Post-op Instructions

what to do for your pet after surgery


Limit activity for at least one week after surgery.

No running, jumping, playing, swimming or other strenuous activity for 7 to 10 days after surgery. Pets must be kept indoors where they can stay clean, dry and warm. No baths during the recovery period. Dogs must be taken outside on a leash even in a fenced yard. Cats must stay indoors.


Monitor appetite & activity level for 24 hrs after surgery.

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 you should contact us promptly at 479-434-4740 or your regular veterinarian. Dogs may have a slight cough for a few days after surgery.


The incision site needs to be checked twice a day.

Do not allow the animal to lick or chew at the incision. If this occurs, an E-collar MUST be put on immediately to prevent injury to the surgical site. Kitties & Kanines is not liable for any self-induced trauma resulting from not using an E-collar. Dogs will be fitted with an E-collar after surgery at the clinic. Redness and swelling should be minimal.


Keep a consistent diet at least one week after surgery.

Do not change your pet's diet for 7 to 10 days after surgery, and DO NOT give them any people food or table scraps during the recovery period. Doing so could mask post-operative complications.


Quarantine female pets who were in heat before surgery.

If your female pet was in heat before surgery, you MUST keep her away from intact (not neutered) and recently neutered males for TWO weeks or serious complications may result. Contact Kitties & Kanines at 479-434-4740 if any discharge from the incision occurs.


Do not give you pet human pain medication.

Pain medication that lasts for 24 hours was given to your pet at the time of surgery. DO NOT give your pet any human pain relievers (including Aspirin, Advil, Tylenol, etc.). These medications have the potential to be toxic to your pet.