After a procedure, your vet may recommend a variety of at-home treatment options to keep your pet relaxed and pain-free. These include prescription pain medications, antibiotics, and follow-up examinations to remove stitches or to ensure no additional treatment is needed.
In most cases, a pet will need to stay overnight for additional monitoring by the vet before he can go home. If there are exposed stitches your pet can reach, he may also require a cone worn around the neck to prevent him from scratching or licking the injury.
Once home, your vet can provide you with a plan of action. It may take a few days for your pet to start acting normal. In the meantime, offer small amounts of food and water and keep him a quiet and comfortable place, like his crate, where he feels secure.