As responsible pet owners, we all care about doing what’s best for the health and well-being of our animals. That means feeding them a nutritious diet, letting them exercise, and, of course, taking them to be spayed or neutered.
However, as important as neutering is, you can do further damage to your pet’s health when you don’t help them recover from the operation well. Fortunately, we have essential tips for helping your pet recover from neutering.
Introduce Food Slowly
Since pets are supposed to fast starting from midnight the night before the surgery, your first instinct may be to give your pet a hearty meal and some extra treats after you bring them home. But for the first meal, it’s a better idea to stick to a half-portion and plenty of water. Afterward, you can continue giving them their normal diet.
Don’t try to change their diet radically. You shouldn’t give your pet entirely different food, milk, or table scraps right after surgery. Otherwise, you may hinder their recovery. If you notice vomiting or loose stools, contact your vet.
Keep Activity Low
Pets, just like people, need to rest to recover fully. Try to avoid rigorous activity with your animal for at least a week or two to avoid reopening surgical wounds or aggravating inflammation. Here are some things to do:
- Take shorter walks.
- Keep your pet leashed when inside.
- Separate neutered animals from other animals.
- Consider carrying your pet up the stairs if they’re small.
Additionally, you’ll want to avoid giving your pet baths or getting them wet. If you expose your pet’s incision site to moisture, bacteria may get into the area, causing an infection.
Ultimately, the best way to help your pet recover from neuteringis to keep an eye on them. Be sure to check the incision twice a day for the following:
- Excessive bruising
If you notice any of these things, don’t panic and don’t attempt to give your pet any human medications. Simply contact your vet, and they’ll be able to advise you about the next steps.