|Cat Cryptorchid – Abdominal||Additional|
|Dog Cryptorchid – Abdominal||Additional|
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The day before surgery should be a normal day up until bedtime.
Do not feed your animal after 10 P.M. the night prior to surgery (this includes even small treats). They may have water. It is for your animal's safety that their stomach should be empty the day of surgery: a small number of animals will vomit in response to anesthetic drugs, and if this vomit contains food, it may be aspirated (inhaled into the lungs) while the animal is unconscious and does not have normal swallowing ability. Aspiration of food can result in life-threatening pneumonia. All dogs are intubated (with a tube placed in their trachea, or windpipe) during the surgery itself, however they may vomit immediately before or after the surgery at a time when the tube is not in place to protect the airways. The majority of our feline patients do not need to be intubated due to the anesthetic drugs we use for them, and so are at a higher risk of aspiration. We take extra precautions in very small and very young animals to ensure that their blood sugar does not become too low as a result of overnight fasting.
Please walk your dog and allow your cat to use the litter box the morning of surgery. This will make them less likely to urinate/defecate on themselves as they recover from anesthesia. If you wish for us to check a fecal sample for intestinal parasites, please bring that morning's feces; if your pet has defecated immediately prior to coming for surgery, the colon will likely be empty and we will not be able to collect a sample.
When your pet returns home the day of surgery:
- Confine your pet to a small, quiet indoor area. Be careful as they are more likely to bite/scratch until the effects of anesthesia have fully worn off. Keep them separate from other animals and young children.
- Offer water and food in small amounts. Resume normal feeding the day after surgery.
- Very young, small animals are at higher risk of drops in blood sugar and body temperature. Be sure they eat and are kept warm; do not place them on heating pads as severe burns can occur.
For the next two weeks:
- Restrict your pet's activity for 10-14 days after surgery. Excessive activity (running, jumping, or wrestling with other pets) causes increased pain, prolongs healing time, and may cause the incision to come open. Keep dogs on a leash, and take them outside only for bathroom needs.
- Check your pet's incision daily. Slight redness is normal; some animals have an inflammatory reaction to the sutures, resulting in a firm lump under the incision. A male's scrotum may appear swollen and a female that was in heat may continue bleeding from her vulva for 5-7 days after surgery.
- Do not allow your pet to lick the incision site, as this will cause infection and make the incision come open. We recommend using an e-collar, especially when you will not be with your pet to watch them; pets may not lick the incision in your presence, but will do so in your absence; it only takes a few minutes of licking to cause significant damage.
- Your pet has internal sutures that will dissolve over the next 4-6 weeks. Unless otherwise noted, there are no external/skin sutures; the skin is closed with surgical glue.
- Your pet was given a green tattoo on their abdomen to signify that they have been sterilized.
- Do not bathe your pet for 14 days (until the incision is completely healed), as this can lead to infection.
- Keep pets away from un-sterilized animals for several weeks as they may still try to breed.
- Your pet was given an injection of pain medication at the time of surgery. Do NOT give over-the-counter pain relievers (Tylenol, aspirin, etc.) to your pet; these can be deadly to them. If you did not purchase pain medication at the time of surgery, but feel that your pet is significantly uncomfortable, please contact us to acquire a medication that is safe for your pet.
Seek veterinary attention if:
- Your pet has not returned to normal eating and drinking habits within 2 days after surgery.
- Nausea and vomiting occur more than 24 hours after anesthesia.
- The incision is breaking open, is foul-smelling, or is oozing fluid, blood, or pus.
- You notice a soft, movable swelling under the incision.
Seek URGENT veterinary care if your pet is bleeding excessively, has pale gums, is unable to rise, or is having difficulty breathing.
If you have any post-operative concerns, we are happy to recheck your animal. Please call ahead to arrange a time.
If you elect to take your pet to another veterinarian for follow-up, Jessica Beath Clinic is not responsible for any fees incurred.