Taking care of your convalescent pet

Your pet has undergone surgery and his/her condition is stable enough to bring him/her home. Follow our veterinarian’s advice for a better management of the post-operative period. It's your turn to play nurse!

Home care

Preparing properly for his/her return 

Anesthesia and the stress of hospitalization have worn out your companion. Set up a comfortable bed, in a quiet and warm corner (around 77°F) where you can monitor your pet over the first few days.

Treating a wound properly 

  • Above all, make sure that your pet does not touch his/her stitches! If necessary, put a protective Elizabethan collar around his/her neck to prevent licking.
  • Keep dressings clean and dry
  • Contact your veterinarian if the wound weeps, bleeds or if the condition of your pet does not appear to be improving.

The stitches are normally removed within 12 days following the procedure.
Some healing products can help with skin regeneration, talk to your veterinarian about this so that he/she can recommend an appropriate care.


Your cat may have trouble cleaning him/herself and this may cause discomfort. Since post-operative baths are not recommended, rinse-free cleansers can help pets undergoing convalescence maintain a good hygiene.

Exercise and nutrition 

A special diet?

Your pet may lack appetite during the first 48 hours, so make sure he/she starts eating again properly and have access to fresh water to maintain hydration. 

Can your dog/cat exercise after an operation?

Rest is of the utmost importance for a good recovery. Depending on the type of procedure, exercise should be resumed gradually, following the veterinarian’s instructions. After minor surgery (neutering, etc.), cats and dogs are kept inside for 48 hours, followed by short walks on a lead over the next week. After bone surgery (hips, knee, etc.), it may be necessary to restrict the space your pet has access to, with the help of a cage or a recovery pen, for a few weeks. Your pet will need to be walked on a lead for 6 weeks and will be prohibited from jumping and running for 6 to 8 weeks

Dr Vanessa Marmolejo, veterinarian



Cicafolia® gel-serum protects and creates an environment conducive to skin regeneration, thanks to its dressing-like effect. Its natural active ingredients facilitate healing. Its plus point: a bitter taste that discourages licking thanks to plant extracts and essential oil.


The rinse-free care Essential Mousse® helps cleanse the convalescent pet. Deodorizing and soothing, it strengthens the hydrolipidic film and keeps the skin moisturized for added comfort. 

Your pet's need


To help with healing


To clean the convalescent pet without water