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Post-Operative Care

Emergency: Please text Karen (254) 715 2815 or Lori (469) 855-3647 are your designated contacts for surgery-related questions during your pet’s 7-10 day recovery. Texting with photos is encouraged. You may also want to contact a local emergency veterinarian.

Activity: Take care not to put pressure on the incision as you lift your dog into and out of the car. Jumping could tear internal sutures. Let us know if you need help loading your pet. Keep your pet from romping, running, and jumping for 7 days while incision tissues mend. Dogs should be leash-walked only, and cats kept indoors (with the exception of unsocialized, outdoor cats which should be released the morning after surgery).

Environment: Your pet had major surgery. Keep your pet quiet in an indoor area (bathroom/laundry) while anesthesia wears off over the next 12-18 hours. Pets must be kept calm, warm and clean (but no baths). Care during the next 7 days is the key to a smooth recovery.

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Pain Medication Dogs: Your dog has been given a pain injection today that will last until morning. Begin post-op pain medication the morning after surgery after breakfast. If your pet doesn’t want breakfast, give the first dose anyway. It is important to continue and finish the pain medicine as directed to prevent pain at the incision site. Failure to give pain medication encourages incision licking and delays healing. DO NOT give human pain medications (Ibuprofen, NSAIDs, Aspirin, Midol, Tylenol, Aleve etc.) These may be toxic.

Pain Medication for Cats: Extended-release (over 3 days) medication was given to your cat at the time of surgery.

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Incision: The veterinarian recommends a protective head cone to be worn for 7 days to prevent your dog from licking and chewing the incision site. A small green ½” line tattoo near the incision signifies that your pet has been spayed/neutered. Check tattoo and the surgery incision carefully each day. Text us at the number above if you see swelling, redness or drainage. Remember that the incision should not get wet (from baths, pools or ponds) for one week after surgery.

Small Amounts of Food & Water At a Time: No gorging. No new foods. Offer your pet only ¼ of a normal meal around 6:00 tonight along with ½ cup of water. Repeated water is encouraged, but only ½ cup at a time. Appetite will return to normal during the first 24 hours after surgery. When this happens, resume the type and amount of food/treats that your pet normally receives. Repeated water is encouraged, but only ½ cup at a time. Appetite will return to normal during the first 24 hours after surgery. When this happens, resume the type and amount of food/treats that your pet normally receives.

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Females in-heat or pregnant at the time of surgery may continue to attract males for up to 10 days. During this time, attempted breeding may cause internal bleeding. Females may also have a small amount of blood in the urine for 3-4 days after surgery. A male is capable of impregnating an unspayed female up to 3 days after he is neutered.

We provide you with these recommendations to avoid an expensive and painful post-op veterinary visit. The cost of any emergency visit is your responsibility. We cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow our post-operative instructions. We are happy to examine your pet’s incision at no charge, though costs of re-suturing or antibiotics are your responsibility.

We are thrilled to provide quality care for your pet. We expect you’ve had an excellent experience and hope you will consider a donation to Fix West Texas, as you are able. Fix West Texas relies on your support to help ensure pets in need have access to affordable, preventive pet care.

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Why Should I Spay or Neuter?

What is spay and neuter?

These are common surgical procedures which reduce excess reproductive hormones and prevent animals from being able to reproduce. Spay/neuter are the most common surgical procedures performed on cats and dogs. The spay surgery performed on females removes the ovaries and uterus so they no longer have heat cycles. The word “neuter” is commonly used for sterilizing a male animal, but can be used to refer to an animal of unknown sex (or to a group of animals of mixed or unknown sex). The testicles are removed when neutering a male animal.

Anesthesia and pain medication are used, so the surgery is painless. Pain medication is also provided for three days after surgery, so discomfort after surgery is minimal.

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Why should my female cat be spayed?

1) Mammary cancer and common uterine infections will be prevented.

2) She won’t have heat cycles. Cats in heat are annoyingly vocal, agitated, aggressive, often spraying urine in the house. These occur every 2-3 weeks for 6-7 days at a time until she is spayed or bred.

Why should my male dog be neutered?

1) Roaming, escaping, wandering typically decreases by 90 percent due to the reduction of excessive hormones driving him to search for in-heat females. This results in fewer dogs injured or killed by cars.

2) Fighting, territorial marking, “humping” will decrease. A neutered dog will typically retain the instinct to protect his home and family as well as an unneutered dog, but excessive aggressiveness is usually reduced.

3) He is less likely to have infections and cancers of the reproductive organs, such as testicular cancer and prostate disease.

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Why should my pet be spayed or neutered?

1) A spayed or neutered pet is better-behaved, more affectionate, satisfied, calm, and trainable. Overall, neutered pets are much better companions, as they are able to focus attention on you and your family.

2) A spayed or neutered pet typically lives a healthier and longer life. Many health problems can be difficult and expensive to treat for an unneutered pet.

3) A spayed or neutered pet is less likely to have the behaviors which can lead to bites and the desire to roam is reduced.

4) Spaying and neutering is good for your community which spends hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless volunteer hours to manage the heavy burden of too many cats and dogs. These unwanted animals are often straying in the country, running at-large on the streets, hungry, or diseased. Many others are sadly living in shelters or rescues. They are expensive to care for – and if not adopted, they are euthanized by the thousands.

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Why should my male cat be neutered?

1) Reduces or eliminates risk of spraying and marking.

2) Less desire to roam, therefore less likely to be injured in fights or auto accidents.

3) Risk of testicular cancer is eliminated, and decreases incidence of prostate disease.

4) Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies.