February 22nd is World Spay Day! If your kitty hasn’t been spayed yet, we strongly recommend getting this done right away. Fluffy will be calmer, healthier, and better behaved after. Plus, she won’t contribute to the problem of pet overpopulation by having unwanted litters. Of course, it can be nerve wracking knowing your beloved pet is having an operation, even one as safe and routine as this. Read on as a Hendersonville, NC vet offers some advice on helping your furry friend recuperate.
When you get Fluffy back home, she’ll probably be even drowsier than she normally is, and will probably sleep a lot over the next day or so. Make sure that she has a clean, comfy bed to relax in. This is a perfect time to get her a new one!
Peace And Quiet
This one somewhat depends on your household. If it’s just you and Fluffy, then you can just spend a few quiet days at home with her. If you have a full house and/or other pets, you may want to put your kitty in a quiet room with food, water, and a litterbox. Use a baby gate at the door to keep other pets from disturbing her.
You’ll need to make sure that your kitty doesn’t pull out her stitches. Fluffy may need to wear an Elizabethan collar for a few days. You can also get her an inflatable one, which will be a bit more comfortable. (You can fully expect your furball to shoot you accusing looks for making her wear these contraptions, but don’t be swayed. It really is for her own good.)
Keep a close eye on Fluffy. Most of the time, spay procedure goes smoothly. However, complications can and do happen occasionally. Some of the things to look for include swelling, bleeding, discoloration, and/or pus at the surgical site; fever; vomiting; diarrhea; lack of appetite; and unusual behavior or vocalizations. Call your vet or the emergency clinic immediately if you spot any of these red flags.
Follow Doctor’s Orders
Your veterinarian will give you specific after-care instructions. Be sure to follow them exactly. If there’s something you aren’t clear on, don’t be shy about asking questions. That’s why we’re here!
Do you need to make an appointment for your kitty? Contact us, your Hendersonville, NC animal clinic, today!