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How should I manage my dog's pain after neutering?

Our Tucson vets understand that deciding to have your dog neutered can be an emotional decision. That's why we're here to offer advice on how to comfort a dog in pain and answer any questions you may have and put your concerns at ease. 

Neutering Dogs

Neutering your dog, also known as "fixing," has been shown to have a number of health benefits. You may even notice a decrease in undesirable behaviors like mounting, roaming, and animal aggression.

Of course, neutering keep unwanted puppies from being born. Every year, approximately 3.3 million dogs end up in shelters. Having your dog neutered is the most effective way to help reduce the overall number of unwanted pets in your community.

While it may not seem like it right now, going through the emotional process of having your dog neutered is worthwhile for these and other reasons, for both you and your pup.

Is it safe to have my dog neutered?

Yes. Most veterinarians have experience with these common veterinary procedures. However, whenever an animal is anesthetized, there is some risk, just as there is with medical procedures in humans.

During your dog's surgery, your veterinarian will monitor your dog closely and watch for potential complications. 

How can I help my dog feel more comfortable after neutering?

Following your dog’s surgery, help them rest and feel as comfortable as possible. Here are a few tips if you're wondering how to comfort a dog who may be in pain after neutering:

  • Have a quiet place for your dog to rest and recover indoors, away from other animals.
  • Put your dog in a cone (Elizabethan collar) or postoperative jumpsuit (recovery suit) to prevent him from licking the incision site. Licking the incision may transfer bacteria and cause infection.
  • Check the incision site daily to confirm the incision is healing well, and that there are no signs of infection.
  • For two weeks after the neuter surgery, prevent your pet from jumping or running.
  • Follow your vet’s advice about physical activity following the procedure, since further restrictions may be required for your dog.
  • If you notice any discharge, swelling or redness at the surgery site, or if the incision opens, contact your vet. Also call your vet if your dog has diarrhea, begins vomiting, stops eating or seems lethargic.

How long will my dog be in pain after neutering?

Your dog may appear unwell or tired immediately after surgery, which are common side effects of general anesthesia. The following day, your dog should start to behave more like themselves and show little sign of pain or discomfort.

The majority of discomfort caused by neuter surgeries lasts only a few days and should subside after a week. If your pet has been in discomfort or pain for more than a few days, consult your veterinarian for further advice.

Will my dog need pain meds after surgery?

Yes. While your dog will not feel any pain during the surgery, because they will be under anesthesia, they will require medication to relieve pain afterward. At the conclusion of the surgery, your veterinarian will administer pain medications to your dog via an injection. This long-term pain medication should stay in your dog's system for 12 to 24 hours.

You may be asking yourself, "What can I give my dog for pain after surgery?" Your vet will prescribe take-home medications that may be needed to help relieve any postoperative pain your dog may experience. When it comes to giving your dog pain medications after neutering, follow your vet’s instructions carefully. Never provide human pain medications to your dog. Many pain medications that work for us are poisonous to dogs.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Is your dog displaying signs of pain or infection after surgery? Contact our animal hospital in Tucson as soon as possible.

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