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Surgical Discharge and Follow-up Care for Pets

Surgical Discharge Once surgical procedures are completed and after full recovery from anesthesia, animals are discharged from the clinic the same day as surgery. Post Surgical Discharge is typically after 5:00pm.  Your veterinarian will determine when your pet can go home after observing their behavior after surgery.  Plan to be here 20-30 minutes for discharge. Please note that in the rare event of unforeseen circumstances or emergencies at the clinic there may be a longer wait at discharge. We will review the after surgery instructions with you, giving you a copy and retaining a copy for your file. You will be told what to expect over the next few days as your pet recovers from surgery. You will be told of any conditions or medical issues the veterinarian may have found during examination which may require follow up at a full service veterinary clinic.
What to Expect When You Bring Your Pet Home We strongly recommend you keep your pet confined in a crate or small room the night after surgery.  Your pet may be groggy when you get home, experiencing a "hang-over" from the anesthesia. Your pet will typically require 18-24 hours to recover from the general anesthesia. Most animals will be back to normal when the anesthesia leaves their system entirely.  Your pet may sleep much more than normal for 18-24 hours following surgery.  You pet may be a little agitated or aggressive due to the after-effects of anesthesia. Avoid handling the animal too much as he/she may try to bite or scratch you.  Isolate the animal from children and other pets. He may be more prone to snapping or nipping at other pets and even children due to the after-effects of anesthesia.  Your pet may have poor balance. This will make climbing stairs or getting in and out of the car more difficult than usual, so be ready to assist. Help your dog in and out of the car as sudden movements can damage his stitches. Lift the dog by wrapping your arms around the dog's chest/front legs and rear/back legs. Make sure your cat has a comfortable spot to sleep in a confined, secure, quiet place. Once she's settled, she's likely to sleep it off and will be fine upon awakening.
INCISION SITE What you see on the day of surgery is what we consider normal. There should be no drainage. A very small amount of redness/swelling at incision may occur.  If animal allows, check incision site once daily for one week. Check for excessive redness, swelling, discharge, blood or if incision site is open.  Do not clean or apply any topical ointment to the incision site. SUTURES Unless you are told otherwise, your pet does not have external sutures.  Male cats do not have any sutures.  All sutures are absorbed internally. The very outer layer of skin is held together with surgical glue. If you are told that your pet has skin sutures or skin staples, he/she will need to return in 7-10 days to have those removed. FEEDING Anesthesia tends to make animals experience nausea, so your pet may not want to eat when he/she gets home after surgery.  You need to re-introduce food slowly. Offer a small amount of food and water as soon as animal is fully awake. If vomiting occurs, wait until the next day to give more food. Provide your normal amount of food and water to your pet on the day after surgery.  Do not change your pet's diet at this time and do not give junk food, table scraps, milk or any other people food for a period of one week. This could mask post-surgical complications.  Your pet's appetite should return gradually within 24 hours of surgery.  
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Santa Monica Veterinarians Mary Isaacs DVM, Anthony George DVM, Michael Yuan DVM, Annie Hernandez DVM, Reshma Bijlani DVM, Amelia Harris DVM, Helene Tolliver DVM,
Surgical Discharge
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Surgical Discharge Once surgical procedures are completed and after full recovery from anesthesia, animals are discharged from the clinic the same day as surgery. Post Surgical Discharge is typically after 5:00pm.  Your veterinarian will determine when your pet can go home after observing their behavior after surgery.  Plan to be here 20-30 minutes for discharge. Please note that in the rare event of unforeseen circumstances or emergencies at the clinic there may be a longer wait at discharge. We will review the after surgery instructions with you, giving you a copy and retaining a copy for your file. You will be told what to expect over the next few days as your pet recovers from surgery. You will be told of any conditions or medical issues the veterinarian may have found during examination which may require follow up at a full service veterinary clinic.
What to Expect When You Bring Your Pet Home We strongly recommend you keep your pet confined in a crate or small room the night after surgery.  Your pet may be groggy when you get home, experiencing a "hang- over" from the anesthesia. Your pet will typically require 18-24 hours to recover from the general anesthesia. Most animals will be back to normal when the anesthesia leaves their system entirely.  Your pet may sleep much more than normal for 18-24 hours following surgery.  You pet may be a little agitated or aggressive due to the after-effects of anesthesia. Avoid handling the animal too much as he/she may try to bite or scratch you.  Isolate the animal from children and other pets. He may be more prone to snapping or nipping at other pets and even children due to the after-effects of anesthesia.  Your pet may have poor balance. This will make climbing stairs or getting in and out of the car more difficult than usual, so be ready to assist. Help your dog in and out of the car as sudden movements can damage his stitches. Lift the dog by wrapping your arms around the dog's chest/front legs and rear/back legs. Make sure your cat has a comfortable spot to sleep in a confined, secure, quiet place. Once she's settled, she's likely to sleep it off and will be fine upon awakening.
INCISION SITE What you see on the day of surgery is what we consider normal. There should be no drainage. A very small amount of redness/swelling at incision may occur.  If animal allows, check incision site once daily for one week. Check for excessive redness, swelling, discharge, blood or if incision site is open.  Do not clean or apply any topical ointment to the incision site. SUTURES Unless you are told otherwise, your pet does not have external sutures.  Male cats do not have any sutures.  All sutures are absorbed internally. The very outer layer of skin is held together with surgical glue. If you are told that your pet has skin sutures or skin staples, he/she will need to return in 7-10 days to have those removed. FEEDING Anesthesia tends to make animals experience nausea, so your pet may not want to eat when he/she gets home after surgery.  You need to re-introduce food slowly. Offer a small amount of food and water as soon as animal is fully awake. If vomiting occurs, wait until the next day to give more food. Provide your normal amount of food and water to your pet on the day after surgery.  Do not change your pet's diet at this time and do not give junk food, table scraps, milk or any other people food for a period of one week. This could mask post-surgical complications.  Your pet's appetite should return gradually within 24 hours of surgery.  
Santa Monica Veterinarian Reshma Bijlani DVM
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