Southern Cross Vets in Port Elizabeth
DISCHARGE FORM FOR SPAYS


What to look out for after your pet has been spayed?

Please check the wound on a daily basis for signs of:

§Swelling
§Infection
§Self-mutilation

If severe swelling, inflammation or discomfort is apparent, please contact us immediately. It is your responsibility to take good care of your pet's wound.

Mammary enlargement may persist for a month or more if your pet was on heat before surgery.


What to do after your pet has been spayed?

§Remember that your pet’s sutures are due for removal ten to fourteen (10-14) days after the operation
§It is advisable to keep your cat indoors for at least one night after the surgery and to restrict your dog’s exercise until suture removal
§Normal exercise can be resumed after the sutures are removed
§Reduce daily food intake by about 10% because your pet’s nutritional requirements will probably be less after being spayed
§Pets on heat before spaying may still stand for mating for a few days. This can lead to fatal bleeding, so please ensure that your pet is isolated from intact males for at least five (5) days after surgery back to top


DISCHARGE FORM FOR DOG CASTRATIONS


What to look out for after your dog has been neutered?

Please check the wound on a daily basis for signs of:

§Swelling
§Infection
§Self-mutilation

A swollen scrotum post operatively is most likely due to oozing of blood under the skin. If severe swelling or discomfort is apparent, please contact us immediately.
It is your responsibility to take good care of your pet's wound.


What to do after your dog has been neutered?

§Limit your dog’s exercise until after suture removal
§Remember that your dog’s sutures are due for removal ten to fourteen (10-14) days after the operation
§Reduce daily food intake by about 10% because your dog’s nutritional requirements will probably be less after neutering


When will your dog’s undesirable behaviour change?

Aggression or urine spraying may take six (6) weeks or longer to diminish.
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DISCHARGE FORM FOR CAT CASTRATIONS

What to look out for after your cat has been neutered?

There are no sutures to remove as the wound is left open to drain and heal. Please check the wound on a daily basis for signs of:

§Swelling
§Infection
§Self-mutilation

If severe swelling or discomfort is apparent, please contact us immediately.
It is your responsibility to take good care of your pet's wound.


What to do after your cat has been neutered?

§It is advisable to keep your cat indoors for at least one night to let your cat fully recover from the anaesthetic and surgery
§Reduce daily food intake by about 10% because your cat’s nutritional requirements will probably be less after neutering


When will your cat’s undesirable behaviour change?

Fighting, aggression or urine spraying may take six (6) weeks or longer to diminish.
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WOUND CARE

Wound Care is a very important part of post-surgical care and essential for healing to take place.
It is your responsibility to take good care of your pet's wound.

Please follow the advice below:

§Please check your pet’s wound daily - the stitches should still be there!!!!
§The wound should stay as dry as possible, so no bathing or swimming until the stitches have been removed.
§Only bathe the wound twice daily with tap water and cotton wool if it becomes dirty or for the first few days after stitching if there is a little oozing.  An antiseptic cream like “Bactroban” or “Betadine” can then be applied to the wound.
§Please contact the practice for advice if your pet is licking or scratching the wound, as you may need to use “Avert” or a clic collar.
§If a dressing has been applied to the wound, please keep the dressing in a good condition.  It should be changed or removed after 2-3 days unless otherwise instructed.
§If your pet has removed the stitches and the wound is gaping, please return to the practice as the wound may need to be stitched again.
§A little swelling of the wound may be normal but please return your pet to the practice for a check up if there is a lot of swelling or oozing from the wound.
§Please try to keep your pet relatively calm until the stitches have been removed.  Jumping up and down may cause unnecessary swelling and pain.
§The area that was shaved and aseptically prepared for the operation can sometimes develop a rash - you can apply an antiseptic cream like “Bactroban” if needed.
§Please give all the medication as instructed.

Stitches need to be removed 14 days after the operation.
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OTHAEMATOMA DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS

An othaematoma is a collection of blood within the ear flap which causes a blood-filled swelling. It can occur in both dogs and cats. It can occur due to trauma or head shaking because of an ear infection.

Why operate?

Simple drainage of the blood leads to a high recurrence rate so the treatment of choice is surgery. It is important to operate soon to avoid long term damage of the ear flap.

What is involved in the operation?

The swelling is opened by making a straight or S-shaped cut. The blood is drained from the ear. Lots of stitches are then placed through the ear flap. The skin cut is left open to allow drainage. Blood may drip or ooze from the cut for a few days after the surgery.

How to care for your pet after the operation?

Please bathe the ear flap twice daily with tap water and cotton wool. "Bactroban" or an equivalent ointment can be applied to the ear flap. Please give all the medication as instructed. Stitch removal is in 14 days but some stitches may be left for longer. Please do not allow your pet to scratch the ear - collars are available if necessary.
It is your responsibility to take good care of your pet's wound.
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DISCHARGE FORM FOR SPAYS

DISCHARGE FORM FOR DOG
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DISCHARGE FORM FOR CAT CASTRATIONS

WOUND CARE

OTHAEMATOMA DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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