Dog Neuter Surgery, From Start to Finish
What you need to know about this important procedure for dogs.
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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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