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Your dog has had a surgical procedure, a dog neutering operation, under a general anaesthetic. We expect him to make a rapid recovery to normal behaviour within a day or two. To help you care for him and understand what has been done we have prepared some notes for you.

What has been done, what will I see?

We will clip a small area of fur from the front leg in order to inject the anaesthetic. If he was put on a drip, this area will be larger. We will cover this with a tape bandage which you can remove after an hour or two at home. You may see some bruising but this will fade quickly and the fur will grow back over 1-2 months.

We give your dog some sedative and painkiller before the operation. He may still be a bit sleepy from this, but should be able to walk. You can expect this to wear off over the next 24hrs.

During the anaesthetic we place a rubber tube in his windpipe to protect his airway and help his breathing. Sometimes this means your dog will cough a little in the next few days but it should soon stop.

We will clip some fur off in the groin area and clean the skin. He will have a few stitches (usually 2-4) in the skin in front of the scrotum. The skin in this area is very sensitive and may be slightly red or have a small bruise. This should settle in a few days.

What shall I do?

On the first evening do not be worried if he is a little quiet or sleepy. Allow him to rest comfortably. He should be much brighter by the next morning.

Offer him some food and water in the evening. Do not worry if he does not want it or eats less than normal. His appetite should improve by the next day.

Restrict his exercise for the next 10 days while the stitches heal. He can go out for a walk, but should stay on the lead.

Check the wound daily. Look for signs of redness, swelling, bleeding or any discharge. It should not be painful.

Is my pet in pain?

Every animal and every procedure is different. Animals have an instinct in the wild to hide any signs of pain and injury. This means it is difficult to tell just by looking if an animal is in pain. If we would expect a procedure to cause pain then it is best to assume the animal will be at risk of feeling pain. We should then dispense a course of painkillers. It is best to complete this course even if the animal appears normal. More about pain relief here

What to watch out for?

Do not allow him to lick the wound excessively or continually as he may remove the sutures or damage the surrounding skin. If he keeps licking we can get a collar to prevent this.

If the wound is red or swollen or you see some discharge or bleeding (after the first day) then contact us for advice.

If he vomits repeatedly, becomes excessively dull or lethargic, or appears to be becoming ill in the next few days, contact us immediately.

The scrotum should not swell. It should look like an empty bag of skin. If it fills up and is as large as before the operation, contact us.

Free Stitch removal and post op check

Stitches are normally removed 10 days after the operation. Please contact the clinic in order to make an appointment for this to be done. We will also give him a post op check to make sure all has healed well. This is done free of charge, however please remember that if you raise other matters at this time our normal consultation fees will apply!

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