What to expect when you get your pet home:
Your pet has had major surgery. The surgery requires general anesthesia. The patient is completely asleep and unable to feel or move. In female dogs and cats, the uterus and ovaries are removed through a small incision in the abdominal wall. Females are unable to get pregnant. In both male dogs and cats, the scrotum is not removed, only the testicles. Removal of the testicles prevents production of sperm and the male dog or cat will no longer be able to father puppies or kittens. Your pet has received pain medication.
Female dogs and cats have a mid-line incision in their abdomen. Male dogs have an incision just above the scrotum and male cats have two incisions, one in each side of the scrotum. Check the incision site daily. What you see today is what we consider normal. There should be no drainage. Redness and swelling should be minimal. Males may appear as if they still have testicles — this is normal, the swelling should subside gradually through the recovery period. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR PET TO LICK OR CHEW AT THE INCISION. To avoid this, we strongly recommend you purchase bitter apple or orange spray for cats and e-collars for dogs. If your pet licks, he/she can open the incision or cause infection, incurring additional veterinary costs. For your convenience, the spray and collars can be purchased (and fitted) here for $15, but are also available at most pet stores. The collar should remain on your pet until new (pink) tissue appears at the incision site (7-10 days).
If your female dog or cat was in heat at the time of surgery, you must keep them away from un-neutered males for at least two weeks. While they are unable to become pregnant, they will still attract intact males, for a short period of time.
Sutures: Unless you are told otherwise, your pet does not have external sutures. All sutures are absorbable on the inside and the very outer layer of skin is held together with surgical glue. Do not clean or apply topical ointment to the incision site. If you are told that your pet has skin sutures or skin staples, they will need to return in 7-10 days to have those removed. Male cats do not have any sutures.
Please have the collar on at all times for 5-7 days. You can take it off for a short time only if you are watching provided your pet does not lick the incision site.
If your pet has received their first set of vaccines at the time of surgery they will require boosters in 3-4 weeks. You can book ahead here with us if you know your schedule.