Tips for Caring for Your Pet After Their Spay or Neuter


Having your pet spayed or neutered is a common practice for many responsible pet owners. This is important because, according to the AVMA, every year, millions of unwanted dogs and cats, including puppies and kittens, are euthanized. By having your dog or cat sterilized, you are doing your part to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens. You may also be helping to protect against some serious health problems and/or reduce many behavioral problems associated with the mating instinct.

Since surgery is required in order for your pet to be spayed or neutered, it can be a traumatic and scary experience for them. It is very important that you are prepared to take great care of your pet so they can have a swift healing process and get back to their ordinary selves in no time. Here are some great tips to follow so you can give the best care possible to your pet after surgery.

Limit their activity

Many pets, especially puppies and kittens, are rambunctious and playful, which can be dangerous after surgery if not limited. During the recovery period which typically lasts between seven and ten days, it’s important that you pay close attention to your pet and limit their activity like running, jumping, and playing. One great way to help limit this activity is to limit the space they’re in and opt for smaller rooms, play pens, and adequately sized crates. It’s also a good idea to carry small pets up and down stairs and onto beds and limiting the length and distance of walks.

Keep the area of incision dry and away from harm’s way

Like all surgeries it’s important to keep the incision clean and dry and your pet will likely have the urge to try and investigate. Collars and cones that make it difficult for your pet to get to the incision help reduce the risk of infections and a possible opening of the incision. It’s also important not to bathe your pet during the recovery period and to check the incision for any signs of swelling and/or infection. If you have any questions regarding the incision during the recovery period, it’s important that you consult your veterinarian.

Monitor how much pain your pet is in

Surgery can be incredibly painful, especially when the medicine wears off, and you’ll want to keep a close eye on your pet to help ensure they are as comfortable as possible. Your veterinarian will provide specific instructions and medication post-surgery and if you have any questions or concerns about the pain your pet is in, you’ll want to contact your veterinarian directly.

Ensure your pet is getting re-hydrated

Drinking water after surgery is very important to ensure you are taking the proper measures to re-hydrate your pet. If your pet is refusing to drink any water, you may want to ask your veterinarian if there are any recommended foods that have enough water content to keep your pet healthy.

When in doubt, call your veterinarian

Even with the best care, complications can happen, and your veterinarian can help. If you have any concerns or questions about the period of time leading up to surgery or what to do after surgery, consult your veterinarian. If you need to schedule an appointment for your new pet, click here to get started.

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