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How Do I Comfort My Dog After Neutering?

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Dr. Rick Coufal, DVM

Dr. Rick Coufal is the founder and lead veterinarian for Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic. Coufal graduated from State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in May of 2000.

There’s nothing pet owners hate more than seeing their furry friend in any kind of discomfort. We want to remove their pain and help them feel back to normal as soon as possible. Getting your dog spayed or neutered is an excellent idea, but the procedure can cause discomfort for a little bit afterward. Fortunately, there are ways to comfort your dog after neutering that will help them feel better in no time!

At Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic, we proudly offer top-tier spay and neuter services in Colorado Springs, and we promise your dog is in the best of hands. But what can you do to help your dog once they get home after having the procedure? 

Let’s discuss spaying and neutering, how this procedure benefits your dog, and how you can comfort your dog after neutering. 

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Should I Spay or Neuter My Dog?

Spaying and neutering is a routine procedure involving removing a dog or cat’s reproductive organs. Spaying refers to the surgery for a female pet, and neutering refers to the operation for a male pet.

Vets recommend spaying and neutering your pet because it helps:

These are just some reasons veterinary professionals encourage pet owners to get their dog or cat spayed or neutered.

How Long Will My Dog Be In Pain After Neutering?

If you’re concerned about your dog experiencing pain after surgery, you can rest easy knowing that your pup should show little discomfort by the next day. Within a week, your dog should be completely back to normal. In the meantime, there are various ways you can comfort them, and they’ll appreciate the extra attention!

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How to Comfort a Dog After Surgery

So, your dog just got neutered, and you just got home. They’re still coming off the anesthesia and seem out of it. You feel bad and want to help them feel better. What can you do to comfort your furry pal? Here are some easy ways:

Give Them Some Quiet Time

Now isn’t a good time to bring out the loud, squeaky toys and games. Ensure your dog has a quiet and cozy spot to rest and recover after surgery, preferably away from other animals or children in the house.

Prevent Excessive Exercise

As your dog wakes from the anesthesia, they may want to start running and jumping again. Try to limit activity as much as possible. Your dog’s incision is still healing, and you don’t want to risk any complications or further discomfort for them.

Reduce Risks of Infection

The best way to comfort your dog is to ensure they heal as fast as possible. Ask your vet about a cone for your dog to prevent them from licking the injection site. Unfortunately, licking increases the risk of infection and can prolong their discomfort.

Give Extra Love

Expressing love is the easiest and most fun way to comfort your dog after neutering. Shower them with extra pets, snuggles, and treats. Reassure your pet that you’re there for them and surround them with their favorite toys (preferably ones they like to cuddle rather than play with). You know your dog best, so spoil them with their favorite things.

Keep an Eye on Them

For your dog to return to their energetic, happy self, it’s vital to keep an eye on their surgical site and watch for any signs of infection. If your dog shows any of the following symptoms or their incision opens, call your vet as soon as possible:

  • Discharge
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Not eating
  • Lethargy

By keeping a watchful eye on your furry friend, you can prevent further discomfort for them.

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Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic Is Here to Help Your Dog After Neutering

Pet owners may wonder, “How do I comfort my dog after neutering?” To comfort your dog after surgery, allow plenty of rest in a comfortable spot, limit their activity in the days following the procedure, reduce infection risks, keep an eye on their incision, and give them extra love and cuddles. Before you know it, they’ll be back to normal!

At Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic, we offer top-of-the-line spaying and neutering services in Colorado Springs. Our goal is to give compassionate, honest, and comprehensive care with everything we do. We’re happy to answer any questions about spaying and neutering your pet and how to comfort your dog after neutering. Our knowledgeable, professional staff is here for you and your furry friend every step of the way. For more information, contact us today to schedule an appointment with our expert team.

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