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If no attempt is made to reach us, we cannot be responsible for the resulting charges to treat your pet at another facility.
Kindest Cut veterinary staff will provide you with complete instructions on how to care for you pet following his/her surgery, but the following are things to be aware of before you come in:
No strenuous activity for 10 to 14 days. Keep your pet quiet – no running, jumping, playing, swimming, etc. If your pet is too active - they run the risk of developing swelling around the incision site (seromas or scrotal hematomas), and this could result in premature dissolving of sutures, opening of the incision and costly medical care that would be your responsibility.
Keep pets indoors where they can stay clean and dry. No baths during the recovery period. Dogs must be walked on a leash and cats kept indoors.
Male pets can still impregnate an unsterilized female up to one month after surgery. Please keep a close eye on your pet.
Do not allow your pet to lick or chew at the incision. The mouths and tongues of our pets have vast amounts of bacteria and can be very harmful to an incision. Allowing your pet to lick or chew at the incision can cause infection, premature dissolving of sutures, opening of incisions and a whole host of problems. If they are licking - get them an Elizabethan (cone) collar as soon as possible at your regular veterinarian or local pet supply store to prevent costly medications or repairs to the surgical site.
Check the incision site two times a day and don’t allow them to lick or chew at it. There should be no drainage other than a very small amount the night of surgery, unless you have an adult male dog. Redness and swelling should be minimal. If chewing occurs, an Elizabethan collar (cone) MUST be worn by the pet to stop it.
Appetite should return gradually within 24 hours of surgery. A sluggish nature lasting for more than 24 hours following the surgery, diarrhea, and/or vomiting are not normal. If you pet experiences these reactions, please contact us. Dogs may have a slight cough for a few days after surgery.
Do not change your pet’s diet at this time or give scraps. Do not give junk food, milk or any other people food during the recovery period. These foods can mask post-surgical complications.
We recommend your pet receive a post-operative examination with your regular veterinarian 10 to 14 days after surgery. This is important to have the incision checked for complete healing, remove any skin sutures, and to discuss additional needs, follow-up care and vaccination boosters.
Your pet received a green tattoo next to their incision. This tattoo is a scoring process in the skin – it is not an extra incision.
Kindest Cut will treat at our clinic or one of our two partner clinics, at minimal cost, any post-op complications resulting directly from the surgery, if the above post-op instructions are followed in full. If your pet receives treatment at another clinic, we cannot and will not be responsible for the resulting charges.
Your regular veterinarian must address illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of surgery. Please call for an appointment as soon as you see cause for concern. Click here for veterinarians and clinics offering affordable services to Kindest Cut patients.
We cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow post-op instructions, or for contagious diseases for which the animal was not previously properly vaccinated.
Our veterinarians recommend that you establish a wellness program for your pet with a regular, full-service veterinarian.
If there are any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call us at (763) 489-7729.