Spay Bitch Post Operative Care

Diet

Your pet has had a general anaesthetic so should be given a light diet as recommended by the veterinary nurse. Small amounts of water should be offered. Should your pet vomit then withhold food for 12 hours and offer water little and often. If vomiting continues after that please ring for advice.

Stitches

Evidence of a general anaesthetic is a shave mark, usually on the right foreleg. The stitches (sutures) 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. 

Restricted Exercise

It is most important that when an abdominal operation has been performed that your pet must not be allowed to run, jump, stretch or become excited until the wound has healed. We recommend restricted exercise - literally no walks - just outside, on a lead, to urinate and defecate as necessary for at least 10 days or until the stitches are removed.

Buster Collar

If your pet is sent home with a buster collar or medi-shirt 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 is a charge.