How to Care for Dogs After Spaying Surgery

Updated on November 28, 2016
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Did you just get your dog spayed? Great job! Spaying (and neutering) is key to controlling the pet population.

Recovery from spaying surgery takes approximately 10 to 14 days. Many pet owners are unprepared for their dog's post-operative symptoms, and they're left wondering "Is this normal?"

Here, we'll discuss what's normal after spaying surgery in dogs. We'll cover:

  • which items you'll need to have on hand at home,
  • how to prepare a recovery room,
  • post-operative symptoms to expect,
  • how to care for the incision,
  • warning signs of complications to look out for,
  • additional tips for helping your dog heal as quickly as possible,

...and more. We'll also discuss how to care for your pet in the hours and days after the operation.

First, let's clarify: spaying is the process used to "fix" a female dog, while neutering is the process used to castrate and "fix" a male dog. Spaying is much more invasive since it entails cutting through the abdominal wall (whereas neutering recovery is much easier since they only cut through the skin of the testicles.)

What You'll Need

When your newly-spayed dog returns home from the veterinary clinic, you should have the following items on-hand:

  • E-collar (traditional "cone" or inflatable e-collar)
  • Dog bed
  • Food and water dishes
  • Puppy pads or plastic garbage bag and tape
  • Towel or blanket
  • A quiet room, away from children and other pets
  • Dog kennel
  • Phone number and address for the nearest 24-hour veterinary clinic

Inflatable E-Collars for Dogs

Looking for an alternative to the cone (also known as an Elizabethan collar or e-collar)? Consider an inflatable one. They are smaller and more convenient for both dog and owner. It's easier for the dog to access food and water bowls, and they'll have an easier time walking around. Traditional e-collars tend to get caught on doorways, walls, and woodwork.

You can purchase inflatable e-collars for dogs of all sizes. Once inflated, it looks like a doughnut with a slit that allows you to place it around the dog's neck. It secures with Velcro.

Preparing a Recovery Room

After surgery, dogs will require rest and lots of it! In addition, many get aggressive due to the pain and unusual physical sensations that can result from the anesthesia. Therefore, we'll need to isolate the dog from children and other pets.

Find a quiet room that can be closed off to other dogs, cats, and kids. It should be free of couches, beds, and stairs, as the dog may be unsteady and prone to falling. A fall can be extremely dangerous for a recently-spayed dog, as she may rip the stitches or trigger internal bleeding.

A bathroom typically works well, and a tile floor also allows for easy clean-up if the dog vomits (which is common after surgery).

Place the following items in the pet's recovery room:

  • Water bowl
  • Food bowl
  • Dog bed
  • Puppy pads

The dog bed should be covered with a puppy pad or placed inside a plastic bag (tape the plastic bag closed or pull the drawstrings closed, knot the strings and snip off the excess to prevent strangulation). Place a blanket or towel over the puppy pad or plastic.

The dog bed will need to be covered because dogs are very prone to vomiting after surgery due to the effects of the anesthesia. Also, many dogs will urinate in their sleep. Your pet will be sleeping very deeply due to the after-effects of anesthesia and she may experience sleep incontinence, particularly if she received IV fluids during the procedure. Place a few puppy pads near the bed as well.

Post-Operative Symptoms to Expect

Poor Balance

Immediately following surgery, dogs tend to exhibit poor balance. This is probably one of the first things you'll notice. It's an after-effect of anesthesia and it is completely normal, though not all dogs exhibit this problem.

Remember the following tips:

  • Walk behind the dog as she walks up stairs, so you can catch her if she falls.
  • Walk slowly.
  • Keep your dog leashed while outside.
  • Be prepared to help her into the car; don't let her jump into the car.
  • Keep her away from kids and other pets. They may bump into her, causing her to fall or react aggressively due to pain.
  • Don't allow her to jump onto the couch or bed. She may miss and the sudden movement can result in torn stitches.

It's best to avoid carrying a dog immediately after spaying surgery. The veterinary surgeon must cut through the dog's abdominal wall muscles during the procedure, making her entire torso very sensitive and tender. When you pick her up, you risk stretching her skin and abdominal muscles. This can cause pain and damage to the stitches, so avoid carrying your girl.

