February is Beat The Heat Month! We know, overheating isn’t much of a concern around here at this time of year. But we’re not talking about temperature heat. We’re talking about heat as pertains to reproductive cycles in pets. As you may know, the best way to avoid problems here is to have your pet spayed or neutered. This will also prevent unwanted litters, as well as many health and behavior issues. Spay/Neuter surgery is very safe and routine, but your furry pal will need some extra TLC while recuperating. A Bourne, MA vet offers some advice on this below.
Your pet will probably be pretty groggy when they get home, and will just want to sleep. Make sure they have a clean, comfy bed ready and waiting for them. (Note: this is a great time to get a new bed!) If you have other pets, keep them separated for a while.
Complications are rare, but they aren’t unheard of. Keep a close eye on your pet, and check the surgical site at least once a day. Some warning signs include fever, lethargy, swelling, pus, redness, pale or discolored gums, torn stitches, and foul odors. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.
Boys typically recover more quickly than girls, as the spay surgery is more involved than neutering. Try to keep your pet quiet and calm as they recuperate. Don’t encourage vigorous play or exercise until the site has healed and your vet gives you the thumbs-up. There will be plenty of time for that later!
As you may know, many pets are given Elizabethan collars (also known as the Cone of Shame) to keep them from fussing at their stitches. Your pet will not be happy about this. Actually, they’ll probably glare at you as though you’ve done something horrible. Don’t fall for it! This is one area where it’s best to err on the side of caution, even if it means withstanding some dirty looks.
Some pets do get so agitated by their collars that they try to escape, and can potentially injure themselves. Call your vet if you think your pet is getting too worked up. (Note: inflatable collars may be more comfortable, provided your vet doesn’t object.)
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