How to Take Care of a Dog After It Is Spayed

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After a dog has been spayed, it's important to keep the dog indoors and to keep it from running, as motion can impede the healing process. Learn about different sorts of sutures that veterinarians use, such as absorbable sutures, with help from a veterinarian in this free video on dog health and getting a dog spayed.

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Hi I am Dr. Greg McDonald, and today we are talking about dog care. I am a veterinarian in Southern California, McDonald Animal Hospital. I want to talk a little bit today about how to take care of your dog after it has been spayed. If you bring your dog into have your dog spayed they make an incision in the midline just a little bit behind the umbilicus, and the incision is probably only two inches long. But this is a very important part of the after care, because if the incision comes undone the intestines can come out of the dog, and the dog could die. So it is a very, very critical thing the after care. Your veterinarian is going to give you some ideas, but it is also to be sure that you do it right. Afterwards you want to keep your dog indoors or on a leash. You don't want to let them run. Motion at the surgery site impede healing, and so you wind up having the sutures come undone. Most veterinarians close the incision in three layers. There are two absorbable sutures, and then on that is non-absorbable. After about two weeks your animal should be finished healing, and you will return to your veterinarian to have them check the incision site, and remove those sutures that are permanent sutures. Those sutures that you can see in the skin are those that usually do need to be removed. Sometimes a veterinarian will put absorbable sutures there so you don't have to go back, but I like to check the incision, and be sure that everything has healed properly. Also many veterinarians like to give your dog antibiotics right after the incision just to be sure that there is no infection, again because it is a very critical area that your veterinarian is working in, and you want to be certain that there is not an infection. Infection could cause the incision line to break down, and create some problems for your dog. I think it is very important that you roll your puppy over everyday, and look at the incision site. Be sure your dog is not chewing on the sutures, be sure that there is no swelling or bleeding coming from the site, and if you see something that you are concerned about it would be very important to call your veterinarian, and discuss it with them. And if they are worried about it they will have you come back, and have a look at it.


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