Laurelwood Veterinary Clinic

Bad signs

-Sutures/staples are loose, falling out or have completely come out before the 10-14 day post surgery removal appointment

-Incision looks infected (dirty, crusty, swollen, oozing, or strong odor coming from incision)

-Incision is continuously bleeding

-Possible reaction to any and all post surgery medications; allergic reaction symptoms are facial swelling, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash 

-Animal is not eating or drinking

-Animal's energy level is not back to normal after 3 days post surgery

-Any abnormal behavior

Post- Surgery Instructions:

-keep the E-collar on until your follow up appointment which will be 10-14 days post surgery- your pet will be able to eat, drink, and sleep with it on

-when it is time for your pet to go to the bathroom, keep it on a leash

-don't allow your pet to do any strenuous activity including walks, playing fetch, running, or jumping (even if it is only onto the couch/bed)

-do not allow the incision to get wet, keep your pet in a dry environment and no baths!


Pre- Surgery Check list:

-fast your pet from at least 8pm the night before, water is always okay

-make sure your animal has gone to the bathroom

-arrive between 8:00 am and 8:30 am

If your animal is exhibiting any of the "bad signs" please call us right away. If it is after hours or the weekend and it is an emergency please contact North Peninsula Veterinary Emergency Clinic at (650)-348-2575 or Sage Veterinary Centers at (650)-417-7243

We offer a wide variety of surgeries for your pet such as suturing up wounds, lump or tumor removals, or spays/neuters. All surgeries we perform have an 8:00-8:30 am drop off time and a 4:00-5:00 pm pick up time, if there are circumstances where the pet needs overnight care we will transfer them to the emergency clinic of your choice. 

Below is a general guideline, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us at (650)-341-7741

Call Us:  (650)-341-7741

My pet just had surgery...

It is expected for your animal to act lethargic the day of surgery, your animal should be back to normal or near normal the day after.

Good signs

-All sutures or staples are intact

-Incision is light pink or the same color as the skin surrounding

-Animal is eating and drinking 

-Animal's energy level is normal

-A little bit of blood coming from the wound every now and then

is okay, if you are unsure give us a call