Go straight home after collecting her from the veterinary clinic following surgery. She will be tired and in pain.

Did You Know...

The vet will insert several layers of stitches at different depths. Some stitches dissolve; others need to be removed. If you're unsure whether your dog will need her stitches removed, call your vet clinic.


Anesthesia results in grogginess and long periods of sleeping, so you can expect that your dog will be tired. Notably, some dogs are more affected than others. A small percentage of dogs aren't groggy at all by the time the vet clinic is ready to send them home.

If your dog is sleepy, this is totally normal. They tend to be prone to very deep sleep, and as I mentioned above, this can result in a dog who pees in her sleep. Therefore, cover the dog's bed with a puppy pad or plastic. Check on her every few hours to ensure the bed is dry and take her outside to do her business frequently.

In the event that your dog is not sleepy following surgery, you'll have the unpleasant task of keeping her inactive and quiet. Crating may be required if your dog is attempting to jump and play.

In the days following the operation, your dog's energy level will return to normal. Her body may require a bit of extra sleep to help aid in the healing process, but she should not be groggy or lethargic. If your dog seems lethargic more than 36 hours after surgery, contact the veterinary clinic. This can be a sign of an infection.

Don't Forget the Puppy Pads!

Puppy pads will be useful, since you'll need to protect the dog's bed from accidents and vomit. In addition, your dog will receive IV fluids during the operation and this will cause an increased need to urinate. Dogs must be supervised when outdoors until the stitches are removed, so you'll need to cut off access to the doggy door. Put down a puppy pad instead.

Vomiting and Refusing to Eat and Drink

Is your dog vomiting following a spay operation? This is totally normal.

Anesthesia results in nausea, so some dogs will vomit. Others won't.

As a result of the nausea, some dogs won't eat after surgery. Some will also refuse to drink water. This too is completely normal; it's a result of the anesthesia after-effects and it can be a response to the pain as well.

To limit the chances of vomiting, wait until 8 or 9 o'clock at night before putting down food and water. Your dog may eat a small amount of food and water or she may refuse.

The nausea and the dog's refusal to eat and drink should disappear within 24 hours after surgery. If your dog is vomiting and still refusing to eat and drink 24 hours later, consult your veterinarian.

How Do I Care for My Dog's Incision?

Your dog will have an incision on her lower abdomen. It will be several inches in length and it will be secured with one of the following:

  • Stitches
  • Dissolving stitches
  • Wound glue
  • Staples

If the incision is closed with wound glue, you must use extreme caution to avoid getting it wet. Therefore, you should avoid bathing your dog and cleaning the wound unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian. You'll know it's closed with wound glue if you can't see any stitches or staples. Non-dissolving stitches and staples will be removed at the vet's office after 10 to 14 days.

To care for the incision:

  • Check the incision twice daily. It may be slightly red and there may be minor swelling in the day or two following surgery. A small amount of blood-tinged discharge is normal, particularly during the first few days.
  • Remove dried discharge with a warm, damp washcloth. Hold the washcloth against the incision for a few seconds, and then gently wipe away the discharge.
  • A small dab of antibiotic cream can be applied to the incision during the first couple of days post-spay. Clean the incision by applying Betadine to a cotton ball or cotton pad. Dab the Betadine onto dog's incision. This is only necessary after removing discharge or if your dog contaminates the wound by licking it, etc. (This is another reason why the dog's e-collar must stay on until healing is complete!)

Signs of an infected incision or another problem include:

  • A gap between the edges of the incision
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pus discharge
  • A large amount of discharge
  • An odor or discharge with a bad odor
  • Bleeding, especially after the first 36 hours post-surgery

The general rule is this: the incision should be improving with time. Take a daily photograph of the incision; compare the photos. This will enable you to monitor healing without relying on memory. If the redness, swelling, discharge, or general appearance of the wound is looking worse with time, this signals an infection! Get your dog to the veterinary clinic ASAP!

A Note on Your Dog's E-Collar or "Cone"

The e-collar or "cone" will prevent your dog from licking the wound and therefore prevent infection. After several days, as the skin starts to heal, the dog's incision will get itchy! In response to the itching, your dog may bite at the incision, stitches, or staples. If you remove the cone before the stitches or staples are removed, your dog may remove them prematurely! This is dangerous and costly to fix, so keep the cone on!

