Emergency/24 hours
01752 700600

A friendly, family practice providing the highest standards of professional veterinary care

Appointments

To make an appointment, or if you have any queries, please telephone

Plymouth:

01752 700600

Ivybridge:

01752 690999

Consultations are always by appointment to minimise waiting times (except at The Cabin, our Surgery in Yealmpton, which opens Tuesday and Thursday mornings 10.30-11am).

Your pet has had a surgical procedure performed under general anaesthetic. Please read and follow the advice below to ensure he/she makes a swift recovery. If you are concerned about any aspect of your pet's health following its operation then please contact the surgery. Our out-of-hours emergency number is 01752 700600.

Your pet will be discharged by one of our Veterinary Nurses who will go through the procedure and aftercare with you.

Management of your Pet

1. A clipped area may be present on one of your pet’s forelegs. This is where the anaesthetic was injected through an IV catheter. A little bruising in this area is not unusual and will recede with time. The hair will usually grow back in 4-6 weeks.

2. Your pet may appear drowsy. This is because of the anaesthetic and should wear off during the next 24-hours. They will also have had painkillers to keep them comfortable post-operatively. Your pet may also have been discharged with some pain medication to continue. Please read the label and instructions carefully and dose as recommended.

3. Your pet should be offered a small amount of food and water post operatively. He will have already had a meal in hospital. Do not be surprised if he/she is not completely hungry but please contact us if he does not return to full appetite over the next 24 hours. You will have been offered a recovery diet for the first meal and soft food is recommended for the first 24-48 hours.

4. Please keep your dog quiet and confined to lead walks only for 24-48 hours. Likewise cats should be kept indoors for 24-48 hours post operatively. 

5. Your dog may have a slight cough for 2-3 days post surgery. This is normal and is due to the tube that is laced in the windpipe to deliver oxygen and anaesthetic during surgery. If present this cough will usually be mild and resolve after 2-3 days.

6. Your pet will have been given antibiotics in hospital and may also be sent home with a course to continue. Please follow the instructions carefully and always finish the course.

7. You will be invited back for a post op check with the nurse at 3 days post op to check the mouth and healing of any extraction sites. You will also be advised at this free post op check of future preventative care options available to prevent further dental work being required in the future. The next important check-up is at 3 weeks to have a final check of the mouth and to assess how the preventative care is going. The final assessment on the mouth is done at 3 months post operatively and is again a free consultation. Please take full advantage of these free check-ups as preventing dental disease prevents both pain for your pet and costly procedures for you in the future.

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