Your pet was sterilised today at TAH. This involves the removal of the uterus and ovaries. The wound was closed with stitches, which are located under the tummy. This was covered with a small piece of cotton wool which may have fallen off before discharge, or may fall off over the next few days. Do not be concerned if the cotton wool falls off. It is not necessary to clean the wound.
The procedure was performed under general anaesthetic. This means that your pet may be a bit sleepy tonight. She may not want to eat tonight, but should be eating by tomorrow morning. Please offer him food tonight, and always have water available.
The anaesthetic was given via a catheter in the front or back leg. We have placed a small plaster over this area, which you can remove tomorrow.
Please restrict her activity over the next 3 days. Do not allow her to swim for 2 weeks and do not bath her. If she was on heat at the time of her operation, male dogs may still attempt to mate her. Please keep her away from intact male dogs for at least 2 weeks.
Please contact us if:
You notice the stitches have “disappeared” (i.e. been licked out!)
The leg in which the catheter was placed appears swollen or red
If you notice any signs of illness (e.g. not eating, vomiting)
She licks her stitches
The incision site swells or appears red
There is a discharge or oozing from the wound site
She appears very lethargic or sedated
Please give the pain killers supplied as instructed. The pain killers should only be started the morning after the operation, unless otherwise instructed.
We will need to see your pet again in 14 days for removal of the stitches. Please make an appointment for this.
If you have any queries or concerns please call us.