Vermont Companion Animal Neutering
Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic in Middlesex VT

Post-Operative Instructions for Dogs

Emergencies call 272-7402, a message will direct you to our emergency service. Do not call this number unless you have a concern about an animal who had recent surgery at our clinic. If you are unable to speak with someone and feel you dog needs immediate attention, please call Burlington Emergency Veterinary Services (BEVS) at 802-863-2387

Post Surgery

  1. Keep your dog inside, warm, and dry tonight. Towards evening give the dog water and half the normal amount of food. The dog may not eat until tomorrow. If your dog is a puppy, feed the normal amount tonight, at your puppy’s regular feeding times.
  2. Check incision daily for swelling, drainage, heat, or pain. There are no sutures (stitches) to remove. Please call us if you are concerned about the incision. Some dogs will develop a hard small lump at the incision site. This is caused by a slight reaction to the stitches. It will go away, but may take a couple of months.
  3. Restrict dogs’ activity for 10 days. This means leash walking while outdoors, and limit jumping and rough play as much as possible. Do not let your dog run, jump, play, swim or engage in any strenuous activities. Doing so may cause the incision to open and result in an expensive trip to the emergency hospital.
  4. Tattoo Ink has been applied to the incision in females. The incision will heal as a colored line. This is done to make the spay incision easier to find when the hair on the belly is shaved. If your dog should ever become stray, a veterinarian or shelter staff will be able to tell that she is spayed, and prevent unnecessary surgery.
  5. Call the emergency number if:
    • Your pet has not eaten or had water for 48 hours
    • Your pet is vomiting after 24 hours
    • Your pet is lethargic and not his/herself after 48 hours
    • There is bleeding or opening around incision

Vaccines

  1. If your dog was vaccinated against rabies for the first time, the booster is due in one year. If your dog had a previous rabies vaccine, the booster is due in 3 years.
  2. If your dog was vaccinated with the distemper complex vaccine for the first time, you should booster the distemper vaccination in one month for adequate protection. Distemper complex should be given yearly.
  3. For yearly vaccinations see a full service veterinary clinic.