Feline Spay Post-Operative Care Instructions
Your pet had anesthia and surgery today - both are stressful on the body and often require several days to fully recover from. It is not unusual for activity and appetite to be decreased as well as urination and defication patterns altered (sometimes less, sometimes more, sometimes mild diarrhea, etc.) for 3-5 days afterwards. So as long as your pet is eating and drinking, not vomiting, and not having blood in either their urine or feces just monitor during this 3-5 day recovery window. All outside animals should be kept indoors for at least 48 hours if possible. Offer a very small amout of food and water the first night, but do not worry if one or both of these are not consumed. After the first night, resume normal feeding schedule and amount.
Your pet has an incesion on its belly. Unless otherwise noted there are no external or visable stitches in the incesion. It is not uncommon for the incession to have mild bruising, mild swelling, or SMALL amounts of bloody or yellow colored discharge. Older animals or animals that were pregnant, recently in heat or recently pregnant will have increased bleeding from the incesion for 48 hours due to the more developed veins under the skin. Often this occurs after they have been sitting or laying for a bit and stand up. It is not cause for alarm so long as its not continuous and reduces over time (stopping within 48 hours).
Pets often lick at the incesions especially as they heal. Licking in excess can cause trauma to the incesion which can delay healing and increase the rish of infection. Mild licking can often be controlled by applying deodorant or mouthwash AROUND (not directly on) the incesion. More intense licking may require a "cone" or E-collar to stop. Getting wet will also delay healing of the incision and greatly increase the risk of infection. Absolutely NO swimming, playing in the mud puddles, or bathing for 7 days after surgery. If the incision does get wet, immediately clean, dry and apply triple antibiotic cream.
Your pet had major surgery and while they often do not act like it, they need a minimum of 7 days to recover before allowing physical exertion. Controlled activity is fine. Uncontrolled activity such as running, jumping, roughhousing with playmates, etc. can stress the incesion delaying healing, causing significant swelling or worst case cause the incesion to break open.
It is not uncommon to get swelling under the incesion (this will be worse if they have been active) 5-10 days after surgery as the body starts to break down the internal suture. This swelling should be non-painful, cool to the touch, soft and may have blister like areas that open up expelling small pieces of suture. It should resolve in 1-2 weeks.
Your pet did receive an antibiotic injection and anti-pain injection immediately following surgery. Cats so not tolerate pain medication well - they have a lot of side effects from the more common pain medications. Thus, we typically do not dispense pain medication after surgery. If you feel your cat is in pain though please let us know and we can discuss the benifits -vs- risk of the various pain medications. We typically do not dispense antibiotics after surgery. If you feel your cat needs antibiotics please bring her in for us to check and see if antibiotics are needed.
MONITOR: The incision, gums (should be pink), appetite, water intake, urination and defication.
**Not eating, urinating or defication for over 36 hours**
**Incision is gaping open or is significantly swollen or red**
**Bleeding or yellow discharge that persists more than 3 days or large amounts of the discharge**
**Vomiting or bloody diarrhea**
**Decreased activity that lasts more than 5 days**
**Inability to stand or walk or acting confused, disoriented, or walking "funny" after 12 hours**
If your pet experiences any of the above danger signs call us immediately at 912-448-2282
If you are unable to reach us do not wait for a call back if you feel it is a real emergency. Your pets health is most important. We reccomend that you try to contact an emergency vet or other local veterinarian. One emergency veterinary clinic we recommed try is Savannah Emergency Clinic at 912-355-6113