Caring for Your Spayed or Neutered Pet?


March 20, 2010

Could I give my dog, that just got neutered, water in the same day?

By Maggie from NY



March 20, 20100 found this helpful

You just got your dog picked up after being neutered and by the time you get him home, he can have a little water. He probably won't desire a lot as he'll still be a bit groggy. The time to not give dogs water is about 12 hours before the surgery.

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March 20, 20100 found this helpful

I would add that, if in doubt, call the vet. He/she will know how soon and how much water to give your dog.
Good for you, getting your pet neutered, BTW. :-)

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March 22, 20100 found this helpful

Your Veterinarian should have given you discharge instructions. If not, call them immediately.

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March 22, 20100 found this helpful

The anesthesia can make dogs thirsty so make sure he has all the water he wants.

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October 13, 2007

I just had my Pomeranian neutered and I feel bad. He is not the same it has been 2 days and he has runny stool and is very docile. Any suggestions?



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October 14, 20070 found this helpful

Hi Linda,
Please don't feel bad! You have done the smartest thing you can do. Unneutered animals are susceptible to a host of health problems. Sounds like he may have had a reaction to the anesthesia. Call you veterinarian and describe his symptoms. If you know how to take his temperature with a rectal thermometer, do so to see if he's running a fever (normal is 102). Please don't feel guilty. Castration is a very simple operation and he'll be fine. Peace, Sharon

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October 14, 20070 found this helpful


Don't feel bad. In the long run, you did the right thing.

Best thing to do is call the vet first thing Monday morning and let him/her know what's been happening.

You might take the dog off its regular food and feed baby food or cooled soft boiled eggs to your dog. These are easier to digest than regular dog food.

Good luck!

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October 15, 20070 found this helpful

Have to agree with the others. My MinPin was lazy and
lethargic after the procedure. We chalked it up to
the anesthesia. Give him time, but if he is feverish
call the Vet. Ima3

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October 16, 20070 found this helpful

Your vet probably has an after hour phone number on their recording.
I don't think this has anything to do with his surgery--except it could have been an anxiety attack.
Just had my dog at the vet today for a small surgical procedure. I stayed at her side and baby talked her through it while the vet worked her magic. We had no recovery time there, they sent Allie home with me instead of waiting all morning. If I had not, she would have cried and taken her stitches out of her leg. As it was, we went home and the dog had a normal day.
Good responsible pet owner/parenting on the spay/neuter.
I am the PR/media rep for the local humane society.
(another reason the vet let me stay! On a non busy day-- I took my preschool granddaughter over to watch a cat being spayed. GREAT!)

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October 17, 2009

My 5 year-old Bengal female that was spayed at 6 months, has started having documented heat cycles. After two episodes of these cycles two different physicians have done exploratory surgery on her, without any success in finding the ovarian remnant.

The second surgery was done by a surgical specialist; however, following this surgery she was having major problems with an inability to eat and drink as well as numerous episodes of postoperative bleeding.

The surgeon that did that surgery sent off the tissues that had been removed, however not ovarian cells were evident in the biopsy. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do next?

By L.P. Harris from Vienna, VA


October 20, 20091 found this helpful

With all due respect, stop having surgical tests done on her and the last vet might have made a huge boo boo (in light of the fact that she's not eating and drinking) so she probably has either an infection from the last surgery or is completely stressed out from way too many surgical procedures :-o No offense but so what if she has cycles. Even female women can still have cycles after menopause.

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