What do I need to know about the spay procedure my pet went through?
Your pet received general anesthesia today for a surgical procedure to remove her ovaries and potentially part of her uterus which will result in numerous health benefits including prevention of ovarian and mammary cancer, uterine infections, and the elimination of heat cycles.
- Most pets will naturally become very active in a short period of time after surgery and confinement and close supervision indoors is of the utmost importance. This means no running, jumping, climbing or rough-housing. Pets must be on a leash when going outside. This will help speed healing, as well prevent stress on the incision.
- These restrictions should stay in place for 7-10 days post surgery, or as otherwise directed by your veterinarian.
What can I expect when I bring my pet home tonight?
- Since your pet had general anesthesia today she may be groggy, slightly unstable. Allow your pet to recover in a quiet room at home away from other pets.
- Some pets are not quite themselves for up to 24-48 hours following anesthesia. Signs such as pacing, panting, whimpering, mild lethargy, and/or restlessness may be noticed.
- A small tube was placed down her throat and can sometimes cause irritation for a day or two. If there is persistent coughing for more than two days, please let us know.
- If your pet was in heat during her procedure, vaginal bleeding can be normal for up to 3-5 days post surgery.
Special Feeding instructions
- Tonight, gradually feed your pet only 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 the normal amount as pets may feel nauseous after anesthesia and vomit if given large amounts of water or food. Tomorrow you may continue food and water amounts as usual as long as your pet is eating and drinking well with no vomiting or diarrhea.
- Your pet may not want to eat at all tonight. If your pet is still not eating the day after the procedure, please let us know.
How do I care for my pet’s incision?
- A small amount of blood seepage is normal immediately after surgery. Some redness and swelling of the incision is expected and also normal. Please check the incision at least once daily for any changes such as: redness, swelling, discharge, odors, or opening of the incision. If any of the above is noticed, please call the clinic.
- Please prevent your pet from licking/chewing at their incision. If allowed to do so it can cause delayed healing time, infection, or cause the sutures to come out. This may involve use of t-shirts, boxer shorts and an e-collar (cone).
- Never put anything on the incision unless directed by a veterinarian.
- Keep the incision dry and clean (no bathing, swimming, water activities, etc)
- In case a recheck appointment wasn’t already scheduled when you picked up your pet, please schedule one in 10-14 days. Recheck sooner if you have any concerns.
Should there be an emergency when our hospital is closed (our hours are from 10am-10pm), please bring your pet to one of the following emergency hospitals to be evaluated:
- Wheatridge Animal Hospital (303-424-3325)
- Veterinary Emergency Group (720-574-9834)
Thank you for trusting us with your pet’s health, and for being the BEST pet parent to your furry baby!
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