How to take care of your dog or cat after being sterilized

Sterilization it is one of the most common surgical procedures for our pets. An operation that avoids, in the case of females, jealousy, preventing certain pathologies that the animal may suffer (from a urinary infection to breast tumors), as well as avoid unwanted pregnancies.

This operation is not more complicated or serious, but it does require, a posteriori, a series of care so that recovery of your pet is satisfactory.

How to act if your pet is a cat

After the intervention, normally your cat can stay a couple of hours or even spend the night in the veterinary center to observe her in case any complications arise or while the after effect of the anesthesia lasts. Back home, she may still be a little dazed by sedation and with his hind limbs asleep for the same effect. The best thing for that first night is for your cat to sleep in a comfortable and comfortable space and on gauze pads or a clean surface in case there is any urine leakage. And that you do not lack fresh water.

What you have to avoid those first days is that the cat the wound can be licked or infected. For this reason, the so-called Elizabethan collar is often used to prevent it from approaching. However, this object is not very accepted by your cat as it can generate anxiety.

In addition, the vet will recommend that each day clean the wound well so there is no infection of any kind around the stitches and everything heals normally. Today, absorbable stitches are used that do not need to be removed.

Another important care after sterilizing a cat, not only those first days, but for the rest of her life is to pay attention to her food since one of the effects that sterilization brings is weight gain. The ideal in these cases is to buy a suitable feed that is nutritious and balanced and does not provide more calories than necessary.

Female dog

Caring for a spayed dog

In the case that our pet is a bitch, the care is very similar to that of a cat, with the occasional exception in the case of the female canine:

  • Avoid licking the wound, as saliva contains bacteria that could infect the area.
  • During the first days it is important that the dog remains calm and at rest and does not run or jump, since You could miss points.
  • Clean the wound a couple of times a day to help it heal properly.
  • Give him fresh water, but keep a fast for the first 24 hours after the operation. He may vomit if you give him something to eat as a result of the mixture of medication and anesthesia.