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Surviving the Post-Op

Surviving the Post-Op

Surviving the Post-Op after your pets surgery

After most surgeries, pets will need to be confined for a period of time to ensure accelerated healing and complete recovery. Thus knowing how to prepare yourself for surviving the Post-Op is important.

We know that it can be hard emotionally and strategically, to confine your pet, but it is the only way he can get better. Confinement is ‘house-arrest’ or restriction to a limited area in an effort to prevent prolonged physical exertion.

Here are some tips to keep your pet happier and more entertained during confinement – which will hopefully make it a bit easier for you:

  • Give him an interactive toy, filled with pumpkin or low fat peanut butter, or only give him his favorite toy while he is in  the pet pen or crate. The right toy(s) can entertain your pet for hours!
  • Make ice cube popsicles (without the stick) with low sodium chicken broth in an ice cube tray. Pets love the taste and have to take the time to lick the broth while it melts!
  • Keep your other pets in another area (out of site out of mind).
  • Keep a radio or TV on for your pet to listen to so he does not feel so isolated

Your pet will feel better before his confinement is over. DO NOT let this fool you. Your pet needs to be examined and cleared from your veterinarian before you allow your pet to become active again. This is why rechecks are so important and crucial to surviving the Post-Op. If a pet is allowed to be active before totally healed, it can cause enough damage that the entire process has to be started over.

Keeping your pet confined:

  • Your pet must be kept inside in a clean, dry, area with just enough room where he can lay down, stand and turn comfortably. The ideal place to confine your pet is a small crate or pet pen. If that is not possible, we recommend a small space in your home, such as a bathroom or laundry room, where he has no risk of injury and nothing to possibly jump on/off from.
  • Absolutely no running, jumping, or playing allowed. This includes both inside the home, and outdoors.
  • Do not allow your pet to go up or down the stairs. If you have stairs, carry your pet up and down the stairs. If your pet is too big to carry, secure areas to prevent access.
  • When going outside for your pet to use the bathroom, place dogs on a short leash that does not allow for any running (a short training leash is perfect). It is best not to have your other pets outside during this time.

Cosmic Pets offer a range of Pet Pens that are ideal for confinement to accelerate healing.

Surviving the Post-Op

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Stefanie Bosman is passionate about improving the quality of life of pets, and the humans that love them – one fur kid at a time! She is the owner of Cosmic Pets™, offering a wide range of products that are pet approved and people friendly. For more information visit or contact
Stefanie Bosman
The bond that people have with their pets is very unique and each connection is different. No matter what that relationship may be, one thing is a given – pets are very important in the lives of those that have them. Developed out of the love and passion for the care of pets and their well-being, the Cosmic Pets™ range was born. This brand has captured the imagination of South African consumers since 2006 and prides itself on products that are pet approved and people friendly. With more than 10 years’ experience, the Cosmic Pets™ brand is known and respected within the industry and loved by its customers. Although Cosmic Pets™ do not sell directly to consumers, you can find the range of products in more than 300 respected retailers, pet shops , veterinary clinics and pet care professionals throughout South Africa. The range includes collapsible pet carriers, pet playpens, pet pods, Happy Pet Hygiene Solutions and a wide variety of cat trees – all items to keep your fur kid/s safe, comfortable and entertained. All products, excluding consumables are covered by an industry leading one year manufacturer’s warranty. In keeping with a premium product range you can be assured of exceptional customer service and outstanding after sales support from the Cosmic Pets™ team. Stefanie Bosman, the owner of Cosmic Pets™ is passionate about improving the quality of life for your fur kids and also actively supports worthy causes that promote pet health and wellness including pet shelters such as Kitty and Puppy Haven and the Cataholics Kitty Shelter.

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