Spay Aftercare Information

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Spaying helps prevent animal overpopulation, reduces the risk of certain types of cancer, and eases the discomfort your pet experiences during heat periods. The care she receives after surgery is vital to ensuring proper recovery.

What to Expect

Your dog or cat will probably be groggy for several hours after the surgery. The area where the incision was made may be inflamed, possibly seeping clear fluid for the first 24 hours. These are normal conditions.

Warning Signs

Bleeding, lethargy, weakness, and a lack of interest in food 48 hours after the surgery are signs that something may be wrong. Contact your vet if any of these symptoms occur.

Feeding and Medication

Once your pet has fully awakened, usually several hours after coming home, she may have crushed ice or a little bit of water. Cats and dogs should not be fed or take their usual medications till the following morning, unless your vet says otherwise.


Ensure that your dog or cat does not become involved in any activity until stitches are removed, including getting on or off of furniture, climbing stairs, and especially mounting by males. Any attempts at mating may cause serious harm. Of course, be sure to bring your pet's leash when picking her up after surgery, and keep her indoors until the anaesthesia wears off.


Stitches are water-soluble and may come out easily, so your pet should not be allowed to lick them for the first week. No bathing or swimming should be allowed either.

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