Procedure before and after surgery:
- Make a booking for the surgery
- Wash dogs the day before the surgery as they cannot be washed until after stitch removal
- No food after 10pm the night before
- No water after 8am on the day of surgery
- Full examination will be done by the vet
- Blood tests may be done to assess organ function
- Some pets will require IV support during surgery
- Pain relief is given prior to surgery
- Pet goes in for surgery and you are notified afterwards
- You take your pet home, they may still seem a bit groggy
- Keep them quiet and comfortable until the anaesthesia wears off completely
- Try and restrict high energy games/walks etc. while the wound heals
- The night after surgery give your pet only small portions of food and water
- Can resume normal eating and drinking on the next day or as recommended by the vet
- Administer all medications as recommended on the label
- Keep their environment clean to avoid the wound becoming infected
- Check the wound twice a day to ensure it is healing without infection
- Prevent chewing or licking of the wound (Fit a cone if needed).
- Return for stitch removal and post-op check up on the due date.
If there is swelling, redness, bleeding or any discharge from the wound, contact your vet immediately. These issues are unlikely to resolve on their own and can result in disastrous consequences for your pet.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have with regards to desexing your dog. Call us to make a consultation when you are ready to neuter your pet.