Your pet has just come home from surgery . . . what now? How necessary is that cone of shame? This blog post hopes to clarify some post-surgical concerns that pet parents often raise during the post-surgical healing period. Please note: this post contains graphic images of open incisions and infected surgical sites, which are potential consequences of poor surgical site maintenance.
While your dog may be adjusting to the cone or your cat may seem bored in their room without furniture to jump on, remember: a little discomfort for 10 to 14 days, which is the typical recovery period, goes a long way!
What should a healing neuter incision look like?
A recent spay incision should be a clean, straight wound and the edges should be sealed with glue, stitches or staples. The skin will be slightly swollen and a slight reddish-pink color around the edges. As the incision heals, you will want to check the area for redness, swelling or discharge.
Is my cats incision supposed to be hard?
As wounds heal, the body makes scar tissue. If there’s an excess of scar tissue, it can look like an abnormal lump. Scar tissue typically feels firm and ropy. It should not be painful or leak any kind of fluid.
How do you know if neuter incision is infected?
The incision should be closed and not open. It is important that you monitor your pet’s surgery site daily to check for signs of bleeding or infection (i.e. weeping or oozing wounds, puffiness, or bubble-like masses under the skin). Male dog’s scrotums may swell after being neutered.
What happens if cat licks neuter incision?
Licking the incision right after surgery may lead to infection or possibly tear the tender wound. … Additionally, you need to keep your newly neutered feline away from intact females for a full 30 days after his surgery, since he’ll be still be fertile during recovery, according to the ASPCA.
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You have picked up your cat on the same day as surgery. For the next 24-48 hours your cat may experience: lethargy (sleepiness), appetite loss, diarrhea, vomiting, coughing, meowing, or minor personality changes (aggressiveness, sensitivity, crankiness). If these symptoms last more than 24-48 hours after surgery please call our clinic and leave a message.
If there are any questions or concerns related to the surgery, please call our clinic at 860-620-0325 and leave a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org . New HOPE Clinic cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from a clients failure to follow these instructions or for contagious diseases for which your cat was not previously vaccinated.
FOURTEEN DAYS!?!? FOURTEEN DAYS!?!? Yes, we know fourteen days is a VERY long time to keep your puppy or kitten restricted, not give them a bath, check their incision site twice a day, and keep on that Elizabethan collar! We just wanted to let you know that there is method to our madness (and demands).
Are there alternatives to E-collars?
While alternatives exist to the traditional plastic E-collar, they are often inappropriate for most patients. Inflatable or soft fabric collars can be maneuvered by your pet to allow them to access their surgical sites. Some pets can simply pop their inflatable collars off entirely. As a result, veterinarians generally do not regularly recommend these collars for post-surgical recovery as they do not protect the integrity of surgical incisions. Sometimes, veterinary staff may recommend a “onesie” or t-shirt as a suitable alternative for some pets based on the location of the incision and the energy level of the pet, or if an E-collar would otherwise sit directly on an incision (for example, a lump removed from the neck may have a large incision in the area that an E-collar would normally sit). Your veterinarian will be able to assess whether an alternative to a traditional E-collar is appropriate for your pet.