Additional Tips

  • DO look up the phone number and address for the nearest 24-hour emergency clinic.
  • DO let your dog sleep following surgery.
  • DO leash-walk your dog until her stitches are removed.
  • DO bring her to the vet if she is exhibiting pain, signs of infection, pale gums, or other problems.
  • DO crate your dog if she wants to run, jump, or play. She must remain inactive for 10 to 14 days.
  • DO expect minor panting and other signs of discomfort in the hours immediately following surgery.
  • DON'T give your dog aspirin. It will thin her blood, causing uncontrolled bleeding.
  • DON'T give your dog Tylenol or other pain medication! These are deadly to dogs!
  • DON'T let your dog run or jump until her stitches are removed.
  • DON'T let your dog lick the incision.
  • DON'T let her off-leash until she has healed (10 to 14 days). If she gets lost, it could be deadly!
  • DON'T be surprised if your dog exhibits aggression immediately after surgery. This is a normal reaction to pain.
  • DON'T remove the e-collar! It only takes a moment for your dog to remove her stitches prematurely. This can lead to a medical emergency!

Is My Dog in Pain?

Your dog will be in pain following spaying surgery. Spaying is more painful than neutering, since the surgeon must cut through the abdominal wall. Your vet will give your dog pain medications before she leaves the clinic, so that will help. If you think she is uncomfortable, contact your vet. NEVER give a dog pain medication at home! Many are toxic and aspirin will cause internal bleeding.

Warning Signs of Post-Op Complications to Look out For

Prior to your dog's spaying surgery, look up the name and phone number for the nearest 24-hour veterinary clinic. Know where it's located so you don't get lost if you need to rush her to the hospital. Always call ahead so the emergency vets can prepare for your dog's arrival.

Bring your dog to the veterinary clinic if you notice...

  • **Bleeding
  • **Pale gums
  • **Torn stitches, dislodged staples, or an open incision
  • **Excessive panting or vocalizing due to pain (especially beyond the first 12-24 hours post-surgery)
  • A gap between the edges of the incision
  • Foul-smelling discharge from the incision
  • Lots of incision discharge
  • Redness at the incision site
  • Swelling at the incision site
  • Refusal to eat or drink (24 hours after surgery and beyond)
  • Lethargy (24 hours after surgery and beyond)

The first few starred (**) points are signs of an emergency; rush your dog to the nearest emergency veterinary clinic if you observe any of these symptoms.

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      Milla 25 hours ago

      She got her surgery on April 17 and today April 18 she came back home, but she can poop or pee (she cries a lot). Is it normal ????

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      Jenna D. 4 weeks ago

      Thank you so much for the useful information! My 14 month old husky was spayed yesterday and she is still very groggy and dry heaving at times. I wasn't sure what was normal until I read this article. I'm keeping her as comfortable as possible with her bed and furry blankets. She won't eat or drink as of yet. It also hasn't been a full 24 hours yet. I took off work for a couple of days to care for her properly. She sits like a statue with the collar on head faces floor, so I haven't been putting it on her. She is just so sad looking and it breaks my heart that she is like this, but very grateful to have done the procedure. I work in the operating room for humans, so the post-op after care isn't my specialty, but I am a mom so I know some stuff. Your article is very accurate and I'm very grateful for you posting it for people to properly care for their furry family members!!!

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      Cathy 5 weeks ago

      I have a cavalier King spaniel she seems to have put on weight since then. Can anyone recommend a dog food with lower calories so that I can give her more. She has regular walks.

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      lexie 2 months ago

      My about 2 maybe a little over 2 year old lab mix that I have just got fixed today and has never really been a fan of wearing things like harnesses too long but she likes her anxiety vest and occasionally sweaters. I'm afraid with the cone she'll find a way to some how get it off. I just put it on her not too long for her to get used to it before she goes in the crate tonight. She hasn't messed with the incision at all since we've been home and she didn't have the cone on but, I'm afraid that at night when shes in the crate she'll get the cone off some how and possibly mess with the incision. When she would be in heat and we put diapers on her if we took our eye off her for a little bit or put her in the crate with a diaper at night every night till she was out of heat she always chewed the diapers up. I don't know if anyone gets on this site that much lately, but if you do could you give me any tips on how to keep the cone on or other ways to make sure she doesn't mess with the incision it would be appreciated!

