Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Caring for your dog before and after surgery Owner Factsheet

Most pets will have an operation at some stage in their life, eg for neutering (speying or castration) or to treat a disease. Nowadays most operations in dogs and cats are fairly safe but the success of treatment and recovery depends to some extent on the quality of care that the owner gives before and after the operation.

What do I do before the operation?

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What happens on the day of the operation?

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When will my pet be able to come home?

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What should I do when I get my pet home?

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Will my pet be ill after the anaesthetic?

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What are the signs of more serious problems?

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How do I stop my pet pulling its stitches out?

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