Spaying is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus for female dogs and cats. It is one of the best things to do to maintain your dog's health. It is expected that your dog will be weak for the following days after the surgery. With that, your support and care is very important for her fast recovery.
After the operation, it is important that you know the common symptoms your dog may experience on the first 24 hours. Symptoms include grogginess, lethargy, sleeping more than usual, lack of balance, little or no appetite, nausea, vomiting, and panting. Aggression is also common which is usually geared towards other pets. With this knowledge, you will be able to determine the activities to be avoided and to be done for your pet.
Recovery time is about 14 days after the surgery. It is best if you bring your dog home the same day of the surgery, after she has been stabilized. Home is the best place because it is a place where she feels safe and secure. Moreover, it will be possible to monitor her closely and visit her in her bed whenever you want to.
The following are tips on how to take care of your dog after spaying:
Provide a small amount of food to start with. Feed the dog only after it is fully awake or else she may experience choking. Do not overfeed your dog because it may result to vomiting. Remember, she is still nauseated from the anesthesia used for the surgery. Give foods rich in Vitamin E to boost her immune system.
Follow the vet's instructions about the medications. Give only the amount indicated to avoid over dosage. Also, don't forget to ask about the proper techniques in medicine administration.
Watch your dog around other animals. Your pet must be kept safe and should not be disturbed when sleeping and relaxing.
Dogs might not appreciate your touch for the first hours after surgery because they are still in pain and they exhibit guarding attitudes. Let the other members of the family know this to avoid accidents.
Limit activity and take short walks. Do not let your dog perform strenuous activities. However, short walks should be done to promote good blood circulation and hasten the healing process.
Monitor the Incision. Watch out for bleeding or any foul odor that might indicate infection. Notify the veterinarian if such conditions occur.
Clean the incision 2-3 times a day. Clean the site with the recommended or advised antiseptic agent using a clean cotton. You may cover it with a gauze pad or not, depending with the vet's advice.
Keep the "Cone" on. This will prevent your dog from licking his wound so keep it on until the wound is fully healed.