A Guideline on How to Keep Your Pets Safe After Surgery

Is it time for your pet to go under the knife? We understand how frustrating it is to think about your dog or cat needing surgery, but rest assured that your veterinarian will only perform surgery if it is necessary. You have a role to play in your pet’s surgery’s success. You must follow the activity restriction guidelines properly. Here are some pointers to help you unwind and make the most of your post-surgery care.

What to Expect Before Surgery

It can be frightening to have surgery performed on your pets. Your veterinarian will take precautions to ensure that everything goes smoothly to give you peace of mind. This link can provide additional information about pet surgery. 

Pre-surgery Assessments

Vaccinating your pets, taking them to regular checkups, and giving them other routine care is important. Learn more about each one to understand its value. 

Your veterinarian from Carrier Animal Hospital will double-check the procedure’s details. They will also give your pet a physical exam and ensure that all blood tests have been completed and reviewed to see if your pet is at risk of anesthesia-related complications. 

Postoperative Care for Pets

Keep them on the ground.

It’s fine to pet and cuddle your pet as long as you do so gently, but it’s best to keep them on the floor. It’s not a good idea to keep them in your bed because the step up to your mattress could result in a fall or overexertion, aggravating their injury.

Provide them with a clean and relaxing environment.

Accidents can occur when a pet is groggy from being sedated, or wounds are still healing, so having a bed with a removable cover that you can wash as needed is a good idea. If the wound needs to be kept clean and dry, this is also a good option. Because most pets will be sleepy after surgery, it’s critical that their bed both supports their injuries and is soft enough to promote a quick recovery.

Adjust the temperature of the room.

Some dogs may experience hypothermia, or a drop in core body temperature, after anesthesia. This may cause you to overcompensate by wrapping them in a heavy blanket, which can overheat them due to their fur. A light, breathable blanket should be used to cover them. Keep an eye on them and observe their reactions and behaviors from time to time.

Make time for your pets to relax.

As advised by your veterinarian, give your pets plenty of time to recover and rest. Our canine companions, on the other hand, aren’t always aware of the need to unwind. You may notice them attempting to resume their normal playtimes and other activities as they recover. But that will have to wait until they’ve fully recovered. Confining them in a small, comfortable enclosure with a bed and a pain-relieving cushion is a good idea for this reason.


Do not be afraid to ask questions. After surgery, you’ll almost certainly be given both written and verbal instructions on how to care for your pet. Rest and following your veterinarian’s instructions are essential for your pet’s recovery after surgery. Being there for them and ensuring their comfort will go a long way toward ensuring a speedy recovery.