RECOVERY & POST-SURGICAL INSTRUCTIONS
Food and Water, Activity, Pain Medication and more
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Food and Water

Wait at least 2 hours after returning home to give your dog or cat food or water. Remember, anesthesia can make pets nauseous. Animals should be offered ½ their normal meal the evening of surgery. Resume normal feeding the following day.

It is not uncommon for your pet to have a bout of loose stool or to vomit from the stress of surgery, but if it persists please call and let us know.

Activity

Cats

We want to make sure that they stay in their carrier until they’re safe and can move around normally after their spay or neuter surgery. The cat can cause injury or damage to itself, you or to your home if released too soon. His or her coordination is hindered by anesthesia, so it won’t be able to jump or climb normally until the anesthesia fully wears off.

Should be confined to a clean, small, warm, and dry area indoors. Limit your cat’s activity level for the next 10-14 days. If your cat is outdoors, do not allow the cat to go outdoors at all for at least 5 days after you pick them up from the clinic. You can keep them in a small space such as a laundry room or garage.

For Feral Cats

We ear tip (Remove the tip of the left ear) so that people can see that the cat has already been altered without trapping it again. Keep the cat in the trap with plenty of water and food where you can check on it frequently for the next 24 hours. Cover the trap with a sheet, towel or blanket to trap warm air and preserve body heat. If it’s on a cold floor (i.e., garage) place a thick towel or blanket under AND over it to maintain the warmth and heat Make sure the trap has plenty of ventilation in hot weather so the cat does not overheat. Unless otherwise advised by the veterinarian, release the cat the day after surgery. If the cat is lactating, she should be released sooner, but only when she is fully awake and moving around easily. Before releasing, make sure the animal is bright and alert and there isn’t any blood in the carrier or trap. If there is a significant amount of blood, the cat may have opened the sutures and they will need to return to Alicia Pacific Veterinary Center for care.

Dogs

Should be confined to a clean, small, warm, and dry area indoors. Limit your dog’s activity level for the next 10-14 days (i.e. no running, jumping, etc.). Leash walk only and try to prevent anything that will stretch the incision site. Do not allow your dog to be unattended around stairs the night after surgery or the following day. He or she may still be groggy and a little uncoordinated.

Sutures

Cats

Females

Female cats do get sutures, but you will not see them as they are internal. They will dissolve, so you do not need to have them removed. You do need to check the incision site (on the belly) daily for the next 5 days to make sure the area is healing and not oozing, swelling or opening. It is common for them to get a small, non-painful lump at the site of the incision.


Males

Male cats do not get sutures but you do need to check the incision area (under the tail) daily for the next 5 days to make sure the area is healing and not oozing or opening.

Dogs

Unless otherwise stated, all dogs have internal sutures that will dissolve. Check the incision twice a day for the next 10-24 days to make certain it is healing and not oozing or swelling. Some bruising is normal.

Baths

Do not bathe your pet for the next 10-14 days. Also, do not allow your pet to swim or take outings in the rain during this time.

Pain Medication

Cats

Dr. Haney will generally prescribe Onsior and/or Buprenex for 3 days.

Dogs

Your dog will be sent home with pain medication. They will get enough for 3 days and they should start the recommended dosage the morning following surgery. Please make sure you are following the instructions on the bottle to administer their medication appropriately.
**Dogs are known to shuffle their food around to avoid any medication in their bowl. It is recommended that you wrap pills in cheese, peanut butter, or stuff them in a hot dog.

E-Collars

Dogs tend to lick their incision site to soothe the discomfort. The e-collar should be kept on them for 10-14 days. It is very important that the e-collar is left on the dog while they are unattended (when you are away from home and overnight).

Tattoos

There will be a small, green tattoo near the incision site on your pet to show that they have been altered. Some green ink may have spread around on your pet’s skin while they were in recovery- don’t try to wash this off- it will wear off on its own and the tattoo will heal very quickly.

Spay & Neuter Services

If you have any questions or concerns,
please call the following number: (949) 388-8499

Spay and Neuter Orange County

Alicia Pacific Veterinary Center is dedicated to the animal community here in California, offering low cost spay & neuter procedures for cats and dogs in Orange County.

Contact Information

(949) 388-8499


30051 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

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