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Post-operation desexing tips to ensure that your pet has a quick and healthy recovery

Firstly, making the decision to desex your pet is not only a responsible part of pet ownership, but also ensures that they are free of illnesses that target their reproductive systems, and helps them with behavioural problems as well.

However, now that the procedure is over and done with, you’ll soon be home with a pet that has just undergone an extensive medical procedure. Read here to find out what you can do to ensure that their recovery period is one of rest and healing.

  • General considerations

Remember that you don’t need to confine your pet to a pen after the procedure. Just be sure that they have a place where they can be comfortable and can rest easily. Also be sure to place a bowl of fresh water close by.

What’s most important during this initial stage, and until their stitches come out, is to make sure that your pet doesn’t lick their wound, or perform any strenuous activity for at least 10 days after the surgery, or as your vet recommended.

Licking is one of the leading causes of post-op infection, and if you don’t want to spend more time at the vet, rather get your pet a head collar. They might hate it, but it beats infection and any risk to their health.

  • Diet

It’s not out of the ordinary if your pet doesn’t want to eat when they come back from the vet. However, their appetite should pick up the morning after. If they don’t seem interested in their normal feed, you can give them a blandly cooked chicken breast and white rice (be sure to not use any salt), but don’t give them any fatty foods.

If their appetite doesn’t return after the second day, be sure to consult your vet.

  • Their behaviour and the wound

Your pet’s behaviour will be one of the first indicators that they’re not healing. Look out for signs of lethargy, pale gums or difficulty with getting up, especially at night. If your pet does move around, but hunches over or presents with other abdominal discomfort, this is cause for concern.

In terms of the wound, you should keep an eye on it for any sudden swelling, discharge or pus coming from the wound. Also, if your pet shows pain if you touch the wound after three days, it’s normally a sign that something is amiss.

If you see any of these signs, it’s normally a good idea to contact your vet sooner rather than later.

Want more advice about how to care for your vet before and after desexing, get in touch with us anytime.

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