Post-Operative Care Instructions

  1. No running, jumping, playing, swimming or other strenuous activity for 7 to 10 days. Keep your pet quiet. 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.
  2. Check the incision site twice daily. There should be no drainage. Redness and swelling should be minimal. Do not allow your pet to lick or chew at the incision. If this occurs, an Elizabethan collar MUST be applied to prevent it.
  3. Appetite should return gradually within 24 hours of 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. Dogs may have a slight cough for a few days after surgery.
  4. Do not change your pet’s diet at this time and do not give junk food, table scraps, milk or any other people food during the recovery period. This could mask post-surgical complications.
  5. Dogs and cats who have never had vaccinations prior to this visit usually need boosters in 3 weeks to be fully protected. Please contact your regular veterinarian to determine what, if any, booster vaccinations are needed for your pet.
  6. If there are any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call this office at (256) 489-0418. If there is an emergency after hours, contact your regular veterinarian or the emergency clinic at (256) 533-7600.
  7. Your pet receive a green tattoo next to its incision. This tattoo is a scoring process in the skin; IT IS NOT AN EXTRA INCISION.

North Alabama Spay/Neuter will treat at OUR clinic, at minimal cost, any post-op complications resulting directly from the surgery, if the above post-op instructions are followed in full. Your regular veterinarian must address illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of surgery. Please call for an appointment as soon as you see cause for concern. We cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow post-op instructions, or for contagious diseases for which the animal was not previously properly vaccinated.