Susie the six-month-old Shih Tzu just got spayed. Because she was trying to lick her incision, the veterinarian recommended she wear a cone, also called an e-collar. Now Susie can't lick her incision, or the rest of her body either. This means Susie cannot attend to her usual self-grooming activity. To make matters worse, she peed on herself during recover from anesthesia and vomited after her first meal the evening of her surgery. Susie is a hot mess! Her owner needs to clean her up a bit, but the veterinarian said not to bathe her for at least 10-14 days, as immersing Susie in water could cause her incision to become contaminated with dirty water and cause stitches to loosen and come apart. Cleaning Susie is going to require some creative workarounds so she is not covered in yucky fluids and her incision is not compromised.
Remember, stitches should not be exposed to water, which could loosen them and cause an incision to open. Also, dirty water from bathing can introduce bacteria into an incision. Avoid bathing for one to two weeks after your puppy's spay. Clean using localized methods and be gentle with your girl, she needs some tender loving care!
Hello, my doggie was spayed yesterday and during the procedure she defecated
on herself. They did not clean her up during the surgery,but did as best they could after and when i came to collect her i cleaned her up more (mostly her fur was affected and I didn’t go near the incision. How common is it for dogs to do that during surgery and should i be concerned? Also, i put her in a doggy onesie to sleep as i could not get a diaper on her and during the night she somehow managed to get to her pee pad which was only a few inches away, however when i checked on her soon after, she had wet thru the onsie and i am worried that some urine may have gotten on her incision. Should i be concerned? Thank you so much for your help.
Hi there and thank you for the question. I hope Sybil is doing well today. I am sure the vet will call today to see how Sybil is doing and you can inquire with them. Or, even better, put in a call to them now so that you can clean the incision per their instructions. Being a groomer and not a vet, I feel asking the vet is the best thing to do. All the best to you and Sybil!
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