Animals are generally discharged 2-5 days after the procedure. This depends on the level of surgery, ability to eat and comfort. They should be returned for a check-up 10-14 days after surgery. The owner will receive a prescription for pain killers which can be administered at home.
There are a few restrictions which should be followed after surgery, these include:
- make use of a restrictive collar up to 14 days after surgery to prevent your pet from getting to the surgical site;
- limited activity for 14 days after surgery;
- soft foods for 2-3 weeks after operation, in some cases a feeding tube may be necessary;
- restriction of chew toys, ball playing and raw hide for 2-4 weeks after operation.
There are a few complications to look out for after surgery. These include, incision breakdown, increased salivation, nose bleeding, swelling beneath the tongue, difficulty with eating, tumour recurrence and mandibular drift (lower jaws do not line up properly)
The prognosis for your pet is dependent on type, location, size, surgery success and metastatic disease presence. Sometimes further therapy should be used to prevent metastasis and recurrence.