My spay surgery is tomorrow and mom has been researching up a storm as to what to expect after my surgery. Quite frankly, I think she’s getting a little nervous and perhaps over thinking the matter of how to care for me during the recuperation period. She says if it’s anything like my broken paw recuperation, it’s going to be a “wild ride“. I’m not familiar with that term, but it sure sounds like fun. Since I tip the scales at a hefty 52 lbs, it may be a little difficult for mom to pick me up, so she may have to call in reinforcements. Mom said she wishes I could have had my surgery when I was younger, but I had a broken paw, and she didn’t want to put me through any more discomfort.
It appears that post-op recuperation will be about two weeks, longer than mom remembers my feline sister’s recuperation after her surgery 11 years ago. Since my activity will be limited, mom is going to buy me some new toys and chew sticks to occupy my time. I’m a little bummed that I won’t be able to run and play frisbee for a while, and I’ll also miss out on the July 4th festivities. Mom’s worried because she doesn’t know how I’m going to react to wearing a cone on my head. To be honest, I don’t think I’m going to like it. I sleep in my kennel at night and don’t know how a cone will fit. Mom said if I’m not comfortable in my kennel, she may bunk with me in the great room. I like slumber parties!
Here are a few tips from Pet Care @t Suite 101 for making me comfortable and promoting my recovery after surgery:
Recovery time is about 14 days in a female dog who’s just been spayed.
- Limit Activity and Take Short Walks. The abdominal muscles and incision will need time to heal, so short leash walks for bathroom breaks only are recommended for a dog that’s just been spayed. Therefore, the dog must be kept quiet with leash walks only for the two weeks following the surgery.
- Monitor the Incision. The incision for a female dog that’s just been spayed will be several inches in length. It’s a fairly large incision that must be closely monitored for any signs of infection. Symptoms of an infected wound include swelling, redness or discharge. The incision and underlying structures (i.e. blood vessels, muscles, etc.) will take 10 to 14 days to heal.
- Clean the Incision 2-3 Times a Day. For the first 2 to 3 days, dog owners may be advised to clean the incision several times a day using betadine, which can be applied (generously) using a sterile gauze pad to gently pat the dog’s surgical incision and surrounding area. This will disinfect the incision and surrounding skin. Allow the betadine to air dry. Note: This method should only be used on dogs with stitches (a.k.a. sutures) or a staple incision closure.
- Keep the “Cone” On! After a dog is spayed, she will be sent home with an Elizabethan collar, also known as an “e-collar,” “lampshade” or “cone.” This will prevent the dog from licking the incision or biting the incision or stitches, as often occurs late in the healing process when the healing skin starts to itch. The “lampshade” must be kept on until the dog’s stitches are removed about 14 days after the surgery.
“Mom will drop me off at the vet at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow and will be back to pick me up about 5:30. Wish me luck and say a little prayer. Woof for now!