Canine Post-Op Information

Canine Post-Operative Owner Information

Your dog has undergone general anesthesia and surgical sterilization.  For the safety and well-being of you and your dog, please read and follow the post-operative instructions:

Sutures – We use dissolvable surgical tissue glue and sutures that do not require removal in most cases.  Please be advised that sutures can take up to 4-6 months to dissolve.  Occasionally there will be some swelling that will generally resolve itself in a few days.  Males do have significant swelling in their scrotum area, and it may even look like the testicles have not been removed.  Rest assured that they have been removed.

Recovery Time – Immediately following discharge, please restrict your dog’s activity for 2-3 hours to allow complete recovery from anesthesia.  Your dog must be kept indoors for 7-10 days after surgery, during which time you can carefully monitor your dog’s recovery.  Restrict leash walking to bathroom visits only.  Do not allow running or jumping, and keep your dog(s) separate from all other animals.  Do not allow your dog to get wet (baths or swimming) for two weeks after surgery.

Food and Water – Stomach upset can occur when any anesthesia is used.  After surgery, restrict the amount of food and water.  Offer a small amount of water 2 hours after your dog gets home, and a small amount of food 1 hour after the dog keeps the water down.  Repeat these small feedings for the rest of the day.  Regular feeding schedules can be resumed the next day.  Puppies 4 months and under should be fed and given water as soon as they get home.

Incision Care – Check the incision twice daily until healed.  A small amount of blood or fluid seepage immediately after surgery is normal.  Afterward, the incision should be kept dry and clean.  Do not put any alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on the incision.  Do not clean the incision as it can slow down healing.

Typical post-operative symptoms are:  decreased appetite, decreased energy level, nausea, and/or slight swelling or redness at the incision.  If these symptoms persist,  please call our CatSnip Medical Hotline at 404-895-1979 until 8:30 PM, Monday through Friday.  After 8:30 PM and on weekends, please contact your nearest emergency animal hospital.

Pain Medication – Dogs receive an injectable pain medication during surgery.  Additional pain medication is dispensed after surgery for home care.  Follow the prescribed directions on the medication to best comfort your dog.  DO NOT GIVE ANY MEDICATION TO YOUR DOG WITHOUT CONSULTING YOUR VETERINARIAN.  TYLENOL IS TOXIC TO ANIMALS AND ASPIRIN CAN BE DEADLY IF GIVEN POST-OPERATIVELY.

EmergenciesPlease take the time to familiarize yourself with the animal emergency facility nearest to you.  If you have any concerns about your pet’s medical condition within two weeks following surgery, please call our CatSnip Medical Hotline at 404-895-1979 until 8:30 PM, Monday through Friday.  After 8:30 PM and on weekends, please contact your nearest emergency animal hospital.  For medical records and other non-emergency information, please call our office at 770-455-7077.