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Proper Spay & Neuter Post-Operative Care

Spay & Neuter Post Care

With approximately 6.5 million animals entering U.S. animal shelters each year, we have an obligation as pet owners to get our pets spayed and neutered. The staff at Valley Animal Hospital in Clifton is here to ensure your pet is well cared-for both during and after the procedure. Follow these aftercare instructions to keep your furry friend healthy and comfortable.

Limit Activity

While this procedure is very common, it is important to remember that your pet had a major surgery. For the next 10 days, he or she should be kept quiet. This means no playing, jumping, running, or swimming, and all walks should be done with a leash. Dogs should be kept crated and cats should be kept in a safe, quiet space.

Keep Incision Dry

Your pet’s incision should be kept clean and dry. Avoid baths during the recovery period, and keep a close eye on your pet to ensure that he or she is not licking or chewing on the incision. If you notice your furry friend messing with the incision site, use the Elizabethan collar provided by our veterinarian.

Keep an Eye on the Incision

The incision site should be checked twice daily. There should be minimal swelling and redness. If you notice any odor, discharge, or drainage, consult with our veterinary clinic immediately.

Maintain Normal Diet

Within 24 hours, your pet’s appetite and energy should return to normal. Diarrhea, vomiting, or lethargy 24 hours after the procedure are signs of a complication and should be reported to our veterinarian. Do not change your pet’s diet until he or she has fully recovered, as this can mask any postoperative complications.

Schedule a Post-Op Veterinary Visit within 7 to 10 Days

A follow-up exam with our veterinarian is highly recommended. This is an opportunity for us to ensure everything is healing properly, and to discuss any additional veterinary needs.

Contact Our Animal Hospital in Clifton Today!

From spay and neuter procedures to preventative care, Valley Animal Hospital in Clifton offers a full suite of services. Call (973) 509-5225 or visit us online to set up an appointment today.


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