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What to Expect After Orthopedic Surgery for Your Pet

What to Expect After Orthopedic Surgery for Your Pet

What to Expect After Orthopedic Pet Surgery

Pet surgery is one of our specialties in Richmond. While necessary, it can be a scary experience for you and your pet. Knowing what to expect can ease many of your fears. It's also important to be prepared for the care your pet will need after surgery. Proper aftercare is essential for optimum recovery.

Wound Care

You'll need to check the incision site twice a day until it heals. Watch for excessive swelling. You'll need to apply a cold compress to the site 2-3 times each day for 10 minutes for the first 3-5 days. If there is a bandage, keep it clean and dry and follow the care instructions provided by your vet.

The First 48 Hours

The first 48 hours will be the hardest for your pet. They will likely be drowsy, and this is when they will experience the most pain post-surgery. You should administer pain medication exactly as directed to keep your pet comfortable. They will need to spend this time in a quiet place with easy access to water. Your veterinarian may recommend a sedative to help your pet rest as they recover.

2-14 Days

Your pet will still be recovering during this time. Your vet will likely fit your pet with an Elizabethan collar (lampshade collar) before leaving their office. This prevents your pet from licking the incision sites and should be left on until the incisions have healed. They may begin using the limb during this time. Walking is ok, but they shouldn't engage in running or jumping during this time.

2 Weeks and Beyond

Your pet will likely begin feeling fine between 2-4 weeks after surgery. After the 4 weeks follows up an appointment with a veterinarian in Richmond, you may begin taking your pet on short 10-15 minute leash walks. It's important to realize that your pet should not run or jump until 8 weeks after surgery, even if they are showing no signs of pain.

Kindred Care Pet Hospital

Kindred Care Pet Hospital will give your pet the best care, before, during, and after surgery. Contact us today and set up an appointment with a veterinarian in Richmond.

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update 7/01/2020: 

Regular office hours are now being implemented. We highly recommend the use of face masks and encourage scheduling appointments DURING thIS time . If you are currently undergoing treatment, experiencing symptoms or have been exposed please give the care of your pet to someone close to you. We would greatly appreciate if you inform our staff of this SITUATION. 

     Dear Clients, 

 The implications of the COVID-19 are concerning to all. Our top priority is to protect the health and well-being of our staff, clients and community members. Having said that, we will be taking some precautionary measures and actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in accordance with the CDC recommendations; wEARING OF MASK, Hand washing and social distancing guidelines have been implemented. Team members who are not feeling well or have potential exposure to COVID-19 are being asked to stay at home. We have implemented an increased scope and frequency of cleaning in our facility. Surfaces that are touched frequently are being cleaned often and wiped down. Hand sanitizers are placed in multiple locations. We are encouraging drop off appointments, while spacing out the appointments that absolutely cannot be dropped off in hope of limiting face to face time while ensuring that our patients are getting all of the care needed. We encourage quick hand-off of your pets to clinic staff. In some situations, a case by case analysis of the situation may be considered as far as coming in to the hospital.  We want to thank all our dear clients for your understanding and cooperation in these challenging times.  This too shall pass. 

 Thanks, Dr. Fidelis & Staff.


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