Your pet has just been put under general anesthesia, and although it is a common procedure, they need proper care to recover, including a clean, warm and dry place indoors.
Food and Water
- Your pet can be fed a small meal following recovery from anesthesia after transport back to their home.
- Your pet may not have much appetite tonight, so don’t worry if your pet doesn’t eat the night after being under general anesthesia.
- You can provide a small amount of water or a few ice cubes. If vomiting occurs, withhold the water until the day after surgery. If it persists, please call the hospital.
- On the day after anesthesia, resume your pet’s regular feeding schedule.
- After 24 hours, your pet should be eating, urinating and defecating.
- Do not change your pet’s diet at this time, and do not give your pet junk food, table scraps, milk or other people’s food during recovery, as this could mask post-surgical complications.
- Your pet may be drowsy for 24 hours from the anesthesia. Some animals may shiver, have an upset stomach, and vomiting.
- Lethargy lasting more than 24 hours post-op and continued diarrhea and/or vomiting is not normal, and you should call the hospital immediately.
- It is essential to keep your pet warm and indoors the first night following surgery.
- The first night home, keep your pet in a small confined area where they can easily be monitored.
- Keep your pet away from other animals to minimize strenuous activity.
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