Spaying or neutering your pet benefits them in many ways and even reduces their chances of getting certain forms of cancer. While your pet relies on you to select the best treatment options, they also look to you to provide proper aftercare following their procedure. Here are some topics we frequently get asked about after any spay or neuter procedure and sticking to these suggestions can help your pet stay safe and recover faster.
These tips need to be followed for a full 14 days after surgery. Most cats and dogs take this long to recover from any surgery, and not following the instructions can cause complications that may necessitate restricting them for an even longer amount of time. Follow the old expression, “better safe than sorry” whenever (humanly) possible.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Pet Surgery Aftercare
DON’T let them lick their wounds. Allowing your pet to lick their wounds can irritate the area and increase their risk of getting an infection. It may also undo stitches or remove the glue used to seal the location.
DON’T let your pet perform any excessive activities or get in the water, including baths. Doing vigorous activities or getting wet can loosen or dissolves the stitches or glue that were placed to close the surgical site.
DO get them a cone or head cover to prevent them from licking their wound. While cones may be uncomfortable for your animal at the moment, it aids them in the overall healing process, and your pet will thank you later for it.
DO use aloe vera to relieve itchiness and speed up the healing process. It also helps to keep your pet from licking their wounds because they hate the taste. Vets and pet professionals prefer owners to use aloe vera because it is a natural substance and has healing properties. Deodorant can also be used, but it may cause discomfort and irritation if it enters your pet’s wound.
DO call or come into our office if you notice that their wound has become inflamed, red, or is oozing. This could indicate there is an infection and it should be treated immediately. If the surgical site reopened, then we can close it or determine the next course of action.
DO keep the surgical area clean. Check the incision at least twice a day and make sure there is no dirt or debris stuck to it. Try to pay attention to where they play or lay down and see that it is as clean as possible. If they do get into a questionable area just gently clean the wound area with a cotton ball and warm water. Do not use hydrogen peroxide or any kind of soap.
The team at Medical Center of San Antonio wants your pet to stay healthy and sticking to a good aftercare routine is essential for their well-being. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet’s post-operative care, contact our office so we can help.