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Pre/Post-Op Instructions

It is important these instructions are followed closely. Contact us if you have any questions or if any unusual changes occur with your pet's condition after surgery. If an emergency occurs outside of our office hours, then you should use the emergency contact information (below) to get help.

 

Pre-Op Instructions

  • Dogs should be fasted prior to surgery. Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before.
  • Cats do not need to be fasted.
  • Puppies and kittens under 6 months of age do not need to be fasted.
  • Please walk dogs as usual the morning of surgery.
  • Leave dogs in your car while you check in at Planned PEThood.
  • Cats should arrive in a secure carrier or trap. If you do not have a carrier, we have cardboard carriers available for $5. Please do not carry your cat in without a carrier - it's not safe!
 

Post-Op Instructions

  • 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.
  • Unless you are notified otherwise, all suture used is dissolvable. You will not need to return to have stitches removed.
  • 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. An Elizabethan collar (cone) is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to prevent this.
  • A tattoo was applied near the incision; this is not an additional incision; it is light scoring of the skin with a small amount of green ink and surgical glue applied. Skin glue may have a purple to brown hue.
  • 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. Do not give junk food, table scraps, milk or any other people food during the recovery period. This could mask post-surgical complications.
  • We recommend your pet receive a post-operative examination with your regular veterinarian 7 to 10 days after surgery to have the incision checked for complete healing and to discuss additional needs, follow-up care and vaccination boosters. Be sure to take all post-operative paperwork with you.
 

For Dogs

  • Don’t feed a full meal tonight, as your pet may vomit. Feed a half of a meal arounf 6-8pm. Return to regular feeding portions tomorrow.
  • An Elizabethan collar (E-collar or "cone" collar) will keep your pet from licking his/her surgical incision, potentially causing infection. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND an Elizabethan collar (cone) for 10 days after surgery.
  • Dogs may have a slight cough for a few days after surgery.
  • Dogs presenting for surgery while currently in heat must be kept separate from unneutered males for 10 days.

For Cats

  • Use a pellet-type litter such as Feline Pine or Yesterday’s News, or shredded paper, in your cat’s litter box for 4 days.
  • Do not allow your cat to lick his/her incision. An E-collar is recommended to prevent licking.

For Feral Cats

  • Hold male cats at least 24 hours, females at least 48 hours, before releasing.
  • Keep feral cats confined to a covered trap or small area during recovery.
  • If a female cat is in her last trimester of pregnancy a three-day pain injection is required. There is an additonal $15.00 charge and she will need to be held for 72 hours before releasing.
 

After Hours Emergencies

North Georgia Veterinary Specialists
1328 Buford Highway NE
Buford, GA 30518
678-835-3300
 


Planned PEThood 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 properly vaccinated. We will treat at our clinic, at minimal 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.

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