Pet owners share hilarious snaps of their spaced-out cats and dogs after a trip to the vet

When we invite an animal into our home, they quickly become part of the family and we treat their health with the utmost importance.

Beloved pets may need to visit the vet for various reasons throughout their lives – from routine procedures such as spaying and neutering in early life, to other medical treatment further down the line.

Thanks to such hard working vets, we can for the most part know that our furry friends are in safe hands when we drop them off at the animal hospital.

But when they get home, it takes some time for them to return to their most alert selves.

Cat and dog owners from around the world have shared hilarious photos of their pets after picking them up from the vet – before the sedatives ran out.

Paws up!  Pet owners from all over the world have been sharing photos of their furry friends looking a little worse for wear after visiting the vet, like this cat looking distraught

Paws up! Pet owners from all over the world have been sharing photos of their furry friends looking a little worse for wear after visiting the vet, like this cat looking distraught

A collection of photos Cheezburger.com shows some very spaced out animals that seem to have no idea that they have just been operated on.

In fact, they don’t seem to be aware of anything at all.

Here, FEMAIL reveals some of the funniest pictures of beloved pets after their trip to the vet…

Which way is up?  This cat was sent home with a cone around his neck, but he managed to turn the protective measure inside out, and it looks like he's upside down

Which way is up? This cat was sent home with a cone around his neck, but he managed to turn the protective measure inside out, and it looks like he’s upside down

The lights are on, but no one's home: This poo may have his eyes open, but very few follow them

The lights are on, but no one’s home: This poo may have his eyes open, but very few follow them

This cat fought bravely to keep his eyes open after a visit to the vet - but it looks like he's losing the battle

This cat fought bravely to keep his eyes open after a visit to the vet – but it looks like he’s losing the battle

Time for another snooze!  This dog fell asleep in the back of the car on the way home - and it looks like he's having the best nap of his life

Time for another snooze! This dog fell asleep in the back of the car on the way home – and it looks like he’s having the best nap of his life

This puppy was wrapped in his favorite onesie when he came home from the vet - although he probably doesn't quite understand it

This puppy was wrapped in his favorite onesie when he came home from the vet – although he probably doesn’t quite understand it

This little tabby cat, who still had a few shaved spots on his arms, couldn't quite stay upright

This little tabby cat, who still had a few shaved spots on his arms, couldn’t quite stay upright

A beautiful terrier, bandaged after his operation, could not close his mouth

A beautiful terrier, bandaged after his operation, could not close his mouth

It's not the bath!  This cat didn't notice his paws were in the water bowl as he was staring intently at an empty spot on the wall

It’s not the bath! This cat didn’t notice his paws were in the water bowl as he was staring intently at an empty spot on the wall