Post-Op Care Instructions

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Resources for Post-Op Care & Recovery: Dog Laying On Bed

After receiving 24-hour nursing care at Southeast Veterinary Neurology following their spinal surgery, your pet will be discharged to go home with you. The instructions below reinforce the information we provide for our clients when they arrive to pick up their pets.

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Resources for Post-Op Care & Recovery: Puppy in Crate

Crate Rest

Crate resting your pet is the best way to help them recover from neurosurgery or a neurological condition. The goal with crate rest is not to immobilize your pet, but to restrict their movement for a limited period of time—that means no running, jumping, playing, or rough-housing.

To properly confine your pet, they will need to be kept in a crate or small enclosed area. They should only be taken out about 3-4 times a day to urinate or defecate, and should always be kept on a leash during these outings.

IVDD Surgery Aftercare

Learn To Express A Dog's Bladder


Your pet receives strong pain medications through an IV catheter during and after their surgery and will very likely go home with oral post-op medications as well. It is essential that you only give your pet the medications your veterinary neurologist prescribed for them. These medications can be used and given together safely.

If your pet is taking prednisone, you may notice them drinking, urinating, and panting more than normal. These symptoms are temporary. Furthermore, you can give your pet their heartworm, flea and tick medication if it is due.

Physical Rehabilitation

Southeast Veterinary Neurology offers both in-patient and out-patient physical rehabilitation options, depending on your pet’s individual needs.