Post-Operative Pet Care
- No running, jumping, playing, swimming, or other strenuous activity for 7 to 10 days. Pets should be kept indoors where they can stay clean, dry and warm.
- No baths during the recovery period. Dogs must be walked on a leash and cats kept indoors.
- Check the incision site twice daily. There should be no drainage. Redness and swelling should be minimal. A firm knot or lump at the incision site is normal. Do not allow pet to lick or chew at the incision. If this occurs, to prevent the licking, an Elizabethan collar should be used.
- Lethargy, appetite loss, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, and coughing COULD occur up to 24 hours following surgery. Symptoms lasting more than 24 hours should be followed up by contacting C-SNIP for a recheck.
- Your pet received a green tattoo on their abdomen as a universal sign that they have been spayed or neutered. This is not an incision.
- C-SNIP will treat any complications resulting from surgery at our clinic, at no additional cost, other than take home post-operative medications.
- We cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from a client’s refusal to follow post-op instructions, or for contagious diseases for which the animal was not previously vaccinated.
- Your regular veterinarian must address any illness or injury that is not a direct result of surgery, but always call C-SNIP first to discuss.
- If there are any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call this office Monday through Friday 616-455-8220 x2 and we will return your call. You do not need an appointment for a re-check but must bring you pet to the clinic between 9AM and 4PM Monday through Friday.
- For after hours questions, please refer to your aftercare instructions sheet for our 24-hour advice line. You can also call the clinic at (616) 455-8220 and follow the prompts to access the 24-hour advice line.