How to Care for Dogs After Spay Neuter

Now that you’ve decided to neuter your dog, you also need to prepare yourself for the post-operative care your dog needs. But you don't need to get overwhelmed! We will give you a heads up about what to expect so that you can be prepared and tend to your dog better. We have listed out everything you need to know in order to take care of your dog post-surgery without any worries. Let’s get started.

pet care tips after spay neuter

Give Your Dog Some Water 

You must ensure that the last meal the dog had was the previous night. You should make sure that your pet hasn’t eaten anything before the surgery either. The first thing you need to do is give them some water. Offering food immediately after you get the dog home wouldn't be a good choice. You can wait for an hour, allow them to settle in, and then offer food. Until then, water is just fine.

Feed Them Their Normal Diet

If you’re wondering whether your pet needs to be given some specific food post-surgery, that’s a big no. All you have to do is give them the normal food that they consume every other day. Don’t try to think of comfort food your dog has never had before. Anything other than regular food offered to the dog may lead to issues. This would make it difficult to determine whether your dog is unwell because of the surgery or because they have consumed something they aren’t used to eating. 
Ensure you feed them one hour after returning home from the vet. Make sure you feed them only a third of their normal portion of food. After they eat this, you need to observe if your dog is still hungry. While you can, of course, offer some more, don’t overdo it. Make sure your dog eats only moderate quantities of food post-surgery. 

pet care tips after spay neuter

Limit Your Dogs Activity For 2 Weeks

You need to limit your dogs activity for next 2 weeks. This means short leash walks outside two to three times a day. And keep them in a confined place like a crate or your bedroom somewhere where they can't run around. So limited activity means no running jumping going upstairs and definitely no swimming.


Don't forget to give your pet their medications on time! So your vet will send your dog home with antibiotics. They'll send them home with pain medications and anti-inflammatories and they may send them home with a sedative to help keep your dog calm during their healing process.

pet care tips after spay neuter

Observe the Incisions

For the next 14 days, you need to keep your dog under keen observation. Check the incisions to see if they are not open, swollen, or oozing. The incisions should heal gradually as the days pass by. If there’s anything amiss, reach out to the vet instantly. Any delays would lead to infections or fever, which would require you to rush your dog back to the vet. 

Summing Up

In case of emergencies, you can always refer to the discharge instruction sheet. It includes everything you need to know in case of certain emergency situations. In case of non-medical emergencies, you can always reach out to the vet via email to get a faster reply.  

Keep the E-Collar on

 Keep the incisions dry for 14 days, which means no bathing, no grooming, and no swimming. If the belly does get wet, pat it dry once you return home. And yes, until the incisions heal, you need to ensure your dog has a cone on for better spay care.
Our Anxiety Free Healing Cone would help with faster recovery. While your dog may not really be happy about the cone, you need to put it on them to ensure they heal faster and better. The best part about our Healing Cone is that your dog can continue doing all its activities without obstruction since it’s so light! Here are some of our Healing Cone collections you can shop for:

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  • Eli Richardson on

    It really helped when you elaborated on limiting our dog’s activity for a few weeks after spaying or neutering them. Last month, my sister adopted a puppy, and she wants to spay her before her first cycle starts, so I’ll make sure she reads your post now. Thanks for the advice on caring for your dog after surgery for optimal recovery.

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