It is said that following surgery, it is a good idea to keep the pet inside and quiet for a few days (no running, jumping, etc). Good luck!! With some active dogs that is almost impossible. However, try to keep your patient somewhat confined and limit exercise for 7 days while the surgery site heals. This way, they are not as liable to bolt and injure the healing area. If you have ever had anesthesia and surgery, you know that you do not feel your best afterwards. Your pet may shake, vomit, or act painful. This is normal, but if the symptoms get worse, make an appt with the emergency vet or call us the next morning. If your pet vomits, remove all food and water (ice cubes can be given for your pet to lick). Pepcid at 1/4 pill per 10 pounds works great for nausea. Immodium AD, one tablet 2-3 times daily will help any diarrhea that develops from the stress of surgery. An adult aspirin 1 pill per 30 lbs or one baby aspirn per 15 lbs two to three times daily may help any discomfort or pain
To feed your pet after surgery, give them only half of a normal meal on the first day home following the surgery, then feed as normal.
The most common damage to a surgical area is usually caused by the patient trying to lick or chew the surgical area or sutures because of the minor pain or irritation. Most major pet stores now carry cones that make it hard for the pet to reach and damage the incision. If your pet is licking the surgical area, try to discourage it or get a cone to prevent problems.