If your pet has had surgery, then a restful, low stress recovery period is important for her health. While every surgery and pet is different, you can take steps to ensure she recovers swiftly and is back to her usual active self. Incorporate the following tips into your post-surgical routine for fast healing and a quick return to your normal schedule.

Expect her to be tired: If your pup has been spayed (one of the most common surgical procedures), she will have had general anesthesia. She will be less active than usual in the next 24 hours after her procedure. This is normal and will prevent her from injuring herself.

Provide a safe, small place: Since movement and activity can prevent healing, a crate or small room can help your pet recover swiftly. While she should move around during the course of the day, jumping, running and other activities could damage her stitches. Take things slow, give her plenty of attention and save the dog park for another day.

Administer medication: Your vet will provide you with post-op medication and supplies. Your dog or cat will possibly have an antibiotic to prevent infection and possibly a pain reliever. They may also have the “cone of shame”, a wide collar to prevent them from accessing the incision. Give all medication as directed and do not try home remedies or alternatives unless your vet has recommended them.

Incision care: You will probably not have to do anything with the incision at all, other than to ensure your pet is not chewing or clawing at it. Check for infection and follow your specific post surgical directions to treat any incisions properly.

After your pet’s surgery is complete, your Banning vet will walk you through the recovery process and the specific details you can expect. You’ll have a chance to ask any questions and get detailed directions tailored to your pet. Follow these and your pet will be back to her normal, healthy self in no time.

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