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A guide on post-neuter and dog spay recovery

Vet Talks 3 min read
Image of a dog with a post-surgery bandage to represent the dog spay recovery process.

We are certain that any loving pet parents want to avoid surgical interventions on their little ones as much as possible. But did you know that getting your dog fixed can help extend their life and keep them healthier for longer? Know how to support your little one for a stress-free post-neuter and dog spay recovery.

When should a dog be fixed?

Neutering and spaying are different terms for the same minor surgical procedure. The difference is in the gender of the animal. Male dogs get neutered, whilst female dogs are spayed. In either case, parts of their reproductive systems are removed to stop their ability to reproduce. 

Most vets won’t recommend spaying a female dog during her heat cycle, as it increases the chances of complications. However, the best time to get your dog fixed depends on their individual needs and health state. So it’s important to make any decisions regarding the surgery with your trusted veterinarian. 

Generally speaking, most furkiddos will get neutered or spayed shortly before they reach sexual maturity. These are the typical ages depending on the breed of your dog:

  • Small breeds: between five and six months 
  • Larger breeds: between 10 and 12 months. 

5 post-neuter and dog spay recovery tips 

Even though these procedures are quick with reduced risk, they are performed under general anesthesia. So post-neuter and dog spay recovery care is advised. Keep in mind that it can take around ten days for your little one to fully recover, but here are ways to make this process easier for them: 

1. Protect the incision region after surgery

Don’t let your furkiddo have access to the stitches. The use of specific surgical clothing or Elizabethan collars is indicated, regardless of the animal’s gender. 

Image of a dog with an Elizabethan collar to illustrate dog spay recovery tips.

2. Calming dog spay recovery

Resting is also crucial for your little one’s recovery. Prevent your dog from exerting themselves or moving around too much. NHV Lesstress can help with that! This formula offers natural support for canine stress and anxiety. Because it is a calming supplement, it can also help address possible post-op discomfort. 

3. Offer healthy food & appetite support

If the little one is suffering from pain and discomfort, they might struggle to eat. But it’s important to offer healthy food and provide fresh water. Adding NHV Yucca to their regimen can help with any appetite loss and discomfort. This extract contains two very beneficial compounds that act as precursors to corticoids and aid with symptom relief related to inflammation. 

4. Avoid post-neuter inflammation or infections 

Another way to help avoid inflammation or infections that can result from any surgery is by keeping their environment safe and clean. NHV Felimm is a great ally for post-op care, as it helps strengthen the immune system and can help prevent infections. 

5. Dog spay recovery immune support

Lastly, for post-neuter and dog spay recovery, we recommend NHV Natures Immuno. This blend of mushrooms helps support the immune system of your little one and can improve the body’s ability to produce white blood cells. 

Please remember always to follow your trusted vet’s specific recommendations and ensure that your little one takes any prescribed medication as necessary. We hope these post-neuter and dog spay recovery tips will help you care for your little one. We are always here if you have any concerns! 

Dr. Rebeca Oliveira DVM

Dr. Rebeca Oliveira DVM

Dr. Rebeca is a holistic veterinarian from Brazil with a passion for natural and integrative medicine. She’s been studying integrative medicine and alternative (and healthier) diets since 2015, and now started to study the power of herbs with the NHV Family. In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her golden retriever, Kuga.

Published: February 10, 2023

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