After Surgery

After surgery, it is crucial that your pet is kept calm and restricted from activity for a minimum of 8 weeks. Recovery is a key part of a successful surgical outcome.

While your pet is recovering, check the surgical incision for swelling, increased redness, or discharge. Mild swelling and scabbing are to be expected immediately following surgery, but should not worsen.

To help reduce swelling following your pet’s procedure, a cold compress may be used. Gently apply an ice pack, wrapped in a hand towel, over the incision for about 5-10 minutes three times a day for the first 3-4 days after surgery.

If a bandage was applied after your pet’s surgery, be sure to keep the bandage dry and as clean as possible. Moisture can quickly lead to infection. Please speak to your veterinarian to schedule bandage removal and further care instructions.

Physical therapy is a very important part of ensuring a more successful surgical outcome. PT should start within the first few days after surgery. The goal of PT, especially after an orthopedic procedure, is to maximize mobility and overall comfort to your pet.