SNIP, Inc. POST OP SPAY/NEUTER INSTRUCTIONS
Congratulations on having your pet spayed or neutered. This is an important step in curbing the pet overpopulation problem. Here are some general after surgery instructions to help speed your pet's recovery. Remember: all animals do not act the same during recovery.
- Your pet will let you know about eating/drinking/activity. The most important job YOU have is to monitor the incision. When our veterinarian spayed/neutered your pet, an incision was made, either on her belly or between his penis and scrotal sac (where his balls used to be). It is YOUR job to keep the incision clean, dry and INTACT. Your pet (especially a dog) will go after the incision. Your pet can lick and chew at the incision, get the sutures out, and OPEN the INCISION!
- The easiest way to prevent this is to put an E-collar on your pet. This "cone" attaches to your dog's collar and physically prevents your dog from getting his/her nose to the incision. All dogs (and some cats) should leave the clinic with an E-collar on their collar. We can measure the pet for the correct size & apply the collar while they are still sleepy.
- If you choose NOT to purchase the $5 E-collar, and your pet gets his/her incision open, YOU are responsible to take your pet to the vet to have the incision closed again. This can be expensive and cost several hundred dollars for you, as your pet may need another anesthetic, more sutures, and medications. Prevention is the key.
- The collar must stay on for several day to a week until healing has begun and the incision no longer holds a "fascination" for your pet. The collar can be taken off for eating/drinking but it is often easier to adjust the food and water bowls away from the wall so your pet can eat and drink with the collar on.
- If you find your pet can manipulated the collar so as to get to the incision, please call the clinic so we can put on the next larger size.
- Have someone around for the first 24 hours after surgery to monitor your pet and their reaction to their incision, and to make sure they are waking up appropriately, and beginning to drink water and eat.
- Keep your pet indoors, preferably a quiet room, away from other pets and any children as your pet recovers from his/her surgery and anesthetic. Keep noise and stimuli to a minimum to allow your pet to recover easily and gently, and make sure they are warm/cool enough.
- The anesthetic and pain medication given to your pet may cause your pet to be lethargic (droopy, quiet, etc.) Some pets are nauseated and may vomit.
- When you give your pet water, give a small amount at first. Wait and see that the water stays down. You may also try ice cubes.
- Do not feed your pet until it is able to easily walk around and is mentally alert. Feed lightly: not all pets will want to eat after surgery. Do not "cook" something special to tempt your pet to eat. Some pets may not want to eat until the morning after surgery.
- If your pet is not able to rise, walk and drink water by the next morning, contact your veterinarian. This can be a sign of an underlying disease or problem that should be investigated.
- Look at the incision daily. Keep the incision clean and dry.
- Do not heath your pet or allow the incision to get wet for 14 days.
- Do not allow any vigorous activity for 2-4 weeks. Be vary careful letting your female pets jump up/down off furniture, as this stretching can be harmful to the internal healing
- If you have any questions or concerns after clinic, please call the clinic staff @ (305) 587.7647.