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Helping Your Pet Recover From Surgery

September 15, 2020

Is your furry best friend going to be having an operation soon? Whether your little (or not so little) buddy is undergoing a routine procedure, such as spay/neuter surgery, or an operation to correct a medical issue, you may be a bit nervous. No matter what the procedure is, your animal companion will definitely benefit from some extra TLC over the next few days. Here, a local Spring Hill, TN veterinarian offers some helpful advice on helping your pet recover. 


Have A Comfy Spot Ready

Your four-legged friend will probably spend a lot of time napping when he or she gets home. Make sure you have a clean, comfy spot ready and waiting. This is a great time to get your pet a new bed! 


Try To Stay Home

This one really depends on the type of surgery your pet is having. However, it isn’t a bad idea to time your furry pal’s operation so that you can stay home with them for a few days. 


Keep Other Pets Away

Pets can become close buddies, but they do sometimes play rough with one another. Err on the side of caution, and keep your furry friends separated at first. If your four-legged friends have bonded so closely that being apart distresses them, ask your vet for advice.


Follow Care Instructions 

Your vet will give you specific after-care instructions. Hopefully this goes without saying, but you’ll want to follow these directions to the letter. If there’s anything that you’re unclear on, don’t be afraid to ask questions. That’s why we’re here! 


Watch For Issues

Keep a close eye on your four-legged buddy, and check the surgical site regularly. Look for signs of trouble, such as ripped stitches, swelling, discoloration, heat, redness, pus, foul odors, and/or bleeding. Other red flags include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, respiratory issues, trembling, and/or lethargy. Call us right away if you notice anything wrong. 


Healing Aids

You’re probably familiar with the Elizabethan collar, more commonly referred to as the Lampshade or Cone of Shame. These help keep pets from fussing at—and sometimes ripping out—their stitches. There are also now options that are more comfortable for them, such as inflatable collars. Ask your vet for advice on these products. 


Please reach out to us, your local Spring Hill, TN vet clinic, anytime. We’re dedicated to offering great veterinary care!

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