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    896 N. Burlington Boulevard, Burlington, WA 98233 US


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    1214 Dupont Street, Bellingham, WA 98225 US


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How Do I Manage My Dog's Pain After Neutering?

Our Burlington and Bellingham vets understand that deciding whether to spay or neuter your dog can be emotional. We are here to offer advice on pain management during recovery and provide information to help ease your mind.

How to treat pain in dogs 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.

  • Put your dog in a cone (Elizabethan collar) or postoperative jumpsuit (recovery suit) to prevent them from licking the incision site. Licking the incision may transfer bacteria and cause infection.
  • Check the incision site daily to confirm that it is healing well and that there are no signs of infection.
  • For two weeks after the spay or neuter surgery, prevent your pet from jumping or running.
  • 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.
  • Have a quiet place for your dog to rest and recover indoors, away from other animals.
  • Follow your vet’s advice about physical activity following the procedure since your dog may require further restrictions.

How long will my dog be in pain after neutering?

Neutering male dogs and spaying female dogs have similar recovery times, but spaying is a more complex procedure due to a larger incision, which can increase the risk of complications.

It is normal for your dog to feel tired or nauseous after surgery due to the effects of anesthesia. However, they should start acting normal again the next day with minimal pain or discomfort.

Any discomfort from the procedure usually lasts only a few days and should completely resolve within a week. You should contact your vet if your pet experiences pain or discomfort beyond a couple of days.

What can I give my dog for pain after surgery?

It is important to never give your dog any home medication after surgery. It's essential to follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian regarding medication dosage, administration, and any other care that your dog may require during the recovery phase. If you have any concerns regarding your dog's pain management or recovery, it's always best to contact your veterinarian for guidance and support.

Will my dog need pain meds after surgery?

Yes, your dog will not feel pain during surgery due to anesthesia, but they will require pain medication after the procedure. Your vet will administer long-lasting pain medication via injection, which lasts for 12 to 24 hours.

Your vet will prescribe take-home pain medication, such as Rimadyl or Torbugesic, to manage any postoperative pain your dog may experience. Follow your vet's instructions exactly and avoid giving your dog human pain medications, which can be harmful or poisonous.

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 Burlington and Bellingham as soon as possible.

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