Caring For Your Pet After Spay/Neuter Surgery
Spay/neuter surgery is critically important to controlling animal populations, and furthermore, many pet owners note that the procedure tends to have a beneficial effect on their pet's behavior. However, like any surgery, spaying and neutering procedures require recovery time, and it's important to remember that your pet won't fully feel like him or herself immediately after the procedure. While most pets can recover from being spayed or neutered very quickly, others take a few days to return to their full awareness. Also, it's important to note that pets won't be able to eat regular food immediately after their surgery. If your pet is spayed or neutered at Oakbrook Animal Hospital, our staff will ensure that you understood exactly how to care for your pet in the days and weeks following the procedure.
How Long Will I Need to Monitor My Pet?
Most pets need routine monitoring only immediately after their operation, and owners simply need to ensure that the incision site is healing properly in the subsequent days. Pets should begin to feel more active a day or so after their procedure, but it's normal for them to feel tired for up to seven days after the operation. Tell your veterinarian if the pet seems unusually sluggish or their tiredness persists longer than one week.
What Should I Watch Out For?
Many pets become nauseous following their surgeries, and in the hours immediately following the procedure, it's important to watch for vomiting. Most vomiting will be insignificant, but if it persists or becomes serious, call a veterinarian at once.
In the days after the procedure, pet owners should make sure that the incision site remains clean, isn't swelling, and that the sutures aren't torn. To keep the area clean, cat owners are urged to replace their cat's litter with shredded paper. If the incision is dirty, it can be washed gently with hydrogen peroxide and a cotton ball. Contact a veterinarian if the site appears infected or otherwise looks unusual.
What Can My Pet Eat?
For the night after the procedure, it's recommended that adult pets eat only ice cubes or chips, and puppies or kittens younger than six months should be fed a half portion of their normal meal, mixed with water. Pets should be able to eat a normal diet again the day after their procedure.
Why Choose Oakbrook Animal Hospital?
Oakbrook Animal Hospital is one of Gardner and Johnson County's premier centers for veterinary care. To learn more about spaying and neutering, visit our page detailing its benefits, and contact us to schedule an appointment.