Pet Ownership Basics: How to Care for Your Pet After Surgery

Is it time for your pet to have surgery? We understand how frustrating it is to think of your dog or cat requiring surgery, but rest assured, your veterinarian will only perform surgery if it is absolutely necessary. 

You have a part to play in the success of your pet’s surgery. It’s critical that you strictly adhere to activity restriction guidelines. Here are pointers to help you be at ease and get the most out of your post-surgery care.

What to Expect Before Surgery

Having surgery performed on your pets can be frightening. Your veterinarian from a spay and neuter clinic or any clinic will take precautions to make sure that everything runs smoothly.

Pre-surgery Evaluations

Vaccinating your pets, taking them to regular checkups, and providing them with other routine care is crucial. This page will let you see if your pet is at risk of anesthesia-related complications. 

On the other hand, your veterinarian will double-check the procedure’s details, give your pet a physical exam, and make sure that all blood tests have been completed and reviewed.

Post-Operative Care

Keep them on the ground.

Petting and cuddling your pet is fine as long as it is done gently, but it is best to keep them on the floor. Keeping them in your bed is not a good idea because the step up to your mattress may cause a fall or overexertion, aggravating their injury.

Provide a clean and relaxing environment for them.

When a pet is sedated or has wounds still healing, accidents can happen, so having a bed with a cover that can easily be removed so that you can wash as needed is a good idea. This is also a good option when the wound needs to be kept clean and dry. 

Because most pets will be sleepy after surgery, their bed must support their injuries while also being soft enough to encourage a speedy recovery. Click here to learn more about it.

Adjust the room’s temperature.

Following anesthesia, some dogs may experience hypothermia or a drop in core body temperature. This may lead you to overcompensate by wrapping them in a heavy blanket, which, due to their fur, can cause them to overheat. They should be covered with a light, breathable blanket. Keep an eye on them and pay attention to their reactions and behaviors.

Allow time for your pets to rest.

Allow plenty of time for your pets to recover and rest, as advised by your veterinarian. On the other hand, our canine companions aren’t always aware of the need to rest. As they recover, you may notice them attempting to resume their normal playtimes and other activities. 

But they’ll have to wait until they’re fully recovered before doing so. For this reason, confining them in a small, comfortable enclosure complete with a bed and a pain-relieving cushion is a good idea.


Do not be hesitant to ask questions. You’ll almost certainly be given written and verbal instructions on how to care for your pet after surgery. Rest and following your veterinarian’s instructions are essential for your pet’s recovery after surgery. Being there for them and making sure they are comfortable will go a long way toward ensuring a quick recovery.