What to Expect After Orthopedic Surgery for Your Pet

If your pet requires orthopedic surgery, you might be feeling a little nervous. Although such procedures are necessary for many injuries and conditions, it can leave many pet parents wondering what to expect afterward. At PetVet, our team wants to ensure that both you and your pet are as comfortable as possible, so we’ve put together this short guide to help.

Your Pet May Experience Some Initial Nausea

Pet orthopedic surgery typically requires anesthesia, which will likely leave your pet feeling nauseous for about 24 hours. Your vet will provide any necessary recommendations for feeding your pet and managing this nausea.

There May Be Changes in Eating Habits

Some pets eat very little – if anything – for the first few days. This is not abnormal, so don’t be alarmed. Just make sure to keep water available at all times.

Changes in Bowel Movements Are Common

When appetites and eating habits change, bowel movements will also change. You’ll probably notice that your pet has few to no bowel movements until they begin eating regularly again.

Your Pet Will Need Medication

Just as you would be sent home with medication after surgery, your pet will require medication as well. It’s crucial that they receive every dose as directed.

They’ll Likely Mess with Their Bandages

Your pet orthopedics specialist will cover the surgical site with compression bandages to help reduce bleeding and the risk of infection. Unfortunately, your pet will try to lick the surgical site, which will often loosen the bandage. If this happens, you’ll need to visit your veterinarian as soon as possible.

They’ll Need a Safe Environment

Your pet will need a safe area to recover from their pet orthopedic surgery. As much as possible, try to set them up in a quiet area that is away from children, other pets, and anything that could potentially cause harm.

Contact Our Pet Orthopedics Specialist in Steinbach

If you have any more questions or need to schedule pet surgery, contact our team at PetVet by calling our team today at (204) 326-6562 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.