Common Complications After Spaying/Neutering

Sterilizing your pet has many benefits. It can improve the health of your pets, reduce the risk of your pet having fatal diseases in the reproductive system, and prevent unwanted animals. Some aggression problems in pets can also be prevented by spaying/neutering. One thing that all pet “pawrents” should keep in mind is the complications that could occur after a surgery. Don’t worry too much and discuss your concerns with a veterinarian. Here are three common complications after spaying/neutering.

Vomiting & Diarrhea

When your pets wake up from anesthesia, the dizziness that they may feel could cause them to vomit or have diarrhea. Their metabolism might be off for a while, but this, vomiting, and diarrhea are common symptoms after anesthesia. However, if after 24 hours your pet is still displaying these symptoms, please take them to the vet right away! 

Wound infection or inflammation

Wound infection or inflammation and swelling under the skin after surgery are quite common. If your pets try to lick their wound to soothe themselves, it will slow down the healing process. By taking your pet to bathe one day before the surgery, it can help reduce the infection. Wearing an E cone can help with the licking problem, but the most important thing is to not take your pet outside until the wound is healed.

Gained Weight

After the spaying or neutering surgery, most pets will gain weight because of lower metabolism rate. Some might have an increase in appetite. It is best to control food consumption and discuss nutrition plans with the vet in order to reduce the risk of obesity and other diseases that may follow.

Although there might be some complications after sterilization, these are mostly common ones. The kind of complications that could be fatal are extremely rare. By not sterilizing your pet, it can increase the risk of physical and mental health problems.

And if you’re still worried, most research will show you that sterilized pets live longer lives than the ones that aren’t. Don’t worry too much! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask the vet!



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