If you've got spaying or neutering on the agenda for your furry friend, congratulations on being a responsible pet owner by not contributing to the plethora of unwanted animals on the planet. Most spay and neuter operations go off without a hitch, and your canine companion or feline familiar will be back to normal in no time -- and you can help this happen by making certain that your pet receives the best possible aftercare. Here's what to do:
Keep the Stitches Clean and Dry
Wait at least 7 to 10 days to bathe your pet after it's been neutered, and don't schedule grooming appointments during this time. It's important that the stitches remain as clean and dry as possible, so don't take your pet swimming, either. Ask your veterinarian for suggestions and assistance if your pet tries to lick the stitches -- you may have to use a special type of collar to keep your pet from damages the stitches. You should also wash and thoroughly dry your pet's bedding prior to bringing it home after the surgery, and if it's normally an outdoor animal, try to keep it inside as much as possible during the recovery period.
Go Easy on the Food and Water
Because anesthesia used in the spaying and neutering process causes nausea in most animals, your pet will probably not feel like eating right away when you bring it home from the vet clinic. Introduce small amounts of water and food slowly, and allow the animal to eat and drink at its own pace. Wait until the day after the surgery takes place to provide your pet with its normal amount of water and food, and avoid trying to tempt a pet with no appetite with goodies from the people table. Most pets gradually regain their appetites in the 24-hour period following surgery.
Keep an Eye Out for Complications
Although spaying and neutering are routine procedures that most experienced veterinarians are highly familiar with, complications may arise with a small fraction of animals. Watch for the following signs and contact your veterinarian Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
- Lethargy that persists after 24-hours
- Bleeding or other discharge from the area of the incision
- Swelling in the area of the incision
- Fever -- this may indicate that the animal has developed an infection
- Obviously painful urination
For more information on taking care of your pet during recovery time for spaying or neutering, contact Caring Hands Animal Hospital or a similar location.