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Post-op care - Fractures

An information sheet for the pet owner.

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Generally, you will have been prescribed three kinds of medication:

• Antibiotics. To prevent or treat infection.
• Anti-inflammatories (reduce swelling, treat pain). These should always be given with food.
• Analgesics (pain-killers). Examples are: Pardale, Tramadol or Vetergesic.
*Please take note of the specific instructions and potential side effects on the medication’s label.

Exercise restriction

Following orthopaedic surgery, it is vital you follow exercise restriction instructions.

All procedures require strict rest, following the surgery, for anything up to eight weeks. Failure to adequately restrict exercise can have devastating consequences on bone healing.

• Cats: This means a cage! The cage should be large enough to have room for a bed, litter tray and food and water bowls. If possible, it should be large enough to allow a little bit of space between the food bowls and tray -otherwise the cat may be reluctant to use its tray. • Small dogs: Again this means a cage, especially when the dog is not supervised. A pen is not a good idea, as some dogs will try to jump out of it if there is no roof to dissuade them. For toileting, carry your dog out into the garden and keep him/ her on a lead at all times.

• Medium to large dogs: These should be restricted to one room only, and they should not have the opportunity to jump on and off furniture. Again, toileting should be on the lead only. Stairs should be avoided unless they are essential (to get to the garden, for example, where a towel sling under the abdomen as support is recommended).