Dog Neutering – Next Steps In Care
15 May, 2012

As every dog owner knows, you should neuter your male dog before he or she is six to eight months old.  While the surgery is common and very much recommended, it is up to the owner to follow your Veterinarian’s post operation instructions to allow for a quick/easy recovery.

Below are some detailed tips that you should follow to ensure that your dog recovers comfortably and quickly:

Limit Activity

Dogs that have just been neutered might be groggy and unable to walk well.  It is recommended that you keep your dog in a quiet, safe, clean environment away from other dogs in the initial days after his or her surgery.  It might be helpful to confine your dog to a small crate or a small room where he or she can be monitored.

It is important for your dog to remain calm because the veterinarian closes the incision typically with stitches, and this wound can tear open if your dog is active. Further, if you allow your dog to go outside, he or she could get dirt or bacteria in the incision area, which can lead to infection.  You can walk your dog on a leash for a little exercise as long as you monitor it.

Prevent Licking

Dogs have a natural instinct to lick and bite the areas where they feel pain, often aggravating the wounds and causing infection. In some cases, dogs might even be able to remove their stitches. Dogs that tend to lick (or you think might aggravate the stitching) should wear an Elizabethan collar. (I call them, affectionately – cone heads)!


No Food or Water

Upon coming home, most veterinarians recommend that you don’t give your dog food or water because his or her stomach might be upset after surgery.  Further, upon coming home, our dogs sometimes get excited and will vomit if they have food or water.  Just let them rest for a while and slowly introduce a little food and water back in their diet.

Watch the Incision

Incisions on neutered dogs take an average of ten to fourteen days to heal. Owners should keep an eye on the incision to ensure it is healing properly. Redness, bleeding, excess swelling and drainage should be reported to the veterinarian.

When you Need to go to the vet

If your dogs suffer from any of the below conditions, you should go to your Veterinarian immediately: pale gums, depression, discharge or bleeding from the incision, excess swelling, difficulty urinating, labored breathing, and episodes of vomiting and diarrhea.

Further, if your veterinarian uses sutures that need to be removed, you should go back to the vet after a week to have the stitches removed. 

While seeing your dog groggy and unhappy for a few days is tough to bear, it is only for the short-term.  He or she will recover nicely and you won’t have to go through the surgery ever again!


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