How Pet Parents Can Care for Their Pets After Spaying or Neutering

by Lisa Fimberg on January 26, 2021

When a pet owner purchases a new puppy or kitten, there are many things to consider.   From naming the puppy or kitten to purchasing the right food, there are a lot of decisions for pet parents to make.   One easy decision is whether they should spay or neuter their pets.

The answer is yes!  Spaying or neutering their puppy or kitten is beneficial for their pets’ overall health as well as to control the overpopulation of unwanted pets.  While their veterinarian is always the best resource whether they should spay or neuter their pets, the consensus is to have either procedure done.

Most puppies should be neutered around six months of age with kittens spayed or neutered between 8 to 10 weeks old.  While some pet parents will need to keep their puppies or kittens overnight where the procedure has taken place, most pet owners can bring their pets home the same day.

What pet parents can expect after spaying or neutering

While both surgeries are very safe and done routinely, there is still some special care that should take place.   Their veterinarian will put a protective e-collar on their pet to prevent the puppy or kitten from licking the incision.  They should try to keep the collar on as long as possible (particularly with puppies).

Both kittens and puppies will have stiches that will either be removed or just dissolve on their own.

Below are some tips for pet parents to consider after spaying or neutering:

Activity is generally restricted for seven to ten days

Most pet parents should restrict activity for a week to ten days depending on how the puppy or kitten is healing.  Pet parents should avoid strenuous playing with their pets for the first few days after the surgery, so the puppy or kitten doesn’t tear out the stitches.

Puppies can be taken on short walks after a few days, but nothing vigorous.

Pet parents should find a quiet place for both puppies and kittens to recover

Pet parents should prepare a special place for their pets to recover.   Due to the anesthesia used during surgery, both kittens and puppies will be groggy and might have difficulty walking.

They should choose a warm, quiet place in their home with a bed or blanket and water bowl.  Most puppies and kittens will want to sleep for several hours after returning home from the surgery.

The incision needs to be monitored

Pet parents should keep an eye on the incision of their kittens or puppies to make sure it doesn’t become infected.  If there is redness or bleeding, they should call their veterinarian.

If their puppy or kittens is licking or chewing the incision, then the protective collar will need to be kept on longer.   If the incision is clean and the puppy or kitten isn’t licking it, the collar can be removed based on their veterinarian’s recommendation.

Vitamin E oil can be placed on the incision to help healing.

Pet parents should take note of any symptoms such as discharge or discoloration that might indicate an infection.  They should call their veterinarian if they find anything unusual or it looks as if the incision isn’t healing properly.

Puppies or kittens should be fed when they are ready

Pet owners should wait to feed their puppies or kittens until they are hungry.  Most pets get their normal appetite back after a day.   If not, pet owners should try to entice their pets with their favorite wet food in small amounts until they are ready to eat normally.

Most puppies and kittens recover very quickly after being spayed or neutered.  Some vets will want to see their puppy or kitten after a week to see how the incision is healing or to remove the stitches if necessary.

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