Dr. Courtney H. Bridgeman
Frequently Asked Questions (post surgery):
My pet doesn’t want to eat, what should I do?If it’s been less than 24-48hrs and your pet is an adult, this is probably normal. If a young animal, try something tasty and that smells good. If more than 48hrs or your pet is also vomiting more than once or twice, call a veterinarian.
It’s been 3 days and my male dog’s incision looks open, is this a problem?In most cases, the answer to this is no. As long as the incision still looks nice, healthy, and pink and the discharge, if any, is clear or slightly pink, the healing process is still on-going. If the incision is red, or the discharge is yellow or white, please call a veterinarian.
It’s been over a week since her surgery and my female pet is acting normally. She does have a little “ball” or swelling under her incision. The incision itself looks ok. Is this normal?
In short, yes. Many animals have a reaction to the suture used to close the incision. With a little excess activity this reaction turns into a firm “ball” just beneath the surface of the skin. As long as your pet continues to act normally, there is no redness or heat, and the ball cannot be made to disappear with gentle pressure, it is completely normal and will progressively get smaller. The process may take up to 1 month post surgery to completely go away.Kisses