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      Alofa 3 months ago

      Amanda: my pup is hyper also. Instead of a cone I wrapped a small towel around her neck and duct taped it. It made eating easier, she could sleep better, and it stopped her from licking her wound. I kept her short leash on her when not in a crate. She likes to jump up but I would step on the leash to keep her on the ground.

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      Amanda 4 months ago

      My 6 month old pup is getting spayed tomorrow morning and she is insanely hyper and jumps on everything so I’m nervous on how to keep her inactive for 2 weeks and how she’ll be with the cone

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      Ann 4 months ago

      My husband removed the collar on day 2 because dog won't eat and we can't get pain pills in. We can't get the collar back on. She has a glued incision and so far gas left the wound alone but she still gas had NOTHING but a few small drinks of water. Suggestions?

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      Trish 5 months ago

      My 12 year old was just spayed today. I am giving her Tramadol, but she let's out a cry when I move her. She never cries. I'm afraid to put the cone on, but I'm going to before I go to sleep. Poor baby is miserable. She hasn't peed, drank a bit of water, got lots of IV fluids during surgery, so I'm concerned. But, I'm going to let her rest and hopefully tomorrow is better. The pain med puts her right to sleep, so how is she going to eat or pee. I have wee wee pad, but she has a drunken walk with her back hunched because of the pain. Her incision looks dreadful, total bruising all over her belly. Poor poor baby.I'm giving her anitbiotic and pain meds with Nutrical. No vomiting thank goodness. She got spayed because of a prolonged heat, About the cone, I have it off now, a nurse tech told me tonight will be OK, but I'm afraid to keep it off. It's a softer cat cone, but it still is hard. She can't get comfortable. I feel so awul putting her through this, but next heat may end up in pyometra and that may be deadly. I' will call the resident tomorrow who helps the surgeon. I have no one to speak to and it's sad. Tomorrow I will try to feed her some fish, hopefully she'll be hungry. I'm overly exhausted since I spent 8 hours in the hospital waiting for her.

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      Gloria 5 months ago

      Any reviews about cone after surgery.

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      Phil 6 months ago

      If it is glued and the internal layers are dissolvable stitching then what does the licking do against the wound. All I keep reading is that they pull the stitches but the wound is glued.

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      Mindy 6 months ago

      im nervous about tomorrow

      my 7yr old bella is getting fixed first thing in the am, i didnt know how to prepar myself for this whole thing cause its my first time one of my pets is going through this & she means the world to me, but after reading all the Do & Don't i feel so much better, thanks for the info on this God Bless

      ps. will keep up in the next few days once bella is home

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      my 15month rough collie was neutered yesterday, he was tired but today is very much back to normal, i have removed his toys from the garden but still he keeps on looking for them, you would never know he had this done yesterday.

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      Debbie Woods 6 months ago

      My 8yr old shih tzu had surgery yesterday

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      Debbie Woods 6 months ago

      the vet that did her surgery ,did not talk to me and did or will not give her pain meds. i am very upset about this!

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      Cici 7 months ago

      Hey, I'm actually 11 and I'm caring for our small family dog Bella. She was lazy when we first got home (I have a 3 story house), but now she's unusually active. This is actually the day she has been spayed, and she is kind of active.. what does this mean?

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      Kris 7 months ago

      My vet did not give me any pain meds for my puppy after her spay, is that normal? She seems very uncomfortable.

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      heather 7 months ago

      the e collar is making my pup very aggressive and he keeps pulling it apart what should i do

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      Dale M. Baranoski 9 months ago

      Missing information on how long to wait before being concerned about female dog not urinating or defecating (address both) after spaying surgery.

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      Ruthie 9 months ago

      My baby girl is having her surgery right now, and I read bere that we shouldn't pick her up, My house has two stories and she's sleeps in my room upstairs, how should I get her to my room? And I don't have a crate, I have a playpen and a bag to carry her, what do you recommend me to have when I pick her up from the vet?

