General After Care


refer to your discharge letter for your pet’s specific discharge instructions

When you get your pet home, place him/her in a cool/warm (season dependent), quiet, dimly lit and somewhat confined room for several hours. If you leave your pet alone, he/she will sleep and be comfortable. You can increase your pet’s anxiety by doting. Your pet will have adequate medication for pain so you do not need to worry about discomfort.

You will need to keep your pet exercise/activity restricted, away from other animals and small children as much as possible during recovery. Restrictions will be listed in the surgery/discharge report.

Offer your pet a small amount of water. If your pet drinks and does not vomit, then offer twice the original amount. Two hours later if no vomiting has occurred, offer ¼ of the amount of food in a normal meal. If your pet eats and no vomiting occurs in a 2-hour time period, then you may resume normal feeding. Please call Azzore’s office or your veterinarian if your pet does not drink within the first 6 hours of being home or if vomiting occurs.

After surgery, a transdermal pain patch is usually applied to your pet that will provide pain relief for three days following surgery. On the fourth day after surgery, you may remove the patch by peeling it off like a band-aid. Please dispose of the patch by flushing down the toilet. The transdermal pain patch can cause constipation. Dr. Dew will ask that you feed your pet a certain amount of tuna in oil (Starkist®, Chicken of the Sea®, Etc.) for four days following surgery to prevent constipation. The tuna in oil is to be mixed with your pet’s regular food.

Other medications (antibiotic, pain medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, etc.) may be sent home. Please follow the label instructions.

We will want to see your pet for at least one follow-up exam, depending upon the procedure, before he/she is released to full activity. Recheck(s) will be listed in the surgery/discharge letter.