We will give your pet a small snack in the afternoon after surgery, and their appetite should return gradually within 24 hours. For the first 24 hours after surgery, your pet should only eat half of their normal daily caloric intake to avoid an upset stomach. Do not change your pet’s diet or brand of food at this time, and don’t give them junk food, table scraps, milk, or any people food for 7 days. Changes in their diet could hide post-surgery complications. Although patients’ reactions can vary, some symptoms that are not normal include: lethargy (lasting for more than 24 hours after surgery), diarrhea, and vomiting. If you see any of these, contact us immediately. We can then assess if your pet needs to be examined by a medical professional.