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      Louise 9 months ago

      It's been 11 day since she was fixed. Is it safe to bath her?

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      maria 10 months ago

      My baby was spayed yesterday. Thank you for the article!!!

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      Dana 10 months ago

      My puppy (7 months) was a LITTLE lethargic the first day, but now at day 4 after spaying she is like a little jackrabbit, I cannot keep her from playing and feel so bad trying to keep her in her crate! I know it is for her own good but she so wants to run and play with the other dogs in our household! I have successfully raised numerous dogs through my lifetime and restraining a 10 lb. dog for 14 days from running & jumping for 14 days - cruelty!

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      Rosa Campos 11 months ago

      My vet didn't give any meds to my 6month 68lbs dog

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      Tisha M Fanelli 11 months ago

      Dog was spayed 3 weeks ago Monday and now she has discharge coming out of her vagina is this normal

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      Barb M 13 months ago

      Thank you for this website..I had my dog spayed today 3/17/17 who is 6 1/2 yrs old. I know that she is old, but she is a Pekingese and basically a house dog. However, after an infection, and a few other issues it was a good solution for her. This site was a blessing for me tonight. I left my Vets office today with NO information on surgery aftercare. They basically told me she would be groggy, feed her at 7pm and give her a 1/2 pain pill twice a day and they would see me in 10 days to take out the stitches. If I had any problems feel free to call the office. (I have been going to them since she was born). With smiles from the girls in the office and a handshake from the Dr. I took my groggy 10 pound girl home. I have been crying for over 4 hrs. (Her surgery was at 9 am, it is now almost 1 in the morning). She has vomited, not moving around much, looks drugged, drooling, and won't eat or drink. I felt like I was about to lose my dog tonight. That was until I read your website. Thank you so very much for giving me peace of mind. I did have the wherewithal to put blankets and towels around and try to make her as comfortable as I could, but I was making the mistake of trying to force water and some food on her because they told me to feed her and was getting nervous because she wouldn't eat and I have been carrying her from place to place because I didn't know what to do for her because I was feeling so guilty that I did this to her. I can't thank you enough for the information and easing my mind, I have been making mistakes that could potential do damage in the long run. I will share this website with my family in the morning. I will sleep peacefully now knowing my girl Zoe is going to be fine..Thanks again! God Bless from Jersey

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      Anonymous 14 months ago

      Thank you! Great article.

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      Pedro Bruno 14 months ago

      Great information. Thanks!

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      Donna turner 15 months ago

      got my 11 month old boxer spaded and now she has a dime size knot beside theincision what could that be

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      Nikki 16 months ago

      My 4 month old pup was spayed a week ago and nothing abnormal has occurred. But i want to makE SURE she is healing correctly. I feel arounf the incision and there is a soft knot/ lump instead of smooth. Is this normal healing?

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      Rebecca 16 months ago

      I am so thankful for this article. My dog, Happy, will be going in for surgery this morning (dec 12th)around 8 a.m. She is not only going for spay but she also has a rather larger mammary gland tumor. They have already used the "C" word in regards to the mass. I got very little on pre-op instructions including when to cut off food and water and had to google that information as well. I figured they need to go NPO just like humans do prior to surgery and I found out I was correct about that. I am a bit worried and scared for her going in for this surgery. She is a 6yr old yellow lab. She is technically my ESA and I hate the idea of her being in danger. She had never been spayed and we actually thought about breeding her for canine companion puppies but then this mass appeared. She has had it for over a year but it was always small and not of much concern until about 4 months ago when it started to grow and balloon the skin rapidly. It is now the size of two golf balls held together. This article was very informative and gives me a good idea of what to expect from her when she gets home. I live in a high rise apartment building and believe it or not I have one of two apartments in the building that have stairs in them. I have two steps up into the apartment from the door. She really does not even go around then though unless she is telling us she needs to go outside. To take her outside it is only a matter of getting on the elevator and going across the street so there is not a lot of walking or stairs for her to deal with. I also walk her with a gentle leader because she would otherwise pull me and I have a bad knee. My other concern specific to her is that she is known to have seizures. The vet feels that they were due to hormones and since all her female hormones will be removed I am not so sure if that will get rid of the seizures or not. She had a very mild seizure just last week after she was attacked by another dog at the dog park. That told me that seizure was probably fear based. I am sort of afraid that fear and / or pain after surgery could trigger seizure activity. I most likely will ask the surgeon about this possibility and if there is anything I should do to help her through them if she does.

