Your dog has been operated on today. Most dogs anaesthetised for routine neutering procedures (either castrations or bitch spays) go home the same day. Your dog should be able to walk, although your dog may be a little drowsy. You may be surprised how bright your dog is, but some special care may be needed.
A small area of hair may have been clipped from one or more of your dog’s legs and /or neck, don’t worry this will soon grow back. This is to allow for the administration of the anaesthetic, and for the collection of blood samples. Anaesthesia usually involves placing a breathing tube in the windpipe and occasionally this may cause a little irritation afterwards. You may also notice slight coughing, but this should not persist for more than a day or so.
When you get home, take your dog to his/her bed or favourite place and encourage rest. Keep your dog warm and offer the Gastro Intestinal diet you have been given if he/she appears interested in food. Do not worry if your dog does not want any but this may help sleep. Ensure that water is near to your dog’s bed then leave him/her to rest.
Your dog should be kept in for 24 hours apart from brief toilet visits into the garden. For the next 10-14 days (until the sutures are removed) your dog should have gentle lead exercise only. Try to avoid energetic behaviour e.g. jumping on chairs.
If you have selected a pet shirt, please be aware that your dog will require you to un-do the shirt before urine or faeces can be passed. It is vital that the pet shirt stays clean and dry in order to help wound healing. If you are unsure as how the pet shirt works please ask a member of staff and they will happily show you. Please check your dog over every day to ensure the vest is not rubbing.
It is important to check the site of the operation daily for any redness, swelling or oozing as well as behaviour changes. If your dog is worrying the wound e.g. licking or pulling the sutures, you will need to purchase a collar or a vest to protect the wound. Stitches are usually removed after 10-14 days. Sometimes dogs have dissolvable sutures or reversed sutures which do not need removal. You will be advised you on which sort your dog has.
If medication has been dispensed it should be given as directed and started the morning following surgery, unless otherwise stated.
Some useful tips for giving tablets:
a) Put the tablet in a treat to help them slip down
b) Mix the tablet in with a small amount of food
c) The further you tilt your dog's head back, the less tension there will be on the jaw and the easier it will be to drop a tablet onto the back of the tongue.
d) If you are worried about using your fingers, you could try a 'Pill Popper'. Ask your nurse or vet to demonstrate one to you.
Please arrange a post-operative check-up for 3-5 days time so we can monitor your dog's progress.
If you have any questions about your dog's treatment, please feel free to ask any member