After-Care: Dogs

POST SURGERY AND RECOVERY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – DOGS

  • No running, jumping, playing, swimming, or other strenuous activity for 7 to 10 days. 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. Keep pet quiet.
  • Check the incision site twice daily. Seepage, redness and swelling should be minimal. Due to normal healing and activity, a lump at the incision site is normal. Do not allow pet to lick or chew at the incision. If this occurs, to prevent the licking, an Elizabethan collar MUST be applied.
  • Lethargy, appetite loss, diarrhea, vomiting, coughing COULD occur up to 24 hours following surgery. Symptoms lasting more than 24 hours should be followed-up by contacting us on our After-Care phone number for a recheck.
  • Your pet received a green tattoo on their abdomen. This is not an incision.
  • When surgical staff is present, we will treat at our clinic, at no additional cost, any complications resulting from the surgery. There may however be a cost for take home post-operative medications. We cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from client’s failure to follow post-op instructions, or for contagious diseases for which the animal was not previously vaccinated.
  • If your pet is having symptoms that are concerning enough that they need to be addressed before the next business day, please call our After-Care phone line and leave a message. We will return your phone call within 2 hours’ time and direct you in the best way to proceed. If you feel it is a life or death emergent situation, please take your pet to:

    Animal Emergency Hospital
    3260 Plainfield Avenue NE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49525
    (877) 406-9911

    If you do utilize their services, please call our after-care number to let us know so that we can communicate directly with them and see how we can help.

  • Your regular veterinarian must address any illness or injury that is not a direct result of surgery.
  • Your dog has received Morphine as a fast-acting pain medication for discomfort during surgery and Meloxicam for pain control for 24 hours after surgery. Do not give over-the-counter pain medications unless directed by WMSNC or your veterinarian. While our pain control program is very adequate for most dogs, in rare instances additional pain medication is needed the day after surgery. If you find this to be the case with your dog, more medication is available by contacting us on our After-Care phone line.
  • Seromas are a common occurrence at the surgery site and do not require treatment. A seroma is an accumulation of fluid at the incision area. These occur because of movement at the incision from an active dog and a normal reaction to the dissolvable sutures used to close the incision. Though seromas can resemble a hernia at the incision, the way we close incisions makes hernias extremely rare. Seromas resolve themselves over a couple of weeks and don’t require any attention. If you have questions about a possible seroma please contact us.
  • In male dogs, particularly older males, some swelling of the scrotum is expected and normal following surgery. This swelling is sometime delayed until your dog resumes normal activity. While a small amount of swelling is common, extreme swelling should be reported to us on our After-Care phone line.
  • The suture material used to close the incision during your dog’s surgery is buried underneath the skin and dissolves over a period of 6-12 months. Occasionally a section of the material will appear at the surface of the incision over time. Contact WMSNC, should this happen to arrange for the material to be removed.

If there are any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call our After-Care phone line at 231-246-0638. 

Thank you in advance for taking such great care of your pet. We are privileged to be a part of “loving them enough” to be spayed or neutered.


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