Woodland Veterinary Centre
Care of your spayed Bitch
The following instructions are to ensure that your animal has a safe and speedy recovery.
Your bitch has had her uterus and ovaries removed. This procedure is routine but is a major abdominal operation, which requires you to monitor her recovery over the next 48 hours. Once home, give her the opportunity to go to the toilet and then let her settle in a warm quiet room for the rest of the evening to give her time to fully recover from the anaesthetic. Any missing fur on her leg is where the anaesthetic drug has been given. Your pet may also have a slight cough, which is from having an endotracheal tube placed during the operation, which is normal and will resolve over the next few days.
A bowl of water should be left down and a small amount of food offered once she is settled. Rather than her normal food offer her a light meal such as chicken, fish or Hills i/d. If she does not eat within 12 hours of arriving home, then contact the Vet.
Check the incision wound daily to ensure the stitches are still in place. Occasional licking of the wound is quite normal but excessive licking of the wound should be prevented as this may cause the area to become red and sore. You may find the clipped area around the wound looks wet, which is where the sterile surgical preparation was used prior to the operation.
You will be provided with an Elizabethan collar to use if you feel it necessary.
Please treat her gently especially when lifting her. There should be no jumping in or out of cars, onto beds, sofa's etc. Only gentle lead exercise should be given until she has her stitches removed. It is difficult to keep them quiet and rested but please try – especially for the first week.
We would like to see her again in 10 days to remove the stitches.
It is worth remembering that spayed bitches are prone to weight gain as she will no longer be having seasons and therefore using less energy. If you notice her putting on weight you can easily and successfully control this by simply reducing the amount of food given.
PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS AND WE WILL BE HAPPY TO DISCUSS THEM WITH YOU
A 24 hour emergency service is available on 01730 814321