What to Expect After Spaying/Neutering Your Dog

May 12th, 2017
By Miranda

Tips for caring for your furry family member  after a Spay/Neuter procedure

For many of us, the thought of having your dog “fixed” can be a scary thought. However, unless you plan on breeding your dog, it’s extremely important to spay/neuter your pet.

Why?

Well the first and most obvious reason is not adding to the overpopulation.

In spaying/neutering your pet, you are decreasing his/her chances of diseases and cancers.  Other benefits include behavioral improvement, better sanitation, and elimination of unpleasant odors.

When the time is right (typically after 8 weeks of age) and you decide to go forward with the procedure, your most important job will be post-operative care.

Here a few things you can expect and some pointers to ease your worries.

 

  1. Keep him/her in a small or confined area (i.e. crate or laundry room) and keep other pets and children away.
  2. They will most definitely be groggy and sleep longer than usual.
  3. A small amount of bruising, swelling, redness, and even discharge is common for the first few days.
  4. Loss of appetite.
  5. Make sure your dog isn’t licking or irritating their incision and if they are, make sure to notify your vet and they will more than likely provide an Elizabethan collar.
  6. Typically, it takes up to 10 days for your pup to completely heal.
  7. Do not bathe them.
  8. Above all, follow your vet’s instructions.
  9. Most importantly, show your best friend extra love and attention.

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