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What You Should Do After Your Pet Has Desexed: Desexing Aftercare

There have been many unwanted strays, and the population of dogs and cats has been rising. By desexing your pet, you can help to reduce the issue of unwanted strays and overpopulation. It can also provide behavioral benefits to your pet, such as less fighting, aggression, and roaming. And it allows them to live harmoniously with humans and other animals.

Spaying and neutering is generally a day procedure. It begins with an initial assessment, including blood tests and pain relief measures. Your pet will be under anesthesia during the surgery and will be operated on in a sterile surgical room. The surgery involves making a small incision and removing a part of your pet’s reproductive system. The area is carefully sutured once the procedure is completed. During the procedure, we will monitor your pet’s vitality to ensure its condition.

Proper aftercare and support are essential for your pet after desexing to allow them to recover smoothly and prevent infections or other issues.

Here are some things you have to keep in mind after the desexing procedure:

The anesthesia administered to your pet will usually not wear off until several hours after the procedure, and it may even last overnight. But if your pet is still tired and lethargic 24 hours after the procedure, contact your local Spay and Neuter clinic Chicago.
Surgical Area

After the surgery, you have to inspect your pet’s wound every day for the next 10-14 days for swelling, discharges, or missing sutures, and contact Spay and Neuter Chicago if any of these happen.

If your pet has received dissolvable skin sutures, it will not need suture removal but must visit the clinic in 10-14 days to ensure its wound is healing well. And if your pet keeps licking the area, visit the clinic immediately so that we can provide you with an “Elizabethan collar” to prevent your pet from chewing through their sutures or irritating their wounds.

Also, avoid bathing your pet or wetting the surgical area in any way for 10-14 days after the surgery, as it can cause problems.

Food and Water

Your pet can eat and drink as usual after the surgery. But they may experience a lack of appetite and nausea because of the drugs used in the surgery. If your pet is refusing to eat any food or vomiting, CONTACT US immediately.

Rest and Exercise
Allow your pet to rest as much as possible to help them heal smoothly. Limit their exercise and do not allow them to do strenuous activities, such as jumping up and down from beds or couches, climbing stairs, or rough play. You may consider placing them in a small room or a cage to prevent them from straining their wounds.


Spay or neuter your dog or cat to help them live a healthy and happy life, as this procedure provides several benefits to your pet and the environment, and other animals. Contact our team for professional, effective, and safe Spay and Neuter Chicago.