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Make sure you understand how to care for your wound, including dressing changes before you leave the hospital. Most dressings should be changed daily. Remove old dressing, wash with Safeguard soap and water, dry, then apply clean dressings. Always clean your hands before and after caring for your wound.

Before you go home, make sure you know who to contact if you have questions or problems after you get home.

DO NOT let your pet near your incision. DO NOT allow your pet to sleep with you until your doctor determines it is safe to do so.

If you have any symptoms of an infection, call your doctor immediately.


When you are asked to take a medication, ask what it is, why you’re taking it, and the possible side effects.

If you have any questions or concerns, speak up!

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