General Anesthesia and Recovery Instructions

Your pet has just been put under general anaesthesia and although it is a common procedure and he/she needs proper care to recover, including a clean, warm and dry place to indoors

Food and Water

  • Your pet can be fed a small meal following recovery from anaesthesia after transport back to his/her home.
  • Your pet may not have much of an appetite tonight, so don’t worry if your pet doesn’t eat the night after being under general anaesthesia.
  • 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 anaesthesia, resume your pet’s normal 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 any other people food during the recovery period as this could mask post-surgical complications.


  • Your pet may be drowsy for 24 hours from the anaesthesia. Some animals may shiver; have an upset stomach and vomit.
  • Lethargy lasting for more than 24 hours post-op, and continued diarrhea and/or vomiting are not normal and you should call the hospital immediately.
  • It is very important to keep your pet warm and in doors the first night following surgery.

Recuperation Environment

  • The first night home, keep your pet in a small confined area where he/she can easily be monitored.
  • Keep your pet away from other animals to minimize strenuous activity.