Did you know that February is Beat The Heat Month? We know, that sounds like it should be slated for July or August. However, it’s actually a reference to pets going into heat. This also happens to be Prevent A Litter Month! If your furry friend hasn’t been fixed, you’ll want to see to that ASAP. This is a very safe and routine procedure. However, your pet will need some extra TLC as they recover. A Sarasota, FL vet offers some advice on this below.
Your furry bff will need a comfy bed to rest in. Be sure to wash your four-legged friend’s bedding before you bring them home. Of course, this is also a great time to get a new bed.
Cone Of Shame
Pets tend to instinctively lick or chew their stitches. This can be quite dangerous. Your pet will probably need to wear an Elizabethan collar, otherwise known as the Cone of Shame or Lampshade. Inflatable collars are another option. Fido and Fluffy will make you feel bad for making them wear the device, but don’t let that sad, accusing look sway you. It’s for their own good!
Your pet will probably sleep a lot when they get home. Make sure they have a quiet, comfy place. If you have young children and/or other pets, you may want to put your furry patient in a separate room, so they won’t be disturbed. Use a baby gate, so your dog or cat doesn’t feel too isolated.
Complications with spay/neuter surgery are rare, but not unheard of. Keep a close eye on the surgical site, and watch for signs that something is off. Some red flags include swelling, discoloration, pus, bleeding, ripped stitches, fever, lethargy, vomiting, respiratory issues, and/or diarrhea. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these.
Your furry pal will be over the ‘hump’ of healing within a few days, and should be completely back to normal within two weeks. Don’t encourage Fido or Fluffy to run or play vigorously during that healing period, though. There will be plenty of time for that later! Just focus on offering lots of cuddles and TLC until your vet gives the all-clear.
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