How To Care For Dogs After Spay Neuter

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hey everybody

my name is carrie bernstein and i'm the

executive director at stanford animals

veterinary clinic

and i'm here today to give you your go

home instructions after your pet's

spay neuter surgery normally we would be

doing this in person in our lobby

but given everything that's going on in

the world we wanted to make this video

so you'd have something to watch at home

in addition

to reading your discharge instructions

so when you get home

if you open your discharge packet there

will be a sheet of paper in the packet

that is a set of written discharge


and ideally you would go home and read

that entire sheet of paper

i'm just giving you a little bit of

information just as an

overview to get you started so if you're

picking up a dog from surgery today when

you get your dog home

we would recommend that the first thing

you do is give them a little bit of


what we hear from our clients is a lot

of times since they didn't eat last


and we didn't feed them today while they

were in the clinic

that you want to give them something to

eat and we would recommend that you wait

at least an hour after you get home to

feed them

to give them time to kind of settle down

from their day

and when you feed them we want you to

feed them their normal

diet we don't want you to change their

diets tonight because if you go

and decide that because you want to make

them feel better you're going to serve

them a sirloin steak

and they've never had a sirloin steak

it's highly likely that it might make

them not feel well and then we're not

going to know

if they're having an issue related to

surgery or it's because you decided to

feed them something different

so make sure you feed them their normal

diet and we suggest that you start off

by feeding them about a third of what

you normally would feed them

if they eat that and they seem hungry

it's always fine to give them more

but it's better for you and for them

just to go slow

and be as moderate as you can possibly

be and during their surgical procedure

we put a liquid novocaine on all of

their incisions

and we also gave them a long-acting pain


so tonight it's not required that you

give them any pain medicine

in your go home packet you're going to

find a vial of medication

it's got the directions and the dosage

on there it's cut up in the right size

and what we recommend is that you start

this the day after surgery

and we recommend you give it after

breakfast and after dinner

because that way you make sure that

they're got the right amount of time in

between the two meds

and dogs and cats are like people they

tend to tolerate their pain medicine


if they have something in their belly

and then we recommend that you give them

the medication until it's all gone

and then your job for the next 14 days

because that's how long it takes the


to actually knit back together is to

look at their incision every day

and the reason that we tell you that is

because if you're checking the incision


you will make sure that everything's

healing normally

and when we say normally it means that

when you look at the incision

it's not open or oozing there's no goo

coming out of it it's not red it's not

swollen it should heal just like an

incision on you

heels so every day you look at it you

should see improvement

and if you look at it and you think to

yourself i'm not sure that that looks


it's better for you to reach out to us

and let us know and let us decide if

it's okay

then just ignore it because if you

ignore it what ends up happening

is you end up with an infection a dog

with a fever

you have to come back we have to give

antibiotics it's a whole thing

so just make sure that you're checking

it every day and when you look at their

incisions you'll notice everybody has a

little green

mark on their belly and that's where we

tattoo them

and while people don't believe it when

we tell them we open up at least 10

dogs a week that don't have the uh parts

that we're looking for

so that little tattoo ensures that in

the off chance

somebody picks up your dog and decides

to take them in and get them fixed

they'll shave their belly see that

little green mark and they won't

re-anesthetize them

and as we said we don't um we want you

to check the incision every day

and we don't want those incisions to get

wet for the next 14 days

so that means no bathing no grooming no


the incisions need to stay as dry as

possible so if you take your dog out for

a walk in the morning

and we want you to leash walk them for

at least the first seven days

and their bellies get wet for some

reason just pat their belly dry

and if your dog ends up in a mud puddle

and they're so dirty that you just can't

take it anymore

you can always take some baby wipes and

just wipe off their paws and their belly

just we don't want those incisions

um getting wet and if you have any

medical concerns that are not

related to an emergency all the

emergency information

is on that discharge sheet that i

mentioned earlier

if you have a non-emergency medical

issue and you need to

reach a doctor the fastest way to reach

a doctor in our practice is to email

and on the front of your packet it's on

the top right corner i believe it's

it gives the email address and it's


at stand for animals spelled out that's


dot org so if we have an on-call doctor

every day

from seven in the morning till ten at

night even on the weekends

so as i said if you have a question

about something the fastest way to reach

a doctor

is to email that email address if you

got a cone from us

i'm sure you know by now that we did not

put them on your dog

as you left the building and the reason

that we don't put them on

is because if you make them where

they're cone in their car there's a high

probability that they will get carsick

so unless they were already looking

their incision in the building

we leave this to you to do when you get

home tonight and what we say about the

dogs are if you're going to be with your


and keep your eye on what's going on

your dog doesn't need to wear the cone

but if you're going to leave your dog

unattended for more than 10 minutes

the cone has to go on and the boys need

to wear it for about five to seven days

and the girls need to wear it for about

seven to ten but if you brought a

younger dog

to be fixed they're like children they

heal much more quickly

so if you keep your eye on the incision

once the incision looks all nice and

healed up

no more cone if you got a cone it's

going to look like this

and have some loops at the top and you

have to put a

collar through those loops in order to

keep the cone securely fastened around

your dog's neck and if you don't have a


you can certainly use a piece of gauze

if that's what you have at your house or

we're happy to provide that as well

and you just run the collar through the


so you got the collar through the loops

and the hardest part of the process

is actually this part which is pushing

the cone

on over the dog's head so you push it on

over the dog's head if this would fit i

would do it to myself

and then you close the collar and you

should be able to get two fingers


the cone and your dog's neck that means

it's the right security

and your dog can do everything in the

cone that they can do without the cone

even though they may act like the world

has come to an end as they know it

but what we tell you is if they're

having trouble eating

you can either take it off or you can

lift their bowl up so it makes it easier

for them to eat

um but they can go outside they can do

everything that they normally would do

with the cone on if you have any

questions or you need to reach us

for something other than a medical issue

you're welcome to email us

at info info stand for animals.org

and we hope we felt you found this

helpful and we're hoping that everyone


an easy recovery and quick incision