Recovery At Home
Post-Op Care at Home FAQ
At the time your pet is discharged from the hospital, you will meet with a technician who will go through your written post-op instructions and answer any other questions that you may have. In addition, a technician will call you the day after your discharge to see how your pet is doing.
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In most cases, your pet will be hospitalized for one night after surgery. Some patients may require a longer stay based on the type of surgery and pet’s condition post-op.
The recovery period at home will depend greatly on the type of procedure performed. When your pet is discharged from the hospital, one of our veterinary technicians will go through detailed discharge instructions that are specific to your pet.
In general, all surgical patients require some level of confinement and at least two weeks of rest at home before resuming any activity beyond short potty walks. Orthopedic cases may require six weeks to four months before returning to full activity.
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Dogs and cats may stop eating for a variety of reasons.
Medications, pain or stress can alter your pet’s desire to eat or drink. Please call us if you have concerns or if there is a unexpected change in your pet’s eating or drinking habits after surgery.
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Is your dog going stir-crazy while under post-op exercise restrictions? Check out our article, Boredom Busters for Dogs Recovering from Surgery, for some great ideas to put a little excitement back in his or her life.