The puppy you are raising may be spayed or neutered during their time with you. It is important to follow these guidelines so the pup is kept comfortable and safe.
- Walk the puppy on a leash for 5 to 6 days; do not permit free running and jumping.
- Even if the pup is acting "fine" it is important to not allow activity that could cause damage to the internal and external sutures.
- If the pup seems energetic or bored practice obedience, give them a food puzzle toy to play with, or take them on frequent and short walks.
- In the house, limit strenuous activity; do not permit jumping or running up and down stairs.
- Supervise the pup's behavior so they do not lick or chew on the incision site.
At the incision site
- Follow any instructions provided by the veterinary or Foundation to ensure cleanliness of the incision site.
- Incision area needs to be clean and dry for proper healing to take place. If any soiling should occur, wipe area gently with gauze pad moistened with warm water.
- Discourage the puppy from licking or biting at the sutures. If necessary, an “Elizabethan” or E-collar can be used.
- There may be some redness and/or slight swelling at the suture site. Any unusual redness or swelling, however, should be reported.