Aftercare

While the spaying process is identical for cats and dogs, in general, these species tend to recover slightly differently.

Lesson Outcome
Learn more about the aftercare process when your pet is spayed.

A cat may hide or tuck themselves away and a dog may want more attention that usual. Most pets recover from their spay surgery very quickly and seem like their old selves within a few days.

After bringing her home, you'll want to provide your pet with a quiet area where she can rest. Some pets will be up for a snack within a few hours, some won't have much appetite for up to a full day; both are perfectly normal. If your cat or dog does seem hungry, start with a small portion, about half the size of a normal meal, and see how she handles it. Fresh, cold water should be easily within her reach; staying hydrated will help your pet recover from the anesthesia and avoid nausea when she's up and moving.

Prevent your pet from jumping as much as you can. Remember, she has deep tissue that is healing, which can take up to 3 or 4 weeks. Her incision area will need checked daily for the next week and you'll need to keep her from licking or biting the wound. During the first week, you'll want to avoid baths and any play groups. Until the incision closes, you may also want to swap out your cat's litter for shredded paper.

It may help to break up post spay surgery care into daily, and weekly tasks.

Course Overview

1
What AAHA Accreditation Means for Your Pet
We have the AAHA logo next to our name, do you know what it means?
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What AAHA Accreditation Means for Your Pet
We have the AAHA logo next to our name, do you know what it means?
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Our Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program
There are so many benefits of spaying and neutering your pets. Brook Farm Veterinary Center offers a low-cost program to help with the costs associated with this procedure.
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Our Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program
There are so many benefits of spaying and neutering your pets. Brook Farm Veterinary Center offers a low-cost program to help with the costs associated with this procedure.
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Getting Ready
Getting ready for your pet's spay or neuter may be scary, but our team of highly trained veterinarians perform this routine surgery using the best safety measures, in a warm, welcoming environment.
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Getting Ready
Getting ready for your pet's spay or neuter may be scary, but our team of highly trained veterinarians perform this routine surgery using the best safety measures, in a warm, welcoming environment.
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Food and Water Restrictions
After having their spay or neuter procedure it's important to know that your pet may have food and water restrictions. Talk to your Veterinarian.
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Food and Water Restrictions
After having their spay or neuter procedure it's important to know that your pet may have food and water restrictions. Talk to your Veterinarian.
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Comfort From Your Brook Farm Family
We are committed to caring for your pet as if they were our own.
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Comfort From Your Brook Farm Family
We are committed to caring for your pet as if they were our own.
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Spaying
Spaying, aka ovariohysterectomy, is a surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia. It involves removing female cat or dog’s uterus and both ovaries through an incision made in the abdomen.
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Spaying
Spaying, aka ovariohysterectomy, is a surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia. It involves removing female cat or dog’s uterus and both ovaries through an incision made in the abdomen.
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Aftercare
While the spaying process is identical for cats and dogs, in general, these species tend to recover slightly differently.
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Aftercare
While the spaying process is identical for cats and dogs, in general, these species tend to recover slightly differently.
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Aftercare (Part 2)
Female spay procedures require aftercare to keep the incision site clean and safe from infection.
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Aftercare (Part 2)
Female spay procedures require aftercare to keep the incision site clean and safe from infection.
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Neutering
Neutering, sometimes called castration, is the surgical removal of a male cat or dog’s testes.
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Neutering
Neutering, sometimes called castration, is the surgical removal of a male cat or dog’s testes.
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Aftercare
Neutering your cat or dog is a safe, simple procedure.
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Aftercare
Neutering your cat or dog is a safe, simple procedure.
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Aftercare (Part 2)
Checking your pet's incision is crucial to making sure they're healing after their spay or neuter.
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Aftercare (Part 2)
Checking your pet's incision is crucial to making sure they're healing after their spay or neuter.
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When To Call
We're always here for you if you have questions or are concerned that your pet may need to be rechecked by the doctor after their procedure.
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When To Call
We're always here for you if you have questions or are concerned that your pet may need to be rechecked by the doctor after their procedure.
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Final Thoughts
Together with your Brook Farm family, you are doing your part to prevent the cruel suffering of homeless and unwanted pets.
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Final Thoughts
Together with your Brook Farm family, you are doing your part to prevent the cruel suffering of homeless and unwanted pets.

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