As a pet owner, you are probably very familiar with the necessity of spaying or neutering your pet dog. Not only will it help you with your dog’s future training endeavors, but it will also help protect the domestic dog as a species and eliminate several different health concerns.
The spaying and neutering procedures are relatively routine these days, with more and more people understanding the importance of this step in their dog’s life. However, with any surgical procedure, your dog must go through a recovery period.
While your dog is recovering, you can still spend lots of quality time with them. You can pick up a few professional grooming tools, like dog nail clippers, to ensure your dog is still being pampered during recovery. Keeping your dog’s nails trimmed will help you avoid having your dog scratch and pull out stitches.
Here are six practical tips to remember to care for your dog after neutering or spaying.
1. Rest and recuperate
The week after your dog’s surgery, you must keep life low-key. This may not be easy if your dog is a puppy, and they probably are.
Puppies are notorious for being balls of energy. They can be hyperactive and roam, so you might need a GPS dog tracker to monitor them.
Your dog may cause harm to himself if you allow too much physical activity after spaying or neutering, so try and keep things as low-key as possible to prevent injury.
2. Check for signs of infection
You must check for any signs of infection and call your veterinarian if you notice anything unusual. Your pet could have sutures that you can see on their skin and around the wound.
Keep an eye out for redness and swelling of any kind. It’s common for a dog to develop an infection after the operation, so if you notice anything odd, call your vet immediately.
3. Prevent licking and chewing
Your dog may try to lick the stitches or even chew on them. If this is the case, talk to your veterinarian about placing an Elizabethan collar on your dog. These are standard protection measures for dogs and have an extremely high success rate. Another option is to use an inflatable collar.
E-collars can be uncomfortable and irritating for your dog, so it’s best to use them when other options fail. These collars will ensure that the wound is less likely to get inflamed or infected, so it is usually recommended for fussy or sensitive dogs.
Another smart way to prevent damage post-surgery is to pick up a belly wrap or protective clothing to shield the wound. There are vet-approved skincare products that are very effective for post-surgery protection.
They aid in healing and will provide light relief for most irritation. They also significantly reduce the likelihood of licking or biting the wound.
5. Check the odor
One thing that many pet owners forget is that their dogs can get smelly. Most vets will restrict bathing after surgery for up to 14 days. This time is essential for the wound to heal correctly, but it can cause your dog to smell foul.
Because your dog cannot groom himself, you may also notice general smelliness around your dog’s private areas, which can become mildly unsettling for some pet owners. Just remember, this problem is temporary.
Remember, if your dog has a yeasty or putrid odor post-surgery, that could be a sign of infection. If in doubt, ask your veterinarian for advice.
6. Distract your dog
The key to successful recovery post-opt is to keep your dog distracted from the surgical site. You’ll also have to keep your dog calm to avoid having him tear out the stitches and prolong the healing process. Take your dog for leisurely walks, but try to keep your dog from jumping on or off furniture.
Keep him on a leash to control his movements when you take your dog out. You also may want to crate your dog when you are not home to supervise him.
Check your dog’s stitches throughout the day to ensure they remain intact.
Care for your dog after neutering or spaying to ensure speedy healing
Amy Davis loves her pets. She has a diverse variety, including two cats, one dog, three rabbits, two guinea pigs, a rat, and a beautiful macaw. She loves writing about everything pet-related and spends as much time as possible sharing her personal experiences on her blog, Ultimate Pet Hub.