Caesarian Post Operative Care Instructions

Your pet will gradually recover from the anaesthetic over the next 24-48 hours, but must be kept quiet and warm this evening. Some hair has been clipped from one or more legs and /or neck for the administration of the anaesthetic, intravenous fluids and any blood sampling. Anaesthesia usually involves placing a breathing tube down the windpipe and occasionally this may cause some irritation. You might notice a slight cough which should not last longer than 3-4 days.

Water should be offered when you get home. It is better to drink a little but often; so as much water can be taken as wanted, but not all at once. Fill a water bowl one quarter full, and refill it if it has been empty for 10 minutes. It is important to encourage feeding and a little of the recommended recovery diet should be offered once home. For the first 24 hours, the recovery diet can be used as the sole foodstuff. Within a day, most nursing mothers will need to have 2 or 3 meals a day, and often use this feeding time as a chance to get a short rest from their offspring, so it is a good idea to offer the food at the far side of the room from the welping/kittening box.
If your pet seems depressed, not eating or suffers from any vomiting or diarrhoea, please phone for further advice.

Please restrict activity for the next 10 days. Dogs should go outside on a lead and only for toileting purposes. It is important that dogs are not allowed to run around until stitches are removed. No swimming for 10 days. Cats should be kept indoors until sutures are removed and try to prevent jumping on and off of furniture.

Wound care
Please check the incision daily for 10 days. The incision should look better each day and any bruising should gradually subside. If you notice any swelling or discharge, contact us. Your pet should not be allowed to lick at its incision. This will delay healing and may introduce infection. Buster collars can be supplied if necessary.

Newborn Care
The puppies and kittens of mothers who have had a caesarean are often slightly anaesthetised themselves. They usually recover within an hour or so, but it is important they are kept at a comfortable room temperature of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. They need to start suckling as soon as possible and without being intrusive, they should be observed to ensure that Mum allows them to start suckling within 3 hours. If not, they may need to be bottle fed.


Post-Operative Pain Relief
Your pet will either have been given long acting pain relief or you will be given pain relief to administer at home.


Post-Operative Antibiotics
Your pet will either have been given long acting antibiotics or you will be given antibiotics to administer at home.


Post-Operative Checks
You will be told at the time of discharge whether or not your pet requires a free of charge post operative check.  If so an appointment will be made for you.

Suture Removal
If your pet has dissolvable stitches in place they will not need to be removed.  If your pet's stitches do need to be removed an appointment will be made for your for 10 days after the operation. 


Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any concerns or queries



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