IMPORTANT – Please keep these instructions handy for 2-3 weeks after surgery

If you have any questions after surgery, including incision questions, call:

Tuesday – Saturday 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM – 615-512-5001

After-hours and Sunday/Monday – 615-802-8387

  1. NO running, jumping, playing, swimming, or other strenuous activity for seven to ten days. Keep your pet quiet. Pets must be kept indoors where they can stay clean, dry, and warm. No baths during the recovery period. Dogs must be walked on a leash and kept indoors.
  2. Check the incision site twice daily. There should be no drainage. Redness and swelling should be minimal. Do not allow your pet to lick or chew at the incision. If this occurs, an Elizabethan collar MUST be applied to prevent additional licking and chewing that could cause infection.
  3. Male dogs undergo a scrotal castration;  he may have small amounts of drainage/discharge for up to three days. In addition, there may be slight gapping of the surgical incision site; this is done to allow for drainage of small amounts of fluid. If large amounts of drainage or a large gap in the incision are noted, please call our office or the after-hours line.
  4. Appetite should return gradually within 24 hours of surgery. Lethargy lasting for more than 24 hours after surgery, diarrhea, or vomiting are not normal, and your pet should be taken to your regular veterinarian. Dogs may have a slight cough for a few days after surgery.
  5. Do not change your pet’s diet at this time, and do not give junk food, table scraps, milk, or any other people food during the recovery period. This could mask post- surgical complications.
  6. We recommend your pet receive a post-operative examination with a full service veterinarian seven to ten days after surgery, to have the incision checked for complete healing, and to discuss additional needs, follow-up care. If your pet received a vaccine at our clinic other than rabies, please discuss a “booster” vaccine with your regular veterinarian. Canine distemper/parvo vaccine, feline leukemia vaccine, and feline distemper vaccine all need to be “boostered” 3 to 4 weeks after administration of the first vaccine for maximum effectiveness.
  7. If there are any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery, including concerns about the incision, please call Pet Community Center at 615-512-5001 during regular business hours or our Overnight Phone at 615-802-8387 if we are closed. If there is an emergency after hours (between 4:30 PM and 7:30 AM or on Sunday/Monday), please call Pet Community Center’s Overnight Phone at 615-802-8387, contact your regular veterinarian or contact an emergency hospital.
  8. Your pet received a green tattoo next to their incision. This tattoo is a scoring process in the skin; IT IS NOT AN EXTRA INCISION.
  9. Pet Community Center will treat at our clinic, at minimal cost, any post-operative complications resulting directly from the surgery, if the above post-operative instructions are followed in full. Your regular veterinarian must address illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of surgery. Please call for an appointment as soon as you see cause for concern. We cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow post-operative instructions, or for contagious diseases for which the animal was not previously properly vaccinated.