15 Sep Post Operative Care After Spaying Your Dog
Spaying your dog is one of the most responsible things you can do as a dog owner. Spaying your dog will allow them to live a longer and healthier life. It also cuts down on the number of animals needing homes, which is a big problem in today’s society. Responsible pet owners will have their dog spayed before they go into heat for the first time. Here’s what you need to know about how to care for your dog after they have this procedure.
It is generally recommended that for the first day after surgery your dog remain in a confined area, usually kept to one room. This helps to limit their activity. You will actually need to try to limit your dog’s activity for 7 to 14 days, meaning no rough play and discouraging running and jumping. In order to restrict your dog’s activity, you might have to primarily keep them indoors and away from other pets and children.
Your dog’s incision might be held closed with stitches or a type of surgical glue. In either case, it is important that you do not try to wash or clean the incision. You should keep the incision as dry as possible for at least one week. Stitches and glue will dissolve over time. Check the incision carefully every day to make sure that there is not too much blood or seepage. Some redness and swelling is normal. But if it is severe or painful, you might need assistance.
If your dog’s incision appears to be infected, is not healing properly, or is bleeding, it is important that you seek out medical attention for your dog right away. You should have your vet’s number on hand and ready to call in case there are any complications. When in doubt, always call and talk to your vet about your dog’s symptoms. While they might tell you not to come in, it is better to get advice from an expert.
If your pet hasn’t been spayed yet, now is a great time to take care of that responsibility. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your dog’s appointment.