When your pet endures an operation, it can be an overwhelming and anxious time, not only for yourself, but for your furry friends too. Post-operative at home care can significantly speed-up your pet’s healing process by making them feel at ease and cared for in the comfort of your own home. The Precise Pet Team is here to help, with five pet tips for post-operative care:
- Familiarize yourself with vet administered post-operative care and medication instructions. If your pet’s surgery was completed at the ER, be sure to inform your family veterinarian of your pet’s current condition, and the extent of their surgery. Speaking with your veterinarian will put your mind at ease, and will help you to determine what your pet needs.
- Pay close attention. Often, it is difficult to calm your pet following an operation. Restlessness, grunting, and abnormal behavior could indicate that your pet is in pain. Prior to providing your pet with medication to sooth the pain, be sure to follow your pet’s medication instructions, and consult your family veterinarian.
- Keep an eye on their bandages. Your pet’s bandages should be kept clean and dry to avoid the risk of infection. If you notice an abnormal odor, loosening, heat, swelling, or continuous bleeding-contact your veterinarian immediately.
- Monitor your pet’s portions and water intake. Though we know your pets can’t get enough Precise, your veterinarian may advise you to limit your pet’s food and water intake, depending on their condition. Don’t worry! By cutting back on your pet’s consumption, your pet may feel much better. Consult your veterinarian before returning to your normal pet formula portions.
- Relax, and get cozy. Your pet can tell if you are experiencing high levels of anxiety; to avoid adding stress to your companion, try to relax. Keep a soft lighting in your home, turn on a film, and get snuggly with your pet while elevating injuries by using pillows, keeping an eye on bandages, and ensuring your pet isn’t chewing or scratching at their wound. Elizabethan collars help during this process, and though they may look unpleasant to your furry friend, it is important to keep the collar on during your pet’s recovery process. If you prefer to avoid the “cone of shame” check out these alternatives.
Once your pet begins to get back into your daily routine, be sure to let your family veterinarian know of your pet’s improvements, and take them in for a quick check-up. Get well soon to our four-legged friends!
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