If you’re thinking of getting your pet spayed or have already had your pet spayed, then you’ve probably heard of the risks associated with the surgery. This article includes what you, the caring pet owner, want to know about dog spay (or dog sterilization). Dog spay (or dog sterilization, as it’s often called) – otherwise called female dog neutering, dog spaying, dog uterus removal or just by the name: dog sterilization – is the surgical elimination of a female dog’s uterus and ovaries for the purpose of canine population control.
The process of getting a healing dog spay incision may take a little time. The vet or the surgeon will place an IV at the site of the surgery so that your pet can receive adequate fluids and electrolytes while awaiting the healing. Other medications may be prescribed by the vet, including pain relievers, antibiotics, etc. The stitches will remain in place for a while but will most likely be removed within a week. The stitches will come out in batches of eight and should dissolve within a few weeks.
If you have questions about the bleeding or swelling after the stitches are removed, ask your vet about them. The stitches leave a small amount of scar tissue. This scar tissue is what causes the bleeding and swelling post-surgery. The vet will remove this small amount of scar tissue and make sure that your pet doesn’t get an infection around the stitches because of the moist and warm area they were placed in.
Pets experience after the surgery
Your pet may experience some swelling or tenderness for a day or so after the surgery. This is normal, especially for dogs who have dealt with this type of procedure before. This should subside in a day or two and is no cause for concern. You will notice that your pet can stand and stretch without any problems. However, if there is swelling or pain, seek veterinary advice right away.
Check with your vet if you can hold the lump in place with a cast for a week. The cast will help with the swelling and will keep Petsynse comfortable during the first week. If your dog has difficulty moving around because of the cast, take them to the veterinarian as soon as possible. The cast will help with bruising and the stitches will remove it quickly.
The second question you might have is “can I put Neosporin on my dog’s spay incision?” Before you do, please talk with your vet about the risks associated with this medication. Although Neosporin does work to help with the swelling, it can also be harmful in the long run. In fact, more dogs than not, end up with kidney failure because of taking too much Neosporin. It is important that you research the side effects of Neosporin before going to the vet to get your puppy or adult dog the treatment they need.
Use cotton balls or gauze to apply Neosporin
Another issue with Neosporin is that if you are using too much, it could cause stomach pain and diarrhea. To avoid these, your veterinarian may suggest that you use cotton balls or gauze to apply Neosporin to your dog’s incision. You can use anything that will not irritate your pet’s stomach or will not cover the wound. Once you have administered the Neosporin, wait a full day or so before you apply another dose. If you do not watch your dog’s healing, you run the risk of another dog’s inflammation or an infection occurring.
One last issue with Neosporin that many owners do not think about, is when the stitches come out and go into the same hole where the lump was located during the surgery. Although the vet tries to cover it up, it will be visible and sometimes it can be painful to your pet. The best way to avoid this is to make sure that you only apply enough Neosporin to cover the wound during your dog spay incision. If you do notice that the stitches come out and go into the same spot as where the lump used to be, it is best to call for help from your vet right away. Your vet will be able to clean the area and prevent infection from setting in.
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