The outcome of a surgical procedure is often determined after a patient leaves the practice because most postoperative healing and recovery happen at home under the client’s care. Thorough yet simple instructions are therefore essential to ensure a successful recovery. Clients may not be familiar with veterinary terminology, so explain at-home care in plain, easy-to-understand terms that match the written discharge instructions. Written instructions are important because the client may be overwhelmed by the postoperative care his or her pet will need and may not remember everything he or she was told. 

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