After surgery recovery
You will need a little more patience before collecting your furry family member after the vet contacts you to update you on the surgery. The anesthetic drugs still need to start and wear off and the vet will give your pet an examination before you can take them home.
At home make sure there is fresh food and water, but in small quantities, there are still drugs in their system and it can make them nauseous and lethargic. If these symptoms continue for a prolonged time, contact the vet straight away.
You should keep your dog or cat in an appropriately sized crate for the first 7 days to restrict their movement if possible. The sutures from the surgery need time to help the incision site heal. Limit their movement as much as possible, but of course, they need to relieve themselves and get some air.
No matter how good the surgeon or how clean the surgery, there is always a risk of infection, which can come from anywhere. You have to monitor the incision site, inspect it daily. Any signs of redness, oozing, bleeding, missing sutures, inflammation or heat has to be reported immediately.
Schedule the follow up appointment before you leave the surgery. Your vet exams your pet, and removes sutures if they are not self-dissolving, at a follow-up appointment.
There is no hard and fast rule and when you get a puppy or kitten you should get advice from your vet on their first visit, but it is best to desex them before they reach puberty.
Veterinarians spay female cats as young as 4 months but the average age is 5 to 6 months, and male cats from 5/12 months.
As with cats, the average age to desex your male or female pup is 5 to 6 months.
Younger animals tend to recover quickly from the surgery than older pets. If you do adopt an intact animal make sure to contact your vet as quickly as you can to make arrangements to remedy this.