      Thank you very much for sharing this information. God bless you and your furbabies.

      Love and joy from, Rebecca, Ron and Happy the dog

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      Elizabeth 17 months ago

      Bella is 3 years old. Bella had pyometra aND was fixed. It's been 6 days and she still is laying around and doesn't want me to leave her side. I still have her on pain meds and antibiotics. Is this normal for recovery time. I think it's going to be about 6 more days for her to feel better. I hope this is normal

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      Felix 17 months ago

      It's been more than a year that we spayed our bitch after one litter. Lately milk oozes from her breasts (udder) and she keeps crying! Biting her nipples etc.

      Could this be Psychological?

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      april 17 months ago

      Had gracie spayed last Friday they said she had a large uterus she needed staples well she ripped some of them out . I took her back they glued her incision and she ripped and licked the glue off! I am now just watching her making sure she doesn't touch it. I put some sterile strips on her hopefully this works. They have her taking antibiotics. What we wouldn't do for our animals

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      dyde 17 months ago

      I have two large year old pups spayed and neutered at the same time. To keep them from licking each other I used the cones and surgical suits on both.

      Google: Suitical Recovery Suit or e-collar alternatives Surgi Snuggly That way they could not lick each others wounds or their own. May be an alternative to using the cone for ones that do not tolerate it well.

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      Rosie Partridge 19 months ago

      our little shih Tzu puppy has just been spayed. We had a blood test done first which picked up an abnormal enzyme in her kidney so they put her on a drip and checked her urine which was clear....thank god. She stayed at the vets overnight and had her op this morning. Will be collecting her this afternoon so will keep everyone posted on her progress.

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      Mona 19 months ago

      2 days ago I had my 2 puppies spayed. They are the best in the world after reading some of the comments. One's a little lethargic yet but her sister is fine.

      One thing I have noticed though is when there's a stab of pain they go ballistic. Scared me at first but only just found out that was normal. Your article and reviews were very informative.

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      SueG 19 months ago

      Thank You so much for writing this article. It was very informative and eased all my fears of what I thought was not normal... Thank You Thank You!!!!!

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      SkL 20 months ago

      My 6 month old border collie was just spayed and she would not wear a buster collar so I purchased a ballet leotard and cut a hole for her tail. She keeps this on and it prevents her licking day we are on day four and no issues at all. Her incision site looks great...just hard to keep a border collie quiet so I keep her on leash and with me at all times.

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      SK 20 months ago

      My dog is just a year old, I got her spayed this Saturday and since then she is been just vomiting. it's Tuesday today and she has not been eating anything.. the doc says it's acidity, but now I am really worried. She is been on saline and she is not eating anything. Is this normal? Do dogs have acidity post spaying?

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      zoey 20 months ago

      My dog was spayed on Tuesday early morning, Tuesday and Wednesday were hard for her and me, with it being Saturday she has done so well and really wants to be outside. Do you think it is to early. Was told to at least wait 7 days. She is so back to her self and the cut looks great... I want to wait the 7, but she want out... she is a boxer and more of an outdoor dog then indoor.

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      Fluffy 20 months ago

      Is it normal for them to breath fast after getting fixed?

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      lily keat 20 months ago

      my dog is getting spaded tomorrow i'm so worried hope she'll be ok when we left the adoption center so she could get spade her eyes looked so sad

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      amy 20 months ago

      i had my little 3 years old baby girl spayed yesterday after surgery I walked her home layed her down she was whistling through her nose and started whining I called the vet. she said shes probley in pain to put her in a dark room by her self away from my kids and her brother shes in pain and that a little dot of blood is normal im so worried its all most 24 hours and she wont eat or drink for me at 2:15am I forced her to drink a little bit of water in a dropper I offerd food too. and she wont take it so worried. pluse I had to carrie her home because she couldn't walk is she ok or did I hurt her by carring her home please someone reply soon thanks

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      Carol 21 months ago

      My dog never snored before the spaying she is in her 1st day after and she has been snoring I thought, Now I am wondering if she is having trouble bresathing and it is not snoring, It only happens when she sleeps. but she wakes up even if I just get up from my chair or bed. I try to be quiet but she wakes. Could she be snoring? Its 7:51 Pm, I picked her up at 3pm yesterday. I am just worried about the snoring, she is eating, walking wants to play but accepts me containing her. She moans when I pick her up, I notice, and I just read not to pick her up.

