Abdominal Surgery Discharge Care Instructions

Abdominal Surgery Discharge Instructions                                                                                                                         

Your pet will have undergone abdominal surgery so the abdomen will be clipped and sutures or staples will have been placed.


Your pet Your pet will gradually recover from the anaesthetic over the next 24-48 hours, but must be kept quiet and warm this evening. Some hair has been clipped from one or more legs and /or neck for the administration of the anaesthetic, intravenous fluids and any blood sampling. Anaesthesia usually involves placing a breathing tube down the windpipe and occasionally this may cause some irritation. You might notice a slight cough which should not last longer than 3-4 days.


Water should be offered when you get home. It is better to drink a little but often; so as much water can be taken as wanted, but not all at once. Fill a water bowl one quarter full, and refill it if it has been empty for 10 minutes. As much water can be drunk as wanted, but spread over a few hours. It is important to feed only the recommended diet, amount and frequency as directed by the practice. If your pet seems depressed, not eating or suffers from any vomiting or diarrhoea, please phone for further advice. Normal feeding patterns should resume within 24-48 hours of surgery.


Please restrict activity for the next 10 days. Dogs should go outside on lead exercise only and for toileting purposes. It is important that dogs are not allowed to run around off the lead until stitches are removed. No swimming for 10 days. Cats should be kept indoors until sutures are removed and please try to avoid jumping on and off of furniture.

Wound care

Please check the incision daily for 10 days. The incision should look better each day and any bruising should gradually subside. If you notice any swelling or any discharge, please contact us. Your pet should not be allowed to lick at its incision. This will delay healing and may introduce infection. Buster collars can be supplied if necessary.

Post-Operative Pain Relief

Your pet will either have been given long acting pain relief or you will be given Metacam along with instructions on how long to adminster it for.


Post-Operative Antibiotics

Your pet will either have been given long acting antibiotic or you will be given antibiotic to adminsiter at home.


Post-Operative Checks

You will be advised at the time of discharge whether or not your pet requires a free of charge post operative check.  If required an appointmetn will be made for you at the time.


Suture Removal

Your pet may have dissolvable sutures and therefore removal will not be necessary.  If suture removal is required an appointment will be made for you for 10 days after surgery.


Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any concerns or queries.



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