Neutering is something most rescues insist on, this is because there are many dogs needing homes and therefore, we do not condone breeding. All dogs should be neutered as soon as soon as possible. Neutering is a very common and safe procedure and your dog will be back to normal after a few days. Neutering also reduces the risk of some cancers in dogs.

After most routine operations like neutering, your dog will be discharged on the same day unless you are advised otherwise by the vet. Your vet will provide you with an aftercare sheet and instructions regarding any medications that need to be administered whilst they are recovering. You should read this sheet carefully and contact your vet immediately if you have any concerns.

Aftercare Notes

Some dogs are groggy from the general anaesthesia when they arrive home and it is normal for them to be a little out of sorts for 18-48 hours, although some dogs come back as if nothing has changed. They may sleep more than usual during this time.

To help keep them calm, make sure your dog has somewhere quiet and safe (we strongly recommend a crate) to rest while they recover at home, avoiding stairs and too much physical activity. Where possible, separate them from other dogs and children in the home.

Feeding

If your vet has given specific information regarding this, if so, follow these instructions, if not, we would advise ensuring no changes to the diet unless it is to a bland diet of food like chicken and rice or chappie, feeding little and often for the first 24hrs – stopping feeding and calling your vet if vomiting occurs. Ensure your dog has plenty of freshwater close by.

Eddie, fostered December 2019

Wound care

What you see on the day of surgery is what is considered normal. There should be no leakage. A very small amount of redness/swelling at incision may occur. If your dog allows, you can check the incision site. If you notice excessive redness, swelling, discharge or blood call your vet.

Licking or biting the incision could cause the wound to open and become infected. To prevent this you should get a cone, a ring or surgical vest.

IMPORTANT: Do not allow your dog to lick and bite at their wound

Healing

In normal circumstances, the healing process takes 7-10 days. You should follow your vet’s advice regarding physical activity, reducing it as much as possible for as long as advised. Any strenuous activity could disrupt the healing process, so it is a good idea to stop any off lead walks and keep walks short and controlled.

TIPS: Do not bathe your dog or have them groomed during the recovery period.

Complications

Neutering is a very safe, routine operation; however, complications can sometimes occur.

Keep your vet’s aftercare instructions somewhere safe until your dog has fully recovered so you can refer to these if needed. In most cases, complications can be characterised by a combination of: pale gums, depression, vomiting, diarrhoea, discharge or bleeding from the incision, difficulty urinating, decreased or no appetite, lethargy lasting more than 24 hours.

IMPORTANT: Trust your instincts, if you feel something is wrong, contact your vet as soon as possible.