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.
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.
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.