Postoperative Care Following Castration

Care of your pet after castration.

Castration is a common procedure performed on male animals where the two testicles are removed surgically. In dogs having a routine castration, the incision is made just in front of the scrotum and the skin is closed with sutures.  In cats two incisions are made, one over each testes and these wounds are left unstitched.

Post operative care instructions:
1. When you come home with your pet put him into a small confined area that is warm and quiet, especially in the first 12-24hours. This is important as there will still be anaesthetic agents circulating through his system and this will make him drowsy and unsteady and also affect his ability to regulate his body temperature. This is quite normal following an anaesthetic and surgery. There will be some soreness as you would expect, so he should not be expected to be completely normal for a few days.  For the first 24-48hours he may be quieter then usual or off colour.  By 48 hours post surgery he should be happier and brighter with a normal appetite. If this is not the case please contact us as he may need to return for a check up..

2. Please try to keep your pet in a clean place and avoid off leash exercise for the next ten days.  This means no ball chasing or jumping up on beds or couches!

3. For the first 24 hours your pet may be a little quieter than usual or seem off colour.  This is the effect of his sedative and anaesthetic drugs which take a little time to fully clear. After 24 hours, he should return to normal and be happier, brighter with a normal appetite. If this is not the case, please contact us to return for a recheck.

4. Please try to prevent your pet becoming wet, ie no swimming or washing until the stitches have come out (in 10 days time). Bacteria can travel along the skin sutures especially if they are repeatedly wet leading to infection.

5. Please watch for excessive licking or chewing at any stitches – a bit of grooming of the area is normal, but if you notice this occurring excessively, your pet will require an Elizabethan collar (or a bucket) to stop him getting to the wound.

6.Generally there are few complication after the operation, however there are some signs to watch for that may indicate a problem:

  • lethargy and listlessness (especially if after the first 24-48 hours)
  • pale gums
  • excessive redness or irritation around the suture line
  • swelling or lumpiness around or along the suture line
  • discharge from the wound – pink-tinged, bloody or yellow.

If any of these please contact us immediately.

Please return in 10 days time for the sutures to be removed (not applicable to cats). Please arrange an appointment for this.

If you have any concerns at all, please do not hesitate to give us a call.

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