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 left flank (side of the abdomen). These sutures are usually dissolvable ones buried under the skin - 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 this shouldn’t persist more than a day or so.
Licking can slow down wound healing and introduce infection, which is why we supply 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 cat should be supervised to ensure she does not lick or chew the wound.
The wound should be checked daily for pain, swelling, or discharge; it is normal for the first 24hours to see a few drops of blood but if there’s more than this you should contact us. You should 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 as it should.
For the first week, extra care should be taken to prevent strain on the wound. It can be difficult to prevent cats from climbing or jumping so confining them to one room with little or no chance to jump onto high surfaces will help to avoid strain on the wound.
Please do not allow your cat to go outdoors for two weeks, this allows the wound to heal fully and prevent any infection or opening the wound up through jumping or fighting.
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 the next day as instructed at discharge. This is a liquid pain relief which should be given on a full stomach - you can put it into food or wait until he has eaten then syringe it into his mouth.
To administer use the syringe supplied, this syringe is dose per kg and you should only use the syringe provided.
Loxicom should only be given once a day and the doses should not be split.
If your pet starts to vomit or has diarrhoea then please stop using the Loxicom and call us for advice.
Although your pet has been offered a small meal while in the hospital they can be offered another light meal tonight. This should be easily digestible such as cooked chicken and or white fish. Alternatively, you can purchase a tin of Royal Canin Gastrointestinal food from reception.
Normal appetite should return in 24-48 hours so they can be offered their normal diet the day after surgery.
Once fully recovered 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, he 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.