Preparation Tips for Pet Desexing

Desexing is a misunderstood subject among pet owners; therefore, it is advisable to talk to a vet rather than read about the procedure on the internet. Once you are convinced of the benefits of spaying or neutering, you need to prepare for the procedure accordingly. However, most pet parents do not know what they need to do before and after spaying/neutering. This article highlights vital steps you should take pre and post a desexing procedure. 

Crate Training -- Your dog or pet will be sore and have sutures after a desexing procedure; therefore, minimising movement at least for the first week post-operation is critical. If your pet moves a lot post-operation, the chances are high the sutures will come off, opening the wound and exposing it to infections. Unfortunately, minimising movement post-desexing can be difficult if you don't have a crate or have not trained your pet to accept a crate as a safe place. Therefore, the first thing you should do to prepare for your pet's upcoming desexing procedure is buy a crate and teach them to get used to it. You can use verbal cues and positive reinforcement to get your dog or pet to feel comfortable in their new crate. Once they are back from a vet, your pet will have no problem spending time in the crate, promoting faster healing.

Cone Training -- Dogs love licking themselves as part of self-grooming; therefore, you should expect your furry friend to lick their wound during recovery. Besides licking, your dog could chew the sutures and injure the sore wound. No amount of training will prevent your dog from licking or chewing the wound if you do not have a cone. In this regard, vets recommend that parents start training their pets to accept cones so that they do not have difficulty adjusting to the new device during recovery. If you put a cone on an untrained pet after surgery, they will rub it against the wound in their attempt to lick the discomfort. A few sessions of cone training are enough for your dog to get used to the device, and it will prove beneficial after a pet desexing surgery.

Reasonable Pain Relief -- Pain management in pets is quite different from a person's since you can follow a doctor's instructions. However, your furry friend will likely not heed a vet's advice. Thus, vets are often against relieving pain completely since it allows a dog to overdo certain activities and injure their wound. Therefore, do not expect a vet to give you post-desexing pain medication for your dog. Vets know that pet parents will not hesitate to administer pain medication whenever their furry friend shows signs of discomfort. Overall, moderate pain is critical post desexing since it helps restrict movement.