How to care for your pet after a desexing procedureYour pet has had a general anaesthetic and a complete desexing today.
In the case of females the uterus and ovaries have been removed via an incision into the abdomen. She will not come on heat again.
For males, the testicles have been removed via a scrotal (cats) or pre-scrotal (dogs) incision. Males will take approximately 6 weeks for circulating testosterone levels (and therefore unwanted male behaviour) to decrease. Be aware that males may also have viable sperm for several weeks after desexing.
To ensure a complete and safe recovery, the following care is essential:
AnaestheticKeep in mind how you might feel after an anaesthetic. It is normal for your pet to be drowsy the evening or even the next day after an anaesthetic. Normal reflexes may be decreased. Therefore keep your pet in a quiet confined space that is warm (but not too hot) and out of draughts.
Offer only a small amount of food in the evening. Your pet may not feel like eating.
Ensure water is available. Appetite should be back to normal by the following evening
Sutures & Incision SiteAll skin sutures need to be removed 10 – 14 days following surgery.
Suture lines need to stay clean and dry so keep your pet in a clean environment and no bathing or swimming until after the sutures are removed & the wound is completely healed.
It is essential that your pet does not lick or chew at the sutures – if he/she does, then you will need to use an Elizabethan Collar to prevent this. The nurse can show you how to use one. Remember it can take as little as a minute for your pet to chew out sutures and cause the incision site to open up.
To ensure fast problem-free healing & to ensure there is no excessive strain on the surgery incision site, do not allow your pet to exercise or move around too much until after the sutures are removed (or until advised by the veterinarian or nurse). For dogs, lead exercise only to go out to toilet. For cats, confinement to a small room with a litter tray.
Note that cat castrations do not have sutures.Check the wound daily. Please contact us if you notice any of the following:
1.Your pet is unwell, depressed or vomiting after 24 hours
2.Your pet is constantly trying to lick the wound
3.The wound swells or becomes hot and painful (note that a small amount of swelling without heat and pain is normal)
4.There is blood or discharge from the wound.
PLEASE PHONE US IF YOU ARE AT ALL WORRIED ABOUT YOUR PET.
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