Post Knee Surgery
Your pet has undergone general anesthesia which requires an endotracheal tube to be inserted in his/her throat. Some irritation can occur. Coughing and gagging may result. This should resolve itself in a day or so. If coughing persists beyond 1-3 days, please call our office.
It is very important to follow the doctor’s instructions, as closely as possible, following knee surgery.
- Crating, or crate-like confinement is ABSOLUTELY necessary until released by the doctor, usually 6-8 weeks. NO RUNNING OR JUMPING IS ALLOWED and only 2 to 3 SHORT leash walks per day, for elimination, are allowed. After 3 weeks, longer leash walks are usually allowed but this needs to be confirmed by the doctor at the recheck appointment.
- Give all medicine, as directed, for the length of time prescribed. If any side effects are noticed, discontinue use and contact our office immediately.
- Monitor incision daily for drainage. Do not allow licking.
Please make an appointment, with our receptionist, for a recheck in 17-18 days or as specified by Dr. Gruda. If you have ANY concerns before that time, please call our office.
There is not a charge for recheck exams. However, there will be a charge if a new bandage is applied, x-rays taken, or additional medicine is prescribed.
Please don’t hesitate to call our office with any questions or concerns.