After Surgery Recommendations

 

You can also find these instructions printed on your paperwork that you are provided with on pick up.

Spaying or neutering is major surgery. Your pet will need your close attention to help prevent complications. Follow these instructions to assure that your dog or cat has a successful recovery:

 

1. LIMIT ACTIVITY: 

Although some pets remain quiet immediately after surgery, there are also some that are active after surgery. It is very important that you limit your pet's movements during the 7–10 day recovery period, as strenuous activity, such as running, jumping, or playing, could disrupt the healing process. This is especially important in female pets and in male pets that have had surgery that involved an abdominal incision (testicles that were in the abdomen instead of in the scrotum which is outside of the abdomen.) 

 

2. KEEP THE INCISION CLEAN AND DRY FOR 10 DAYS:

  • Dogs and female cats have internal sutures that provide strength to the tissue as they heal; these will dissolve after approximately four months. Surgical glue has also been applied to the skin to seal the incision against bacterial penetration. 

  • Male cats will not have any sutures unless they are cryptorchid with the testicle(s) in the abdomen. If your male cat was a routine neuter he does not have external sutures. If he was cryptorchid, he will have sutures just like a female after spaying. 

  • Do not bathe your pet or allow it to get wet during the recovery period. Keep your pet indoors where he or she can stay clean, dry, and warm. Dogs can be walked on a leash to go to the toilet.

3. CHECK THE INCISION AT LEAST TWICE A DAY:

  • Female dogs and cats have a mid-line incision in their abdomen.

  • Male dogs have an incision on or just above the scrotum.

  • Male cats have two incisions, one on each side of the scrotum.

  • Look at your pet's incision after you pick him or her up. What you see when we discharge your pet is what we consider normal. There should be no drainage, and redness and swelling should be minimal. Male cats may appear as if they still have testicles; this is normal, and the swelling should subside gradually during the recovery period.

  • Do not allow your pet to lick or chew at the incision. If this occurs, we recommend you purchase Bitter Apple or Bitter Orange spray to deter licking and chewing (place your finger over the incision and spray around the area – do not spray directly onto the incision—it will sting!). If this does not deter them from licking, an E-collar must be applied to prevent them from being able to reach the area and these can be purchased from us for $10 or from a pet store. 

  • In order to comply with current standards of The Association of Shelter Veterinarians, a green tattoo is applied to the abdomen of female dogs and cats or near the scrotum of male dogs and cats. This is meant as an indicator of the sterilization status of these animals thus preventing unnecessary surgery later in life.

4. LOOK FOR SIGNS OF PAIN:

  • Pain medications are administered before and after surgery. If your pet appears to be in pain after getting home, please call our clinic at (321) 724-1141 or at (321) 394-1271, so that we can assess whether or not your pet needs to be examined.

5. KEEP IN-HEAT FEMALE DOGS AWAY FROM UN-NEUTERED MALE DOGS FOR AT LEAST 2 WEEKS AFTER SPAYING:

  • Your female dog is now unable to become pregnant, but she will still attract intact males for a short period of time. If a male dog attempts to breed a female at this point, it can cause her serious, possibly life-threatening, damage.

6. WATCH FOR COMPLICATIONS:

  • Spaying and neutering are both safe surgeries with reasonable after-surgery care; however, as with all surgery, complications can occur. Minimal redness and swelling should resolve within several days, but if they persist longer, please contact us. You should also contact us immediately if you notice any of the following:

    • Pale gums

    • Depression

    • Vomiting

    • Diarrhea

    • Discharge or bleeding from the incision

    • Difficulty urinating

    • Labored breathing

7. CALL IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS:

  • Brevard Spay/Neuter Clinic will treat at our clinic, at minimal or no cost, any post-operative complications resulting directly from the surgery if the above post-operative instructions have been followed in full.

  • Any illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of surgery must be addressed by your regular veterinarian.

  • Please call us for an appointment as soon as you see cause for concern.

  • We cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow post-operative instructions, or from contagious diseases for which the animal was not previously properly vaccinated.

  • If you have any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call us at (321)724-1141 during our regular hours or at (321)394-1271 if it is surgery-related emergency outside our business hours.

  • Call your regular veterinarian or the veterinary emergency clinic if you have an emergency that is not related to the spaying or neutering of your pet. 

SERVICES

- Spay/Neuter

- Annual Exams
- Vaccinations

- Dental cleanings
- Routine Lab Tests
- Intestinal Parasite Control
- Flea Control

CONTACTS

Email: BrevardSNC@gmail.com

Telephone:   321-724-1141

Fax:             321-676-0068

Emergency: 321-394-1271

 ADDRESS: 4430 Dixie Highway

(US1) Suite 1 & 2 

Palm Bay, Florida 32905 

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Monday - Thursday 

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