At Castle Vets we realise the importance of communicating with our clients so they are fully aware of all procedures undertaken. When owners collect their pets we provide both written and verbal instructions to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery. Obviously depending on the procedure undertaken these instructions will vary on a case by case basis.

See below some useful tips

  1. Contact us

Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions. We are happy to help and there ally are no silly questions when it comes to your pet’s healthcare! Alternatively, just book an appointment by clicking this link or phoning the practice on 01-4640499. All our post-op care appointments are free of charge so there’s no need to worry about additional consultation fees.

  1. Confinement

In the majority of cases confinement and rest will undoubtedly help the recovery process. Particularly for the first 72hrs post-op it is advisable to avoid any jumping, boisterous play, running or racing up and down the stairs! Even though your pet can seem back to normal, it is important to curtail (pun intended) these activities. Confinement should be comfortable for your pet so have a cosy bed ready for them, with food and water available nearby.

  1. Surgical site

It is important to keep an eye on the surgical site. At Castle Vets we will show you your pet’s incision when you come to collect them so that you know what it should normally look like. Please keep an eye out for any discharges, redness or swelling. If you have any concerns just give us a call. All post-op appointments for suture removal and wound checks will be made when your pet is being discharged.

  1. Bandages

We routinely use bandages to protect wounds, support limbs and to help keep your pet comfortable. It is very important bandages are kept clean, dry and changed frequently. An appointment to redress or remove bandages will be made for you at the time of discharge. If there are any issues with your pet’s bandage just simply call us, it is much better to be seen sooner rather than later!

  1. Elizabethan collars

Some clients hate the sight of an Elizabethan collar but they are very important in allowing surgical incisions to heal as quickly as possible. A pet’s first instinct with a wound is often to lick it, but their mouths are far from clean and excessive licking or scratching at the incision will interfere with wound healing and lead to complications that can be completely avoided by wearing a collar.

The bottom line is not to hesitate to contact the clinic at ANY stage during your pet’s post-surgical recovery should you have any concerns. As the old adage saying goes; a stitch in time saves nine!

Book an appointment by clicking here or phoning the practice on 01-4640499.