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      Mandi 21 months ago

      I am quite the momma duck with my Dog. I'm a worrier about everything, especially my pets. This article helped. I'm still ridiculously concerned that she won't drink or eat but she did only get her surgery today. I'm just extra worried because my vet had us fast her the night before. So she hasn't eaten anything since yesterday night.

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      LisaWestbrook 21 months ago

      IHad just had my dog spayed a week ago, she is a 2 and 1/2 year old Husky, I just got her a few months ago. She has been a Joy. She has done well with the surgery and recovery, my concern is that since that day, she acts like she is nesting, she gathers up toys and lays with them. she moves them to where ever she is, She has become very protective over the toys and stresses out when the other Husky plays with them. There have been no actual dog fights between but there has been some warnings, little growls and lunges. They have gotten along well since they have been together, When they are outside away from the toys, they are fine.Is this normal? will it Pass? or should I be concerned? Should I put all of there toys away for a while? I am not sure what to do, This is the first older dog that I have ever had spayed, I usually spay right away

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      Dellavern Gittens 22 months ago

      Hi my shepherd mix got spayed at 7 months she's a very active dog.

      i notice a swelling at the site but no discharge no fever so i'm hoping it will go down eventually' she never had a cone but bounced back the second day after surgery, eating as usual , drinking water , playing is just too much.

      she just can't keep quiet. but she's herself. get too excited when i'm around hope all works out well.

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      wendy 22 months ago

      hi .my bitch was spayed 3 weeks ago aged 10 months , its taken her all of the 3 weeks to totally recover from her op. she stopped eating/drinking and going toilet for nearly a week , so dont worry too much.

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      mrinalini 22 months ago

      my 6 month old puppy was spayed yesterday has not been eating or drinking since . Is groggy and sleepy and looks a little low . is it normal ? My parents have almost given up hope . Please im desperate to know if she will recover . How much time does it normally take ?

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      Evelyn 23 months ago

      Had my Abby spayed 2 days ago, she only tried licking it a couple times, we told her no, and she's been staying away from it. She's been sleeping most of the time. Still giving her the pain meds as it says for 3 days. She ate about 1.5 cups of dog food yesterday (she usually eats about 2-3 cups/day), and she hasn't eaten since. No vomiting, and no peeing in house. I'm worried that she's not eating... thoughts?

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      Natalie 2 years ago

      My French bulldog got spayed 2 days ago & she is leaking a dark urine but not much just concerned about this is it normal?

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      Amber 2 years ago

      My 2 yr old coon hound was spayed 3 days ago. She is having bloody diareah. Shes eating. Amd drinking water. Not quite herself but not too far off.

      Should i be concerned?

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      Skye 2 years ago

      Skye haveing her op on Tuesday I am worried as she active dog I have a big cage for her I no she going to hate the cone but I no sh he has to have it on she still chews every thing Whats worrying me we have to climb a lot of steps to get to the front Door will it harm her

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      Cynthia 2 years ago

      My dog, Lola, got spayed at the animal care and control shelter and shes an outside dog. We cant keep her in the house because we have kittens. This is her 3rd day after surgery and she seemed fine and playful early on in the day. Towards the afternoon, we went to the store and while we where gone the neighbors said they fed her BBQ ribs. Now she seems out of it, and has mucus running down her nose, and is a little teary-eyed... I hope she didnt hurt herself by eating too much food.... im worried.... foes anyone have any input??????

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      Babz 2 years ago

      Had my 6 month old puppy spayed today. This article was so helpful and well written. Now I know what to expect and what signs to watch for.


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      grassykeyis4me 3 years ago

      My 10 year old yorkie had surgery for removal of mamory tumors. She couldn't handle the collar. So i bought a baby onezie in preemie size. She didn't mind wearing it. It worked very well. She was unable to get at her stitches. Looks a little funny and you have to unsnap every time they need to go out for potty but at least she was comfortable.

