Neuter Procedure & Aftercare

The Procedure: 

Neutering involves the removal of the testicles from the scrotum.

In dogs, an incision is made just cranial to the scrotum. Sutures are placed and will need to be removed in 7-10 days.

In cats, the incision is closed with absorbable stitches and therefore a suture-removal visit is not necessary.

Keeping your pet’s activity restricted and preventing self trauma from licking are key factors in ensuring a successful surgery. All pets will be given pain medication to ensure a comfortable recovery.

Considerations:

Some people think that their pets won’t be “the same” after becoming neutered. In actuality, your male dog or cat will likely be better behaved and will DEFINITELY be healthier. Neutering cuts down on male problematic behavior such as aggression, urine marking, wandering, trying to dominate other dogs, and also decreases the risks of cancer. Altered pets are cleaner, somewhat calmer, and most importantly, healthier!

Food & Water:

  • Feed 1/2 the normal diet after 8:00 pm, on the evening of the
    surgery
  • May resume normal diet by the next morning
  • Limit excessive water intake

Exercise & Activity:

  • Limit exercise & activity for 7 days following surgery
  • Confine to indoors except to go outside on a leash for eliminations for 7 days
  • Gradual return to normal activity

Signs to Monitor:

  • Loss of appetite for over 2 days
  • Refusal to drink water for 24 hours
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression

Eliminations:

Your pet may NOT have a normal bowel movement for 24-36 hours after surgery. This is normal and not cause for alarm. Remember that your pet has been fasting and has been under anesthesia.