Aftercare for your male dog after neutering

Many dogs feel a little uncomfortable after they've had their 'furry dice' removed. While neutering has a lot of health benefits there can be some initial discomfort after the surgery. With these four simple steps, dog owners can help to minimise their dog's discomfort and get them back to their normal self in no time. 

Ask for a surgical cone

The healing process can be a little uncomfortable and itchy which can cause dogs to overgroom their nether regions. It can be a good idea to ask the vet for a surgical cone to place around their neck so that they cannot reach their stitches to lick them, as it can dramatically extend the healing process if they manage to lick the area and dislodge some stitches. 

Check their wound

Unfortunately as it can be hard for animals to groom themselves effectively immediate post surgery it is important to check their wounds daily to make sure there are faeces caught near the wound (which can lead to infection) as well as ensuring that they have not broken with straining to complete bowel movements (as many pain medications can lead to constipation). You may need to help your pup out by wiping their butt with a warm flannel or baby wipes to keep them clean and potentially give them some softer food to help with bowel movements. 

Apply cold compresses

In addition to pain medication, many people and animals find comfort with a cold compress. You can buy these from a pet store or simply purchase a pack of frozen peas that you rest on their wound to help give some relief from the swelling and pain. 

Provide a comfortable place to sit

Even if your pup is a guard dog who sleeps outside in the kennel it's kind to make sure that they have a comfortable and soft place to sleep. This can include padding their bedding with some extra towels or adding a warm wrapped hot water bottle for them to lay on. This can make it easier for them to sleep while they are recovering which can help to enhance and optimise the recovery process. 

If you would like some specific advice about how to help your dog through the post-neutering recovery process you should talk to your vet. They can help to give you some ideas that might be particularly relevant to your dog, with their knowledge of your pet's medical history.