How soon can my Pet go home after Surgery?

The answer to that is “it depends.” How soon your pet can go home after surgery depends on many different things which includes but is not limited to the following:

  1. Your pet’s overall health and whether there are any pre-existing conditions that may increase anaesthetic risk
  2. The type of procedure being performed. Some are short and less invasive than others
  3. Your pet’s recovery after the procedure. Recovery times can vary between different animals even if the procedure performed is the same
  4. Whether your vet hospital has facilities for taking care of patients overnight. If not then animals that need extra monitoring are sent home (even if they shouldn’t be) or referred to an emergency centre for ongoing care.

Every pet is different. That is why we monitor every patient closely before giving the final approval for discharge from hospital.

Day Procedures

Day procedures are procedures where we expect pets to go home the same day as the surgery. Examples of these include:

  • Desexings – (Speys and Castration)
  • Dental Procedures
  • Lump removals
  • Wound and laceration stitch ups
  • Caesarean (All things being well) and
  • Other routine procedures

Procedures where pets should NOT be going home the same day

Sometimes pets are sent home the same day after surgery when in fact they should not. This is often because there is no one at the clinic to take care of them overnight.

You (the owner) are given the responsibility of monitoring them closely for the next day or so and advised to go to an emergency centre if you are concerned.

This is a very common approach to surgery aftercare. 

🐶BOAS (Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Surgery) dogs need close supervision and monitoring for at least 24 hours after surgery. 

These dogs should NOT be going home the same day as the surgery as they are at great risk of developing complications during the recovery period.

There is a high risk of dangerous airway and soft tissue swelling after this procedure so please be aware of this.

This is why we keep our BOAS patients in hospital and under strict supervision for at least a full day after the procedure.

🐶Orthopaedic surgery including Cruciate Surgery 

Again, these patients need close supervision to include strict pain control after a major procedure like this.Orthopaedic surgery care

This is NOT the same medications we can send home with you to give.

Our orthopaedic and cruciate surgery patients stay in hospital for at least 2-3 days following the procedure for both pain management and  the necessary post surgery physical therapy. 

This is vital to their recovery and to get them back on their feet as quickly as possible.

Be prepared for any Home care before you take your pet home after surgery

In many cases YOU will be charge of your pet’s recovery after surgery. Make sure you know exactly what signs of pain you need to keep an eye out for. Give all medications as directed by your vet. For orthopaedic patients you may need to organise some type of containment such as a crate.

But if you have the opportunity to have your pet recover in a veterinary hospital, that is always the best option. Particularly after major surgery as described above.

That way if there are any complications they can be acted on quickly.

If this is not the case – make sure you know where your nearest Emergency Centre is so you can take your pet there if you are concerned.


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