Understanding how each neutering procedure is carried out will give you a better idea of what to expect during the recovery period following surgery.
The procedure is relatively simple for male dogs or cats. Removal of the testicles, also referred to as castration, is necessary to prevent reproduction. Under anaesthetic, an incision is made into the scrotum, the testicles are removed and the vessels are sutured. The scrotum is then stitched/glued closed, and the patient will usually receive an antibiotic injection to help prevent infection.
Recovery time is fairly quick with most males acting like their old selves within 48 hours, although the site may remain tender a bit longer. Dissolving sutures and surgical glue are normally used for this procedure, so a follow up visit usually isn't necessary unless there are signs of infection or rupture.
Post Surgical Signs of Infection
Once you take your pet home, it's crucial to follow your veterinarian's care instructions to the letter. Even under the best of circumstances, dog or cat neutering and spaying can lead to post surgical infections, so be sure to inspect the incision twice daily during the healing period to be certain it remains clean and uninfected.
Warning signs to watch for include:
- Redness, irritation, and/or swelling at the incision
- An excessively hot feeling around the scar
- Bleeding or foul discharge at the incision
- A temperature greater than 102 degrees Fahrenheit
- Listless behavior more than 24 hours after surgery
- Pet refuses food and water
- Pet has difficulty relieving itself
If your pet displays any of these signs, please contact us immediately.