Before and After Spayed or Neutered


You want to get your furry friend spayed or neutered. Yet, do you know what things you should do before and after the procedure to ensure your pet's safety and comfort? Liberty Vet Pets - Veterinary Hospital & Home Visit Services in Philadelphia has compiled a list of what you should do before and after your pet is spayed or neutered.

What to Do Beforehand

First, it's good to speak with your veterinarian about the procedure. As with any medical procedure, discussing spaying or neutering your pet is essential. They will answer any questions or concerns you have.

After this stage is complete, prepare your home for the return of your pet. First, you'll need to create a safe and comfortable space for your pet to recover. This step means keeping them away from stairs and preventing them from jumping on or off furniture. You may also want to place a sheet or towel on furniture to protect it from accidents.

Your veterinarian will give your pet a physical exam and may order some tests, like a blood panel, before scheduling the surgery.

You'll need to drop your pet off at the animal hospital or clinic on the day of the procedure. Our animal hospital will require this early morning, so they can do a pre-surgical exam and get your pet ready for surgery. Depending on the type of pet surgery, you'll pick your pet up later that day, typically in the afternoon or evening.

After the Procedure

When you pick up your pet from the animal hospital, our veterinarian will give instructions on how to care for your pet at home. Be sure to follow these instructions carefully.

Your pet will likely be groggy and sore after the surgery, so it's essential to keep them calm and quiet. In addition, your pet may not want to eat or drink but must avoid dehydration.

Monitor Your Pet for Signs of Infection

It's normal for your pet to have slight swelling and discharge from the incision site. However, you should contact your veterinarian if the swelling worsens or there is a lot of discharge.

You should also check for any signs of infection, such as redness, increased swelling, or pus. If you notice any of these signs, contact our veterinarian.

Give Your Pet Time to Heal

It will take some time for your pet to recover from the surgery. Your fluffy friend may not be their usual selves for a few days or weeks. So be patient and give them time to heal.

Don't hesitate to contact your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns. They'll be happy to answer any of your questions and help you through this process.

Avoid Over-Exerting Your Pet

Your pet will need some time to recover from the surgery and regain strength. Avoid over-exertion during this time.

Don't let them run, jump, or play too roughly. Instead, stick to walks for exercise and avoid stairs if possible. If your pet seems tired or sore, give them a break.

Contact Us for Comprehensive Pet Surgery Services Today

Spaying or neutering your pet is a big decision, but it has many benefits. It's essential to be prepared for the surgery and follow instructions. Your pet will return to its old self in no time. Contact Liberty Vet Pets - Veterinary Hospital & Home Visit Services in Philadelphia today to schedule an appointment. Reach our clinic at (888) 458-8587 to schedule your first appointment.

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