What to Expect After Orthopedic Surgery for Your Pet
Caring for a pet that has to have surgery or that has just had surgery can be difficult. What might seem like a simple fix can lead to weeks of recovery and knowing what to expect can help you care for your pet properly. For those in the New York area or looking for a veterinarian in Manhattan, Animal General is a great option.
What to Expect After Orthopedic Pet Surgery?
Pets that need orthopedic surgery are often those that are suffering from age related illness like arthritis or hip dysplasia or they have been injured. Odds are a perfectly healthy two or three-year-old pet is not going to need orthopedic surgery. Keeping this in mind, this is a very serious surgery that does require your pet be put entirely under anesthesia, that they are kept in the pet hospital for a day or two, and that they have a long recovery period.
One of the first things you can expect when your pet has surgery is that they are going to be tired, they may not be their spry and happy selves and that is entirely ok and normal, especially for the first day or so after surgery. You are going to have to make sure your pet takes it slow during recovery, even if they want to rip and run and have a good time because they are no longer feeling the intense pain they had before surgery.
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The key to good recovery is rest. Your veterinarian will also likely give you a set of care instructions for suture sites, a set of instructions for how to get your pet to and from the bathroom and to eat, and, they can help you to determine what physical therapy might be best for your pet. The best thing to keep in mind is that your pet is not going to be 100% a week after surgery or even a month after surgery. Much like with humans, full recovery takes time and patience can go a long way toward helping your pet. You can call Animal General at 212-501-9600 to schedule an appointment today!