Canine Neuter Post-Operative Care Instructions
Your pet had anesthia and surgery today - both are stressful on the body and often require several days to fully recover from. It is not unusual for activity and appetite to be decreased as well as urination and defication patterns altered (sometimes less, sometimes more, sometimes mild diarrhea, etc.) for 3-5 days afterwards. So as long as your pet is eating and drinking, not vomiting, and not having blood in either their urine or feces just monitor during this 3-5 day recovery window. All outside animals should be kept indoors for at least 48 hours if possible. Offer a very small amout of food and water the first night, but do not worry if one or both of these are not consumed. After the first night, resume normal feeding schedule and amount.
Your pet has an incesion in front of his scrotum. Unless otheriwse noted there are no external or visable stitches. It is not uncommon for the incision to have mild bruising, mild swelling, or SMALL amounts of bloody or yellow discharge. Older animals often have significant scrotal swelling following surgery lasting 5-7 days due to the more developed tissue and larger "empty Space" the body must close. This swelling may be hard but should not be painful. If the incision is swollen or inflammed this is NOT normal. Licking will make both the scrotal and incision complications much more severe.
Pets often lick at the incesions especially as they heal. Licking in excess can cause trauma to the incesion which can delay healing and increase the rish of infection. Mild licking can often be controlled by applying deodorant or mouthwash AROUND (not directly on) the incesion. More intense licking may require a "cone" or E-collar to stop. Getting wet will also delay healing of the incision and greatly increase the risk of infection. Absolutely NO swimming, playing in the mud puddles, or bathing for 7 days after surgery. If the incision does get wet, immediately clean, dry and apply triple antibiotic cream.
Your pet had major surgery and while they often do not act like it, they need a minimum of 7 days to recover before allowing physical exertion. Controlled activity is fine. Uncontrolled activity such as running, jumping, roughhousing with playmates, etc. can stress the incesion delaying healing, causing significant swelling or worst case cause the incesion to break open.
Your pet did receive an antibiotic injection and anti-pain injection immediately after surgey. Most pets do not need additional medication. Some however do - most older dogs will be sent home with oral medication to help minimize swelling and inflammation. If you feel your pet is in oain please let us know and we can prescribe some pain medication for them. If you feel your pet needs antibiotics, please check with us immediately.
MONITOR: The incision, gums (should be pink), appetite, water intake, urination and defication.
**Not eating, urinating or defication for over 36 hours**
**Incision is gaping open or is significantly swollen or red**
**Bleeding or yellow discharge that persists more than 3 days or large amounts of the discharge**
**Vomiting or bloody diarrhea**
**Decreased activity that lasts more than 5 days**
**Inability to stand or walk or acting confused, disoriented, or walking "funny" after 12 hours**
If your pet experiences any of the above danger signs call us immediately at 912-448-2282
If you are unable to reach us do not wait for a call back if you feel it is a real emergency. Your pets health is most important. We reccomend that you try to contact an emergency vet or other local veterinarian. One emergency veterinary clinic we recommed try is Savannah Emergency Clinic at 912-355-6113