Spaying your female dog will eliminate the possibility of an unwanted pregnancy and infections of the uterus. During this procedure, your female pet will undergo surgery to remove the ovaries and uterus. If you have elected to have your female dog spayed, there are a few general post operative care instructions you need to be aware of. Before having this procedure performed, you might benefit from learning a few "dos and don'ts" to help your pet have a speedy and comfortable recovery:
1. DO Allow Your Pet Adequate Rest for 18-24 Hours After the Surgery
Following the surgical procedure of spaying, your dog may require more sleep than normal. For the first 18-24 hours is not unusual for your pet to sleep more than she is normally accustomed to. Allow your pet undisturbed rest in a quiet and comfortable spot.
2. DON'T Allow Family Members to Handle the Dog Excessively for a Day or Two
When your dog awakens from the anesthesia, she may become disoriented and groggy. During this time, it is not uncommon for a dog to become nippy or even aggressive if disturbed or handled too much. For this reason, it's best to keep children from petting or handling the dog.
3. DO Keep the Dog Confined to One Room Where No Stair Climbing Is Needed
During the first few days, it is best to keep the dog in a small room. If your home has two floors, keep the dog downstairs and do not allow her to climb stairs. Doing so may disturb any stitches that have been placed.
4. DON'T Feed Your Pet Heavy Foods after the Procedure
After the surgery, your dog may experience some nausea as a result of the anesthesia. This is normal. It is best to offer small portions of digestible food. Avoid "junk food." Keep her water bowl nearby as well.
5. DO Inspect the Incision Site Daily for Several Days
It is recommended to inspect the incision site on a daily basis for a period of one week. Redness and swelling should be minimal. Any unusual signs, such as bloody discharge or unusual swelling, should be reported to the veterinarian. Be sure to keep your hands away from the incision sight and do not apply any topical treatments unless directed by the veterinarian.
6. DON'T Allow Your Dog to Disturb the Incision Site
Your pet must not be allowed to lick or bite the wound. Doing so could reopen sutures, or lead to bleeding or infection. Your veterinarian may recommend a special collar to be worn by the dog until the incision heals. It is often referred to as an e-collar or recovery collar. The cone-shaped collar prohibits the dog from licking or biting. However, it may be rolled back for eating and drinking. Most national chain pet stores may carry such a collar, or you can ask the vet where to obtain one.
For more information, contact a veterinary clinic like Southwest Animal Hospital.