5 Tips to Safely Care for Your Dog After a Spay or Neuter
Dog owners want what’s best for their pets and provide preventative care to ensure their pets stay active and healthy. Spaying and neutering are part of that process. But your local vet is often asked, “How do I care for my dog after he’s been spayed or neutered?”
This article offers five important steps to help your dog recover properly after surgery.
Tip 1: Keep them in a calm environment
Your dog will need to rest and avoid any vigorous activity or play for several days after surgery. Limit their movement and keep them calm to prevent any complications. This is an excellent time to get in some extra cozies and kisses.
Tip 2: Check the incision often
Check the incision site daily to ensure it’s healing correctly. Look for any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice any problems, get in touch with your veterinarian straight away. The sooner you take care of the issue, the better, so don’t wait to see if it will heal on its own.
Tip 3: Prevent licking and biting
Your dog may be tempted to lick or bite at the incision site, which can slow down the healing process and even cause an infection. To prevent this, use an Elizabethan collar (also known as a cone collar) or a surgical suit to keep them from reaching the incision.
Pro tip: Take lots of pictures of this so you can embarrass him with them later.
Tip 4: Follow your veterinarian’s instructions
Your veterinarian will give you specific instructions on how to care for your dog after surgery. This may include giving them medication, changing their diet, or limiting their activity level.
It’s essential to follow these instructions carefully, as the recovery process can differ for different dogs. Your vet will design a unique healing and recovery strategy based around your pet’s needs.
Tip 5: Provide a comfortable and safe space
Your dog will need a comfortable and quiet place to rest and recover after surgery. Make sure they have a clean, soft bed, fresh water, and access to food. Keep them indoors and away from other pets or animals until they have fully recovered.
Remember, your dog is a dog and will likely want to play before the time is right. We know it’s hard to say no to your buddy, but it’s for their own good, so take the lead and help them heal safely and quickly.
By following these tips and providing your dog with plenty of love and attention, you can help provide a successful recovery from a spay or neuter surgery.
Edgewater Animal Hospital for Your Pet’s Health
Spaying or neutering your pets is responsible for many reasons, including:
- Preventing unwanted litters and contributing to the overpopulation of dogs and cats
- Protection against serious health problems
- Reduction of behavioral issues that occur due to the mating instinct
Our Alpharetta vet is experienced, knowledgeable, and thoughtful when performing these surgeries. You can trust us to give the best possible experience and insight for a fast recovery.
If you have questions about the benefits, process, or aftercare of spaying or neutering your dog– or anything else pet related– we’re here to help.