Pets will usually make a full and speedy recovery if post-operative care is provided as directed. Your pet has had surgery and needs time to heal. To ensure the best outcome, we ask that you strictly observe the post-operative guidelines provided. Failure to do so increases the risk of infection and discomfort to your pet. The clinic will not be held responsible for complications if you do not follow these instructions.
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Follow These Instructions to Ensure Your Pet’s Recovery
- NO running, jumping, playing, swimming or other strenuous activity for 14 days. Keep your pet calm. Pets must be kept indoors so they can stay clean, dry and warm. NO bathing. Dogs must be walked on a leash only and cats kept indoors during the recovery period.
- Your pet must wear their hard plastic e-collar for the 10-14 day recovery period.
- Your pet received a green tattoo on the abdomen, which is a scoring process in the skin. THIS IS NOT AN EXTRA INCISION. The tattoo indicates your pet has been spayed/neutered, negating any future question whether your pet has been sterilized or not.
- Check the incision site twice daily for 14 days. There should be no drainage. Redness and swelling should be minimal. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR PET TO LICK OR CHEW AT THE INCISION! An e-collar MUST be worn during the recovery period to prevent infection at the incision site.
- Do not change your pet’s diet – no junk food, table scraps, milk or any other people food during the recovery period; this could mask post-surgical complications. Appetite should return gradually within 24 hours after 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 or animal emergency hospital. Dogs may have a slight cough a few days after surgery.
- Your pet received a medication (NSAID) for pain control at the time of surgery. Do not give any human medication to your pet.
- We recommend your pet receive a post-op exam with your regular vet 10-14 days after surgery. Have the incision checked for complete healing and to discuss follow-up needs and vaccination boosters.
If there are any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call our clinic at (203) 690-1550 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nutmeg Spay/Neuter Clinic will treat at our clinic, at minimal cost, most post-op complications resulting directly from surgery, if the above post-op instructions are followed in full. We will not be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow these instructions, or for contagious disease for which the animal was not previously properly vaccinated or other non-surgical conditions. Your regular veterinarian must address illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of surgery. Please reach out for a recheck as soon as you see cause for concern.
Should your pet experience a post op complication outside of our regular business hours, you will have to follow up with your regular veterinarian or emergency clinic. Please refer to THIS LIST of participating veterinarians who will be happy to see your pet for a recheck if you have a concern and our clinic is not open. Any cost is determined by each individual veterinarian.
If your pet is experiencing an emergency, contact your regular veterinarian or any of the following 24-hour emergency hospitals:
- VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center (Shelton) 203-929-8600
- VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center (Norwalk) 203-854-9960
- New Haven Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine 203-865-0878
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