Castrate Dog Post Operative Care

Diet

After a general anaesthetic, your dog should be given a light diet as recommended by the veterinary nurse.  Small amounts of water should be offered.  Should your dog vomit then withhold food for 12 hours and offer water little and often.  If vomiting continues after that please ring for advice. Evidence of a general anaesthetic is a shave mark, usually on the right foreleg.

Stitches

The stitches (sutures) used are dissolvable and do not require removal. Please monitor the wound for any excessive redness, swelling or discharge. Please contact us for advice if you have any concerns.

Exercise

Due to the position of the wound we recommend that exercise is restricted – literally no walks – just outside to urinate and defecate as necessary for at least 10 days or until the stitches have been removed.  Should any swelling occur around the wound please ring the surgery for advice.

Buster Collar

If your pet is sent home with a buster collar we recommend wearing this at all times until the wound has healed. Please bear in mind that no buster collar can provide 100% protection and will need careful monitoring to ensure it does not become loose, damaged or undone. If your pet is sent home with a medical pet-shirt this must be rolled forward to allow your pet to urinate/defecate. Please note these pet shirts can also be placed in a washing machine at 40oC.

Most routine operation patients recover uneventfully so there will be no further charge after the initial payment.  However, due to the unpredictability of living tissue, coupled with the animal’s natural instinct to clean its wounds and occasionally take out its own stitches, further work may become necessary for which there will be a charge.

Ongoing Care

Neutering might make animals more prone to gaining weight as it may slow down their metabolism, meaning they do not require so much energy on a daily basis. We would recommend that you reduce food intake by about 10%, on a long term basis, to avoid future obesity problems. We advise regular weighing of your pet to ensure they remain within a healthy weight range. You are welcome to pop into any of our surgeries to weigh your pet. If you have any concerns over your pets weight, please feel free to speak to one of our nurses for advice.

Please be aware that your dog may remain fertile for up to six weeks after castration.