Post-Operative Instructions

  • Your pet may be quiet and not as active for a few days following surgery.
  • On the night after surgery only feed ¼ to ½ the amount you normally give for dinner and offer water as needed. Sometimes after anesthesia pets do not have an appetite. This should return to normal in the next day or two.
  • If you purchased additional pain relief medication, give the first dose when your pet has it’s first meal.  It is very important that they eat before taking their pain medications.
  • The MOST IMPORTANT part of after care is to keep your pet CALM!

For Dogs:  You must walk them on a leash for 10-14 days.  Try to keep the walks as short as possible.  No long walks, running or jogging.  Keep your pet separate from other animals in the household.  Please supervise any interactions with young children.  During times you are not able to devote 100% of your attention (when you are away, sleeping or busy), keep them in an isolated area.  A large crate is best but you may also use a small room, laundry room or bathroom.  You do not want them to have a large space to run around.

For Cats:  Restrict your pet’s activity as much as possible for the next 10-14 days.  It would help to set them up in a small room, bathroom, or laundry room for the next couple of days.  Keep them separate from other household animals.  You must keep your cat inside for the next 14 days.  Use shredded newspaper or a recycled, pelleted newspaper product in the litter box instead of your regular litter for 10-14 days.  Please stay away from any type of litter that has small particles.  This is to prevent infections / impaction of the incision. WellPet Humane sells Yesterdays News litter.

For Feral Cats:  These instructions are for feral or wild cats only.  These do not apply to domesticated cats even if they do spend time outside.  Leave your cat in the trap/crate that they are in at time of pick up.  Do not try to transfer them.  Allow them to stay in the trap until they are ready for release.  All cats should be kept 24-48 hours in a temperature-controlled area.  A garage may work if the weather is mild (not too cold or hot).  Cover trap loosely with a large towel or sheet for shelter and warmth.  For the next 24-48 hours monitor the cat for breathing and possible bleeding.  Do NOT put your finger through the trap or try to touch or handle the cat.  Feral cats are not accustomed to people, noises, your environment, etc.  You could be seriously injured by a scared cat if it bites or scratches you.  If you feel that the cat must be handled, bring them into the clinic.  All animal bites are serious!  If you are bitten seek medical attention from your physician and do NOT release the cat.  The cat must be quarantined.  Contact animal control for quarantine instructions.  You may feed ¼ to ½ the amount of a normal meal after surgery and offer water.  If the cat still seems drowsy, withhold food until they are more alert.  Do not put your hands in the trap to offer food.  If your trap does not have a feeding bowl that is attached, sprinkle dry food into one end of the trap.  Place newspaper under the trap to catch the urine and feces.  You may want to elevate the trap with bricks or any sturdy material on the ends of the trap.  This will prevent the feral cat from having to lie in his/her own waste.  Release the feral when they are fully awake and alert showing no signs of illness. This will usually be the morning after surgery.   Keeping them confined for too long may be very stressful and prolong the healing process.  If an emergency occurs during the confinement period bring them to an animal care center and alert the staff that it is a feral.

Post-Operative Emergencies:  incision opening up, large amounts of fresh red blood, extreme lethargy, or difficulty breathing.

  • Do not give your pet a full body bath for two weeks following surgery. You may spot clean as needed.
  • Please try to keep the incision dry and clean. If the incision gets dirty you may clean it with a mild soap and gentle cloth, betadine, iodine, or hydrogen peroxide (some do not like this because it gives a strange sensation). Please do not use any alcohol or alcohol based products. These burn and cause discomfort.
  • Your pet will have a very small green or black tattoo on their surgery incision. This is a universal sign that they have been altered.
  • If you purchased an e-collar please keep this on your pet for 10-14 days. You may remove it while your pet eats or if you are there to supervise. If you did not elect to purchase an e-collar and your pet starts to lick the incision you need to get one immediately. If your pet licks the incision it could get infected or cause the incision to open.
  • There will usually NOT be any skin sutures that need to be removed. The sutures are placed in layers below the skin surface and dissolve. If sutures or staples are in place that need to be removed, a technician will point this out to you during your discharge instructions.
  • Check the incision daily for any signs of infection: swelling, discharge, foul odor, redness, or anything that does not appear normal. If you notice any of these symptoms please contact us immediately at 770-455-1011.
  • It is normal as the incision heals for a small pea or marble sized swelling or lump to appear. If this swelling becomes severe, red, or if you notice a continuous discharge occur please contact us immediately.
  • If you have an emergency when we are closed (after 8 pm to 8 am & Sundays) please go to an emergency clinic.