No Jumping!


Limit jumping and rough play as best as you can for the next 5 to 7 days.  This will give your pet’s small incision time to heal thoroughly.  Make use of the e-collar that we sent you home with.  It will help to limit how fast your puppy can move around and prohibit him or her from jumping.


Can My Pet Eat After Spay or Neuter Surgery?


Yes.  About an hour after you get home, IF your pet appears alert, offer a cup of water in a bowl and two to three tablespoons of wet dog food.  Ask East Side Animal Hospital for our recommendation on what kind of food to feed.  If your pet appears lethargic, skip the food this evening and wait until tomorrow to feed.  If your pet is still lethargic, call East Side Animal Hospital for more information on what you should do.


Monitor Activity and Mood


East Side uses human grade anesthesia and our patients typically recover quickly from it.  It’s normal for your pet to be drowsy when you take him or her home, but by the following day, your puppy should be back to his or her normal self.  Call us if you have any concerns about how your puppy is behaving after spay or neuter surgery.


Look at the Spay or Neuter Incision Site Daily


Aside from a bit of redness around the sutures, the incision site should look coral pink or whitish pink and should not be hot to the touch.  Trust your instincts, if the incision site looks infected or abnormal, then you are most likely right.  Call us.  We’ll answer any questions that you have. In the unlikely event that your pet’s incision becomes infected, you’ll call us up and we’ll make things better.


Will My Pet Be In Pain After Getting Spayed or Neutered?


Most likely your pet will feel uncomfortable around where the surgical incision was made.  Make sure that you dutifully give the pain medication you were sent home with. It will reduce inflammation and go a long way in helping your pet be comfortable. Remember that just because your pet doesn’t act painful, doesn’t mean that he or she is not feeling pain.  All animals typically hide signs of pain and illness. Give the medication as directed until it is finished.


Does My Dog Have To Wear An E-collar After Surgery?


The e-collar, otherwise unflatteringly known as the ‘cone of shame’, is a useful tool. It will slow your pet down and keep him or her from jumping and licking (the most common reason why sutures fail or that incisions become infected).  It can be hard to watch your pet struggle with an e-collar, but remember that these 7 days of inconvenience will safely help your puppy to heal faster.  Be a good pet parent and stay strong.  Soon you and your pet will be walking the streets of NYC and going to dog parks happily once more.


My Pet Was Supposed to Get a Microchip.  Where is it?


If you asked us to place a microchip, it was inserted under your pet’s skin between his or her shoulder blades.  Microchips are encased in   non-reactive plastic.  They do not emit radiation or any kind of electrical charge.  When a microchip scanner is placed over the pet, a radio signal  travels from the scanner, bounces off the microchip, and returns a unique identification number.  Watch the video below for more information on how microchips work.



Does My Dog Need A Microchip?


Yes!  New York City is at risk from weather and terrorist disasters.  Either could force you and your pet to be separated.  A microchip ensures that you and your pet can be reunited again if ever separated.