By Diana Bocco
When it comes to post-operative care for pets, there’s no such thing as “standard procedure.” That’s because each cat and dog surgery and each pet is different.
“Post-op specifics will vary depending on your pet’s age and condition, as well as the exact type of surgery involved,” says Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM, an integrative veterinarian and the country’s first veterinarian to be awarded a Diplomate Certification from the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine.
In general, Osborne says, it’s common for most pets to be sleepy and a bit lethargic for the first 12-24 hours after surgery—which is why it’s important to let them rest and recover.
If you’re not sure what to expect—or even if you think you are—talking to your veterinarian can help you to figure out the right course of action.
“Many well-meaning pet owners pick up their pets after surgery and then panic because they’re not sure what to do or what to expect,” Osborne says. “It’s a good idea to ask for a written list of specific details regarding your pet’s post-op care.”
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