Spaying is a major procedure and is carried out under a full general anaesthetic. Due to the anaesthetic, your pet may be sleepy and a bit unsteady for the next 12-24 hours. During this time, she should be allowed to rest quietly in a warm (not too hot), comfortable, draught-free place and should be monitored closely.
During the operation, the veterinary surgeon will suture (stitch) the skin along the midline of the abdomen. These sutures are usually dissolvable ones buried under the skin (and so cannot be seen). Sometimes we will use nylon sutures that need to be removed approximately 10 days after the procedure.
During the operation, the vet will have placed a breathing tube into the windpipe to help her breathe through the anaesthetic. This can sometimes cause a little irritation, your pet may have a slight cough but should not persist more than a day or so.
After the operation, your dog may be tempted to lick her wound, however this can slow down the healing process and introduce infection. We will have supplied you with a buster collar to prevent your pet interfering with their wound. This should be worn at all times, although it can be removed for feeding but your pet must be supervised at all time to ensure she does not lick or chew the wound.
The wound should be checked on a daily basis for pain, swelling, or discharge. It is normal for the first 24hours to see a few drops of blood; if any more than this you should contact us for an appointment so we can check the wound. Check that the surgical site is healing well and that there are no holes in the wound and that the sutures are holding.
Do not apply anything to the wound and it shouldn’t be cleaned unless advised to do so by a vet or veterinary nurse.
A post op check should be booked with a Veterinary nurse around 3-5 days after the surgery, this is so we can check the wound is healing normally.
For the first 24 hours, your dog should only be allowed out to the toilet and not walked, we advise that you use the lead in the garden to prevent running around. After the first 2 days, you can take your dog on short lead walks, this should be continued for 7-10 days.
For the first week, extra care should be taken to prevent strain on the wound, this means that ideally your dog should be lifted in and out of the car, do not allow upstairs or on the sofa. If lifting your dog, be careful not to apply pressure to the abdomen while lifting.
You should also avoid muddy areas to keep the wound as clean as possible, and do not allow swimming. We also advise not book to book your pet into the groomers or give them a bath until the wound is fully healed.
Your pet will have had an anti-inflammatory pain relieving injection during her surgery which will last for 24 hours.
We have supplied Loxicom for you to administer at home, please start this tomorrow as instructed at discharge. This is a liquid pain relief that should be given on a full stomach (you can put it into food or wait until she has eaten then syringe into her mouth.)
To administer use the syringe supplied, this syringe is dose per kg and not per ml only use the syringe provided.
Loxicom should only be given once per day and the doses should not be split.
If your pet starts to vomit or has diarrhoea then please stop the Loxicom and call for advice.
Although your pet has been offered a small meal while in the hospital, she can be given another light meal tonight. This should be easily digestible such as cooked chicken and boiled rice or white fish. Alternatively, you can purchase a tin of Royal Canin Gastrointestinal food from reception.
Her normal appetite should return in 24-48 hours and her normal diet can resume the day after surgery.
Once fully recovered you should reduce your pet’s daily amount of food by approximately 1/4. Their metabolism will start to slow down and reducing food intake will help prevent obesity.
If your pet has not eaten within 48 hours of her operation, she is listless, unsteady, painful or you have any other concerns about the wound or her well-being, please telephone us for advice on 01383 722818.
We operate an emergency out of hours service after 7pm. If you are very worried about your pet and feel that they can’t wait until the next day for an appointment, please call us on 01383 722 818.