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      Mia Carter 3 years ago from SW Florida

      @crystalrobbie: A bandaid won't work; she'll just pull it off.

      I'd get an inflatable e-collar instead (pictured further up the page). That's more comfortable and they work just as effectively as a lampshade. Best of luck! :-)

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      crystalrobbie 3 years ago

      Hi my dog us getting more and more distressed having the collar on which is hurting her. Can I put a bandaid over her stitches or do you have any other suggestions? Thanks

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      Yikes! I had no idea it takes so long for female dogs to recover from spaying. Nice, detailed explanation of what to expect.

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      trimomsarah 3 years ago

      Thank you!!!!

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      Laura Hofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Excellent and informative tips here! Our dog was very groggy after coming home from surgery. She thankfully didn't experience any nausea though.

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      Mia Carter 4 years ago from SW Florida

      @anonymous: It's likely this is due to the extra fluids that she was provided while at the veterinary clinic. It can take a day or two to get back to normal in this regard. :-)

      And yes, if she's taking part in activities that leave her thirsty, this could cause her to drink more and thus, pee more.

      Just be careful to avoid over-doing it with the activity post-surgery. She needs to be kept low-key to allow the incision to heal. :-)


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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My Silky/Yorkie is 6 mo. She urinated 9 times in 1 1/2 hours (3 in house) on the 2nd. day after the surgery. She had one active period where she wanted to resume fetching, digging, and she strained on the leash to greet someone. Could too much activity have encouraged the peeing?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very helpful.worried that she may have infection but have vets on tuesday

      ..only noticed today..good idea about taking pics

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This just answered everything! Thank You!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very good info. Addressed all the common problems.Very helpful, good page. Thanks!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you! I was so worried about the excessive (to me at least!) vomiting the day I brought Sunny home from her spaying surgery. Glad to know it's normal!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you, very useful and informative.... Had my little girl spayed yesterday and she has been so poorly today, tremors and panting, took her to the vet and he said this it was not abnormal.... Was still worried so found this site and it has put my mind at rest..... I just can't wait for the next ten days to be over so she can return to her normal happy self... Poor little Miss Mollie.... I was starting to regret getting her altered!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My six month girl has just been spayed six days ago, she hated the cone collar, and became very depressed. I took it off and put her in a baby grow with the arms cut out, and some elastic at back to go round each leg, she has been very happy with this and has left the wound alone, so long as the baby grow was on.

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      Kay 5 years ago

      Excellent page! Have to bless this page because spaying and neutering your pet is just so important!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very helpful,answered almost all my questions. Thanks for a very useful resource aiding my decision to spay my dog.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This was the best article I've read on the subject of spaying. I had my dog Angel, done yesterday. Luckily no accidents though when it came to the bathroom, ate a little bit last night and this morning appetite is back to normal. It was very informative on everything. The panting did worry me last night, but good to know it's normal. It's been saved to my bookmarks as a point of reference should I need to! Thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      after the first day of sapying, i brought her home with the e collar, and she reacted as advised in this article: strange reactions to eating and drinking,disorientation, a bit of blood from the incision, letgargy; but the 2nd day, she started to tremor, apparent in her head, shaking quite violently; she also could not control her bladder, peeing everywhere, and a bit aggressive when trying to leash her. unfortunately my vet did not reply at all to my concerns over the weekend, btu i chose to take off the e collar, because clearly it was causing her problems, perhaps fear. I imagine not being able to see peripherally cause a lot of disorientation in her mind. but with the ecollar off, i kept it off all night, i checed the wound this morning and it was find. she seems to only try to chew it when i am around her and i am awake, so i am confident i can monitor it. i hope i am doing this right

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Never knew about inflatable collars. Thanks for the info.

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      VoodooRULEs 6 years ago

      Great job on this lens! Thank you for all the tips!

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      Mia Carter 6 years ago from SW Florida

      @Franksterk: Thanks for your blessing, Frankster! My first blessing, in fact! :-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Informative lens. Thank you.

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      Excellent topic and lens. Blessings and bear hugs, Frankster