HOMECARE NOTES: AFTER ABSCESS SURGERY (WITH DRAIN)


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  Keep your cat in a warm sheltered spot for the first 24 hours with a litter tray, food and water within easy reach.

  Offer only a small amount of food when your cat first comes home- cats may not feel like eating much while not fully recovered from the anaesthetic. It is best to offer something they are used to that is not too rich.

  Although cats are usually bright on the same evening, it may take a day or two before full recovery from general anaesthetic; if it seems to take any longer than this, please give the surgery a phone call.

  Drain removal should take place 3-5 days after surgery. Please call us to make an appointment.

  Removal of stitches should take place 10 days after surgery. Please call us to make an appointment. Your cat should not be allowed outside until these stitches are removed.

  If the wound seems swollen, red or infected or if your cat seems unwell, please contact us.

  It is important that the points where the drain enters the skin are kept clean by gently moving the drain once a day to prevent scab formation. This is because the drain works by allowing debris to flow out of the wound by passing down the outside of the drain.

  Don't bathe your cat while the drain and/or stitches are in.

  If your cat starts to bite at the drain or stitches, your cat may need to wear a special collar to prevent pulling the stitches out too early. Please call us. Please note that licking the stitches is normal and usually doesn't cause problems.

  Please give all medications as directed.

  If you have any other questions please feel free to phone us for advice!

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