Your pet will receive first class care before, during and after their surgery.

You will have a discharge appointment with one of the nurses when picking up your pet after a surgical procedure. During this appointment the nurse will give you specific instructions regarding the after-care of your pet.

If you have any questions regarding the advice you have been given, please do not hesitate to contact the surgery. The following gives general advice on post-operative care.

Dogs and cats

There are some things you should know about caring for your pet once they are home from surgery. Your pet may be quite tired and sleepy after a general anaesthetic, but should be quite lively by the morning. Please phone the surgery for advice if you are concerned.


After you have settled your pet back at home, feed them about half of what would be their normal daily food. Make sure they have plenty of water available. Do not be too concerned if they are not hungry. If they do not eat in the morning, phone for advice.


If your pet has stitches, it is important that they do not lick or pull at them. They may need to wear a buster/Elizabethan collar to prevent them from doing this. They are often not happy with wearing one of these collars, but it is important that they do. In general, stitches are removed after 10 days.

You can book this appointment when you collect your pet. Keep a close watch on your pet’s wound. If you are concerned about any swelling or discharge, please phone for advice.

Cats with stitches should be kept in for at least 48 hours after returning home. Dogs with stitches should only have exercise on a lead until the stitches are removed.


After some procedures it may be necessary to restrict exercise. The vet will tell you if this is the case. Please ask for advice if you are not certain.


It is important that your pet finishes their course of medication. If you are having difficulties administering it, please contact the surgery.


If your pet has a bandage, please make sure you keep it dry. Most bandages will need changing within 2-3 days. The vet will inform you when to come in for a bandage change.

Rabbits and small furries

Your pet should be quite lively, despite having had an anaesthetic; call us for advice if you are concerned about their demeanour.


Small mammals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rats and mice, need to eat at a fairly constant rate throughout the day. We offer them food and water right up to the time of the anaesthetic and straight after recovery. It is very important that they eat well in the hours and days following an anaesthetic. Feed them their usual diet and observe their intake carefully. If you think they may not be eating, please call us for advice.


It is important that your pet does not lick or bite at wounds and stitches. This may cause them to break open and need further attention. If you are concerned about this, or if there is a swelling or discharge from a wound, please call for advice.


Your pet should be producing normal amounts and consistency of faeces. This is a very important sign that your pet’s digestive system is working well. If there is a reduction or absence of faeces in your pet’s cage, please call for advice.


After some operations it may be necessary to keep your pet separate from others for a period of time. Please ask for advice when you collect your pet.


It is important that your pet finishes its course of medication. If you are having problems administering it, please let the surgery know.

For more information or to speak to a member of our friendly team about your pet’s surgery, simply call Twickenham Veterinary Surgery on 020 8898 0528.