Post-Operative Care

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postopYour dog or cat will be sleepy when they go home. You will need to provide a safe and warm place for them to stay overnight that is free of stairs or uneven surfaces. You are welcome to call to check on your pet after 1:00 pm the day of the surgery to see how they are recovering.

When you pick up your pet, you will be given written, detailed information regarding recovery and special care that may be needed.

General Care of Skin Incisions

Your dog or cat has undergone a procedure which may require stitches to help heal. There are often also stitches in deeper tissues, which you cannot see. If there are no visible stitches removal is not necessary. These hidden stitches promote healing. In most cases, an incision will heal without any complications. However, since stitches are foreign material to the body, complications occasionally occur.

Check the stitches daily. Try to keep the area clean and prevent your pet from touching the area.

Look for redness, swelling, and most importantly discharge. Any discharge from the skin incision more than 3 days after surgery is abnormal and should immediately be reported to us.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact our office at 262-695-6120.

Pain Management

Your cat or dog cannot tell you when it is in pain. Treating a pet’s pain can be complicated. At Lakeview Animal Hospital, our treatment begins with determining the location and cause of the pain. Once we have that information, we will determine the best treatment method to lower the pain and increase the health and comfort of the pet. The more comfortable and active an animal is, the better its overall health.