, an Elizabethan collar MUST be applied to prevent it.
- Appetite should return gradually within 24 hours of surgery. Lethargy lasting for more than 24 hours post-op, diarrhea, or vomiting are not normal and your pet should be taken to your regular veterinarian.
- Dogs may have a slight cough for a few days after surgery.
- Do not change your pet's diet at this time and do not give junk food, table scraps, milk or any other people food during the recovery period. This could mask post-surgical complications
- Your pet will receive a post-operative anti-inflammatory injection.
- We recommend your pet receive a post-operative examination with your regular veterinarian 7 to 10 days after surgery. Have the incision checked for complete healing and to discuss additional needs, follow-up care and vaccination boosters.
- If there are any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call the 706-769-9155. If there is an emergency after hours, contact your regular veterinarian or the emergency hospital at (706) 769-0229.Your female cat or dog received a green tattoo that will indicate the incision.
- It is recommended for cats to switch their litter to paper litter for the first 2-3 days to prevent litter from getting into the incision.
AAHS Spay & Neuter Center will treat at our clinic, at minimal or no cost, any post-op complications resulting directly from the surgery, if the above post-op instructions are followed in full. Your regular veterinarian must address illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of surgery. Please call for an appointment as soon as you see cause for concern. We cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow post-op instructions, or for contagious diseases for which the animal was not previously vaccinated.