Thank you for trusting Anicira with the care of your pet.  Although this is a common procedure, please remember that your pet has gone through surgery and needs appropriate care to properly recover.

Your pet had major surgery with general anesthesia, which means he/she was unconscious during the operation.  Unless you are told otherwise, your pet does not have external sutures.  All sutures are internal and absorbable. The very outer layer of skin is held together with surgical glue. In male cats, the testicles are removed through skin incisions over the scrotum.  No sutures or glue are used on these incisions and healing occurs quite quickly.  All patients receive a small green tattoo near the incision line that identifies your pet as being spayed.

Your pet may be groggy and will typically require 24 hours to recover from the general anesthesia. Please provide a confined, secure, quiet place for recovery.  We recommend you keep your pet confined in a crate or small room the night after surgery. Do not allow children or other pets to attempt to play with or disturb your pet. 

Please offer a small amount of food and water after returning home. However, anesthesia can cause nausea, so your pet may not want to eat when they get home after surgery which is okay. If vomiting occurs, wait until the next day to give more food. Resume normal feeding the day after surgery. If your pet refuses to eat, you may try offering a bland diet such as white rice and boiled chicken breast while she regains a normal appetite. Please do not give junk food, table scraps or milk. Your pet’s appetite should return to normal within 24 hours.

Your pet was given injections for pain while in the hospital and may be sent home with oral pain medication. Please follow the instructions on the label. Giving pain medication with food is preferred, but please make sure she gets her medication regardless of her appetite. Please do not give human pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol since these medications are toxic to pets.

Your pet’s surgical site will be healing for 10-14 days. What you see on the day of surgery is what we consider normal. Please check incision site once daily for one week. Monitor for excessive redness, swelling, discharge, blood or if incision site is open. As the incision site heals, there may be a firm lump under the skin as the absorbable sutures break down. Do not clean or apply any topical ointment to the incision site. Licking or biting the incision could cause infection. To keep your dog from licking the incision we recommend an E-collar (cone) be worn during the recovery period and this will be provided.  If your cat is licking or chewing at the incision site we recommend using a taste deterrent spray such as “Bitter Apple” which can be purchased at Anicira or most pet stores.

It is very important that you limit your pet's activity during the next 10 days. Pets should be kept indoors where they can stay clean, dry, and warm. No running, jumping, playing, swimming, or other strenuous activity. Do not bathe your pet or have it groomed during the recovery period. When outdoors, dogs should be on a leash and taken for short walks only. Keep your pet away from all potential hazards (including stairs).

Although reproductive organs were removed, hormones are still present in the body for at least a month. Females must be supervised around males at all times for 21 days to prevent mating. If a male tries to mate with her, serious bleeding and trauma to the reproductive tract may occur, and this could lead to death. Please contact us immediately if mating happens. If your pet was in heat (estrus), it is normal to have a small amount of blood-tinged discharge from the vulva for a few days.

Please contact Anicira, your primary care veterinarian or an emergency clinic if any of the following occur:

• Pale gums                                 
• Discharge or bleeding from the incision
• Severe pain, depression or weakness            
• Vomiting or Diarrhea
• Discharge or bleeding from the incision           
• Labored breathing
• Decreased appetite for more than 24 hours       
• Lethargy lasting more than 24 hours

If there are any questions or concerns related to surgery, please do not hesitate to contact us at 571-208-0199.  We will see your pet at no charge for any complications resulting directly from surgery.   

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