Last month, I took my pup Dottie to the vet for what I dubbed her “big girl procedure.” My baby was getting spayed. Of course, she pranced into the waiting room like her usual social butterfly self: tail wagging, kissing every last technician and stranger, completely oblivious to the days of recovery ahead. I, on the other hand, was a nervous wreck. And though my vet reassured me that it was a standard procedure, I still felt unprepared for the aftermath.
Theres a lot of conflicting information out there about when a dog should be spayed or neutered, if its even necessary, and how they should be cared for in recovery. But the one thing we can all agree on? Its a major milestone for any pup, and something that all parents should approach feeling prepared. Here are the four things that I wish I had known before my puppy got spayed:
Signs of Infection After Your Dog Gets Neutered
Being mindful of possible infections is extremely important after any surgery with your dog. This means taking precautions and being extra observant for the following few weeks after your dog gets surgery.
As mentioned above, if you notice the odor getting progressively worse, it may signify an infection. When bacteria get into the incision, it can cause excessive growth leading to bacterial infections. While this surgery does not have a high risk for infection, it is still something to be mindful of. Continue below for possible signs of infections.
Have your vet shave your dog before surgery
Some vet offices may even shave parts of the dog themselves for better hygiene and easier access if you are worried that your dog’s fur is in the way and couldn’t find time to take them to a groomer. Your vet’s office should have no issue assisting you with this.
My Female Dog Smells Like A Fish
I have a female dog, and my dog smells like period blood one day. Although female dogs normally have bacterial flora in their vagina, if the foul odor smells better than the fishy smell, it could be a health issue.
A female dog smells like fish, and you notice a light-colored discharge, then your female dog may have vaginitis caused by bacteria or yeast.
Why does my dog smell like fish after surgery?
Why does my dog smell after getting neutered?
Why does my male dogs privates smell like fish?
How do you tell if your dog has an infection after being neutered?