Veterinary Surgery

Follow these post-operation desexing tips can help your pet have a quick and healthy recovery

The decision to desex your pet is critical for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s an important part of pet ownership. Secondly, it is the only way to prevent unwanted litters. Thirdly, it ensures they will be free from cancers and illnesses that target reproductive systems. Lastly, it helps regulate behavioural problems. All in all, it’s one of the best decisions you can make for your furry friend.

However, once the procedure is completed, you may be wondering how to care for a pet that has just undergone an extensive medical surgery. We’ve outlined the ways in which you can care for them to ensure their recovery period is a time of rest and healing.

General considerations

Your pet won’t need to be confined to a pen following the procedure – they just need to have a space where they can rest comfortably. You will also need to ensure there is a bowl of fresh water within easy reach.

What is actually most important during this initial resting period – until their stiches are removed – is the make sure they don’t lick at their wound or perform any strenuous activity. This should be carefully controlled for at least 10 days following the surgery, or as recommended by your vet.

Licking is the leading case of infection post-operation and investing in a head collar is the best way to ensure you aren’t spending any unnecessary time at the vet. Though your pet may hate it at the time, you are doing them a favour. It definitely beats infection and any further risk to their health.


Your pet may not want to eat as soon as they return home from the vet, but their appetite should return by the next morning. If they still aren’t interested in their normal food, give them a blandly cooked chicken breast with some white rice – don’t use any salt and be sure not to give them any fatty foods.

If their appetite still hasn’t returned by the second day, please come back to see the vet.

Their behaviour and the wound

Your pet’s behaviour will be one of the first indicators that they’re not healing. Look out for signs of lethargy, pale gums or difficulty with getting up, especially at night. If your pet does move around, but hunches over or presents with other abdominal discomfort, this is cause for concern.

In terms of the wound, you should keep an eye on it for any sudden swelling, discharge or pus coming from the wound. Also, if your pet shows pain if you touch the wound after three days, it’s normally a sign that something is amiss.

If you see any of these signs, it’s normally a good idea to contact your vet sooner rather than later.

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