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Neuter Procedure and Home Care
The Surgical Procedure
Your male pet has just undergone a major surgical procedure. Neutering involves removing the pet’s testicles from the scrotum. In dogs, Dr. Strickland will make an incision immediately cranial i.e. (toward the head) of the scrotum. The testicles are tied off and then removed. Buried, dissolvable sutures are then placed. Please check the surgical area daily for redness, drainage, oozing, or swelling. There is no need to return to the clinic for a follow-up visit unless you feel there is a complication. In cats, Dr. Strickland will make two tiny scrotal incisions
that do not require suture closure. Please check the scrotal area daily for redness, drainage, or oozing. Some swelling is natural with this procedure but please call us if you notice prolonged swelling. Your most important task for the wellness of your pet post-surgical is to greatly limit activity, and prevent self inflicted trauma to the surgical site caused by licking, biting, scratching, or pulling of the area. You will be provided with enough pain medication for your dog to maintain comfort and keep their mind off of the surgical site until your follow-up visit. All dogs will be fitted with a properly sized e-collar to restrict your pet’s ability to reach the surgical site with its mouth. We strongly encourage full compliance by having your pet wear the e-collar until its follow-up visit for suture removal. While the e-collar may seem like punishment, or an unnecessary precaution it is our best defense against accidental opening of the surgical site which will result in a repeat of Dr. Strickland’s surgical closure of the site under anesthesia at the owner’s expense.
Food For Thought
Many pet owners think that their pets will have a different personality after this procedure and therefore refrain from having the procedure. In reality your male pet will more than likely have improved behavior, and its prognosis for wellness throughout its adult life will increase dramatically. Studies have shown that neutering reduces typical male pet issues like aggression, urine marking both inside and outside the home, wandering from the home, dominance of other pets and young children, and even the risk of cancer. The only time an owner should avoid this procedure is if they plan on using the pet for breeding purposes. Even then, when the
pet is done with its breeding responsibilities neutering should be in its immediate future.
Signs To Watch For At Home
Again, your pet is recovering from a major surgical procedure and you should not expect it to be fully back to normal immediately. Therefore, you should not feed your pet until after 8:00 pm on the day of surgery. You should only feed 20% of their normal daily intake during this first feeding post-surgery. You should only put enough water in their bowl to provide roughly 15-20 licks/laps of water. You can resume normal feeding and watering the next day.
Your pet may NOT resume regular, normal bowel movements for 24-36 hours post-surgery. This is totally normal and NOT a cause for concern. Your pet has not only been fasting for 12-18 hours prior to surgery they have also been under anesthesia. We always walk your pet within two hours post-surgery both to instill some fresh
air in order to help dispel anesthesia, but also to encourage a return normal fecal and urine elimination.
One of our representatives will be happy to contact you via e-mail within 24 hours, or for urgent needs please call us at: (913) 888-3939