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After Care Instructions for General Anesthesia

Randy Walker DVM

Today we performed an anesthetized procedure. Although we noted no complications from the anesthesia, we ask that you follow these instructions:

1. When you get home please give your pet a tiny amount of food (just a taste) and a small amount of water (a couple of swallows). Then wait about 30 minutes while observing the pet for nauseousness (upset stomach or vomiting). The majority of patients do not experience nauseousness after anesthesia but some do, especially if they consume a large amount of food and water immediately afterward.

2. Then, after waiting about an hour, give the patient light (small) amounts of food during the remainder of the day along with water free choice. If the patient shows little or no interest in food today this is usually no cause for concern.

3. Beginning tomorrow, go back to the pet’s regular feeding schedule. If inappitence or nauseousness persists, please contact us at (480) 895-7633.

4. If any questions or problems should arise after hours, please call our emergency clinic, First Regional Animal Hospital, (480) 732-0018.

5. Some patients (I estimate about one or two out of every 20) will experience some intermittent coughing after the surgery. This is due to minor irritation of the trachea from our endotracheal tube we used with our gas anesthesia and is usually no cause for alarm.

If coughing persists, please give the patient ½ the recommended children’s dose of Robitussin cough suppressant once during the evening, unless you have been instructed otherwise.

If coughing persists into the next day please contact us at (480) 895-7633. If coughing becomes exaggerated or severe please call our emergency clinic, First Regional Animal Hospital, at (480) 732-0018.

6. When you first get home, you may notice a small amount of “goopy” discharge from the eyes. This is from the bland ophthalmic ointment we use during anesthesia and is normal. You may use a clean cloth or paper towel to wipe away any excess ointment that may be on the face but please avoid wiping the eyes directly with the cloth.

Again, if there are any questions, please call us at (480) 895-7633.


- Randy Walker DVM
Sun Lakes Animal Clinic
May 14,2004



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