Your pet has undergone general anesthesia and surgical sterilization. For the safety of you and your animal, we recommend the following aftercare instructions be reviewed and followed. If you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s condition after surgery, please call the clinic at (480) 821-7380 Monday-Friday 6:30am-4:30pm.


  1. Due to the lingering effects of anesthesia, your pet may be sedated or groggy this evening. Sedation may last 24 hours. Your pet may be glassy-eyed, wobbly, shivering, nauseous, or irritable. Cats especially can be confused and become aggressive.  We recommend confining your pet to a bathroom or bedroom for the first 24-48 hours after surgery.
  2. A slight cough from the tracheal tube may be noticed as well as excessive eye discharge from the eye lubricant that is administered during anesthesia.
  3. Your pet needs to be kept indoors after surgery. This will allow you to closely monitor your pet’s recovery and will prevent complications and possible death from exposure to outdoor temperature extremes.
  4. Restrict activity for the next 10-14 days – no running, jumping, playing. Keep pets on leash when outside. Take stairs slowly.  After the initial seven days of rest, slowly increase the amount of activity allowed over the second week.
  5. You may give a small amount of your pet’s normal food and small amount of water. Gradually increase the amount of food and water you offer your pet over the next day.
  6. We require the purchase of an E-Collar for your pet to avoid any licking, chewing or scratching to the incision site. Keep the E-Collar on for the full 10-14 days.
  7. Check the incision daily. Some redness, swelling, minor bruising and/or a hard lump at the incision site can be a normal reaction to the suture material. If this reaction occurs, it should subside in a few weeks. If you notice your pets incision is open or oozing please call us immediately.
  8. No bathing, swimming or grooming for 10-14 days after surgery. Your pet has absorbable sutures, if wet this could cause the sutures to prematurely dissolve.  Gently towel dry the incision site if your pet becomes wet. Do not put any topical medications, bandages, or adhesives on your pets surgical site.
  9. Only give the medications that have been prescribed for your pet by the veterinarian at today's visit. Many over-the-counter human products are toxic to dogs and cats. Tylenol (acetaminophen) and aspirin can be deadly.​



​​​We are NOT a 24 hour care facility. For after hour questions or emergencies please contact one of the following  24 hour pet emergency hospitals.  We are not responsible for cost of services obtained at another clinic or hospital.

**First Pet Animal Hospital 480-732-0018   1233 W. Warner Rd, Chandler, AZ 85224

**Emergency Animal Clinic 480-497-0222   86 W. Juniper Ave, Gilbert, AZ 85233

Post-operative Instructions

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