Care instructions after pet surgery will vary depending on, among other factors, the type of surgery in question as well as your pet's condition and age. That your pet requires plenty of rest is common knowledge, but as a pet owner, you may have some questions regarding exercise, post-op.
Here is a brief look at top recommendations from the experts on matters exercise and restricted activity after pet surgery.
1. Pet Confinement in Cage or Crate
Right after surgery, you will want to keep your pet confined in a crate or cage. Your vet may also suggest strict pen or cage rest that you must follow. During this time, allow your pet outside only for toileting. Then, it's straight back to the crate.
Confinement is the best way to limit all movement, which, in turn, helps with speeding up tissue bonding and healing. Make the crate as comfortable as possible by ensuring that it is big enough for your pet to stand up fully and even do a full turn around. Throw in some blankets and any toys and amusements your pet likes.
2. Supervised Play and Activity
Expand the confinement space and set up a room for your pet. To restrict activity, you may want to make sure that there is no furniture from and onto which your pet may jump. You can supervise how your pet plays.
On the other hand, you can also allow your pet into other areas of the house with everyone else. You just need to keep an even close eye. Make sure your pet doesn't run around the room, up and down the stairs, or jump off furniture.
When you are not around to supervise or are actively engaged in another activity, it is better to play safe and keep your pet in a crate.
3. Strictly Follow Recommended Exercise Regime
The vet may recommend a light to moderately intensive exercise regime to help with the recovery process after vet surgery, and especially where rehabilitation is a concern. In this case, you do not want to overdo it or underdo it. If the vet recommends walks on a leash for a certain distance limit, then do your best to ensure that your pet gets precisely that. If ever you are in doubt, then do not hesitate to ask the vet.
Before heading home after pet surgery, be sure to speak to your vet about what to do in terms of restricting activity and exercise. Getting it right will impact your pet's healing and recovery.