Neuter Surgery, From Start to Finish

What you need to know about this important procedure.

By Maureen Kochan |

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Is it expensive?
 Many veterinarians offer neuter services as part of a puppy vaccination package.
 Some offer a spay and neuter day, with reduced fees for those who demonstrate need.
 Many shelters and humane organizations provide neuter vouchers or other funding to those in need.

When can my dog come home?
 Most dogs go home the same day.
 If you need to work and can't stay with your dog when he gets home, ask your veterinarian about an extended stay for observation.

How can I help my dog once he comes home?
 Keep him quiet and restrict unnecessary activity for at least 1 day following the procedure.
 Prevent excessive licking of the incision.
 Monitor food and water intake according to your veterinarians instructions.

What symptoms should prompt me to call my veterinarian?
 A reopened incision
 Abnormal swelling of the incision area (some swelling is normal)
 Dark red or purple discoloration
 Bloody or thick discharge from the incision
 Foul odors from the incision area, which could indicate an infection
 Continued lethargy, or if your dog doesn't seem to get better after a few days

When can my dog resume normal activity?
 Most dogs are awake and alert soon after surgery.
 Some will eat the same day as surgery.
 Most resume normal activity the next day.

Neuter surgery is an important part of responsible pet ownership, and an investment in your dogs long-term health. Have additional questions? Talk to your veterinarian today.

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Mary   Monterey, CA

3/16/2011 2:15:32 PM

We have a foster labrador retriever that was recently neutered. The bag was left in tact and hangs down between his legs. It is very unsightly. Can anything be done to correct this. The vet said this is because he was very large.

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joslyn williams   gaithersburg, MD

1/16/2011 1:06:26 PM

I LIVE IN THE GAITHERSBURG MARYLAND AREA- I HAVE TO GET MY DOG NEUTER CAN NOT AFFORD IT- BUT I DONT I HAVE TO GIVE THE DOG UP- AND I DONT WANT TO DO THAT- DO YOU KNOW OF A PLACE THAT NEUTER FOR FREE- ANYWHERE IN BALTIMORE, GAITHERSBURG, AND SURROUNDING AREA THANKS

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LISA   CLEARWATER, FL

12/28/2010 8:03:33 AM

I have a french bulldo and in the last 2 weeks he has become very territorial with his things and different family members each day. He lunges and bites for attach. he has bit every family member in the house. I have tried everything from extra walks to extra baths. He is not nutered and I am at the point of putting him down. We are scard of him. We tried not to show it but, we are past that. Can you give advise on this now. Please

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bob   long island, NY

4/1/2010 1:58:10 PM

This is the best website I have found for information to help me with my puppy. This article took the worry if was feeling, right away. Thank so much.

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