Top 3 Reasons for Vocalizing after Surgery

Top 3 Reasons for Vocalizing after Surgery

After surgery we often hear pets crying and vocalizing in the clinic and possibly when they go home.  At Cypress View Veterinary Clinic we assess pain levels after each surgery and will often send home an anti inflammatory and pain management depending on the surgical case.  We are very progressive when it comes to pre operative and multi modal pain management in order to ensure they are not vocalizing due to pain, however sometimes they are still upset and these are the top 3 reasons we see in our clinic.

Why do they cry?

1)  They are confused – Waking up from surgery is scary when you don’t know what happened or why

2)  They are separated from their favourite people – even at home they may vocalize if you aren’t holding them or sitting still with them.  Often pets go home with activity restrictions and still want to follow you around just to feel more comfortable.

3)  Attention – Surprisingly we see this often where the pet realizes that they are getting more attention or special privileges (on furniture at home, or being carried or snuggled in the clinic) and they will fuss and whimper and stop immediately upon us giving them some extra attention.

When should I be concerned about vocalizing?

We always want to make sure your pet is comfortable after a procedure and occasionally we may need to adjust medications. If your pet seems to be in pain we encourage you to call us, because no one knows them better than you!


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