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Three Signs That Your Dog May Not Be Healing Properly After Being Spayed

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After your pet has been spayed or neutered, it is important to be able to know if they are having any complications from the surgery. While some pain and tenderness is to be expected after the surgery, knowing how to spot major issues could make a huge difference in the recovery your pet experiences. The following guide walks you through a few complications to look for during your dog's recovery after being spayed or neutered.

Infection at the Wound Site

The area where the incision was made will be slightly pink and very tender after the surgery. If you start to notice the area becoming very red, brown, or even black, there could be an infection developing in the incision. If you feel that your dog's incision has become infected, it is important to take him or her to the vet right away to ensure that they get the help they need right away.

Loose Stitches

When a dog is spayed or neutered, the incision is closed using stitches. The stitches need to be tight in order to keep the skin together so that it can heal properly. You need to be sure to take the time to check your dog's stitches on a regular basis. The skin should not have any gaps. If you notice that the incision has started to open slightly or that some of the thread from the stitches has started to sag, take your dog to the vet right away. If the incision is left open, dirt, dust, and dander can get into the incision and cause your dog to become very ill.


A major surgery can disrupt your dog's bathroom schedule, but it should not disrupt your dog's schedule so much that he or she is constipated for days on end. If you notice that your dog has not had a bowel movement for two to three days after their surgery, contact their vet right away. The vet may not want you to bring the dog into the office right away, but they may want you to try a few different things to try to relieve your dog's constipation.

If you notice that your dog is not acting like itself, is still very lethargic a few days after the surgery, or that the incision area is not healing as quickly as the vet said that it would, do not be afraid to take her to the vet or to hire a mobile veterinary hospital medical care specialist to come to your home to look at your beloved pet. Your dog should start to feel better a day or two after the surgery. While your dog will not be running and jumping as much as they were before the surgery, they should not be lying around all day either.