Spaying and neutering involve general anesthesia and, just like with humans, some animals recover from the surgery more quickly than others. Here are some general post-op instructions to help your pet recover and heal up after surgery:
- After it’s been spayed or neutered, your pet will receive a de-wormer, a Capstar tablet for flea control, and a pain injection. The Capstar and pain injection will last for the next 24 hours. During this time your pet’s appetite may decrease, or you may see some vomiting or diarrhea. This is normal for patients after having surgery and should subside by the next day.
- Don’t worry if your pet isn’t very hungry at first; it may take a day or so for its appetite to come back fully. Give small amounts of water at first, then offer small amounts of food. Don’t give your pet table scraps or other “people food” during this recovery period.
- Don’t give your pet such human medications as aspirin, Tylenol or Advil. These could be dangerous for your pet.
- Have your pet take it easy for the next 7-10 days. This includes no running or jumping!
- Keep your pet indoors as much as possible during this time. Dogs should be walked on a leash when they need to go outside.
- Check your pet’s incision daily to make sure it’s healing up well. Some redness, swelling, slight bruising, or a small knot-like swelling at the site are all normal and should subside without any problem. Clear seepage at the site for the first 24 hours is also normal; bleeding or pus-like discharge is not.
- Make sure your pet doesn’t chew or lick at the incision. This could lead to complications in healing. You can purchase an “E-collar” from us for $10, or at a pet supply store, such as PetSmart.
- We recommend that you take your pet to your regular veterinarian for a post-operative check-up 7 to 10 days after surgery.
If there are any difficulties or concerns that are directly related to the surgery during the recovery time, please refer to the numbers listed on your discharge sheet.