♠ Offer Water Immediately
♠ Offer a small amount of canned food when you get home. Feed 1/2 of a normal meal later. Resume normal feeding in the morning. Cats that have not been given extra pain medications may not eat well for a day or two.
♠ No Over-the Counter Pain Medications. TOXIC!
♠ Keep Outdoor Pets In the House (except for leash walking) for 10 days, Wild Cats for 24 hours.
♠ Avoid Running, Jumping, Playing for at least 10 Days.
Dogs: Allow Short Walks on Leash as Needed.
Cats: Confine to Small Area with Food, Water and Litter.
♠ Keep Warm. Avoid heating pads.
♠ No Baths for 10 days.
♠ E-Collar for 10 days.
♠ “Yesterday’s News” Litter (in supermarkets) for 10 days.
♠ Minor sleepiness
♠ Watery eyes and/or drooling
♠ Rare vomiting
♠ A scrotum that is up to twice the size of the testicles. This resolves over 1-6 weeks.
♠ A non-painful lump by the incision. Resolves within 3-6 weeks.
♠ Sutures, if visible, may take 3 months to disappear. Most of the time sutures are NOT visible. Male cats do not have closed incisions for their well-being. This is standard neuter procedure.
♠ A “lump” near the incision that disappears when pushed on or that is accompanied by poor appetite
♠ Anything protruding from the incision
♠ Vaginal bleeding
♠ More than a few drops of blood from the incision the night of surgery or any bleeding thereafter
♠ A pet that is unwilling to move around
♠ Severe swelling (over 2 times the size the testicles had been) of the scrotum.
♠ Decreased appetite that lasts more than 2 days
♠ Skin discoloration, pus or a highly painful swelling around the incision
♠ Anything that has you concerned. Trust your instincts: when in doubt, call the vet. Our veterinarian’s cell number will be provided on your post-operative paperwork for after-hours concerns.