Spay / Neuter Surgery After-Care

Your pet has had major surgery, therefore, the following points must be considered:

  • Please let your pet rest quietly until the next morning. Adult animals should be checked hourly until bedtime as some vomiting might occur.
  • Feeding
    • Adult animal - ice cubes or ice chips only, until following morning.
    • Puppies or kittens less than six months of age should be fed and watered but only 1/2 portion of food preferably mixed with water after 8 p.m.
  • Activity level should be kept at a minimum - please monitor all activity for at least three to seven days and confine as necessary.
  • Please check incision daily for a week following surgery. If incision gets dirty it may be cleaned with hydrogen peroxide and a cotton ball. A little seepage and swelling is normal; however, if redness and excessive drainage appear please let us, or your veterinarian of choice, know as soon as possible.
  • Your pet should be kept out of the dirt for a week to avoid the potential of infection. For male cats, for at least a week to 10 days, use shredded paper instead of litter.
  • We have used absorbable sutures on your pet and they will dissolve. However, it is recommended that if your pet begins to lick or bother its surgical area, please purchase an e-collar from your local PETsMART or PetCo and make your pet wear it for at least seven days.
  • Male cats receive no sutures and will only need to be watched for abnormal swelling.
  • Female cats that were in heat can still attract males and if bred, internal sutures could be torn causing severe internal damage. These females need to be isolated from unaltered males for at least a week to 10 days.