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Post-op Instructions
For the Cat Neuter

Randy Walker DVM

Today we performed a neuter.  Although we expect no complications from the surgery, we ask that you follow these instructions:

1.  When you get home, please give your pet a tiny amount of food (just to taste) and a small amount of water (a couple of swallows).  Then wait about one hour while observing the pet for nauseousness (upset stomach or vomiting).  The majority of patients do not experience nauseousness after a neuter but some do, especially if they consume a large amount of food and water immediately afterward.

2.  Then, after waiting about an hour, give your pet light (small) amounts of food during the remainder of the day along with water free choice.  If the patient shows little or no interest in food today, this is usually no cause for concern.

3.  Beginning tomorrow, go back to the pet’s regular feeding schedule.  If inappitence or nauseousness persist, please contact us at (480) 895-7633.

4.  If any questions or problems should arise after hours, please call our emergency hospital, First Regional Animal Hospital at (480) 732-0018

5.  Some patients (I estimate about one or two out of every 20) will experience some intermittent coughing after the surgery.  This is due to minor irritation of the trachea from our endotracheal tube we used with our gas anesthesia and is usually no cause for alarm.

If coughing persists into the next day, please contact us at (480) 895-7633.  If coughing becomes exaggerated or sever, please call our emergency hospital, (480) 732-0018.

6.  Please watch for any licking or chewing of the surgery site.  I estimate about one or two out of every 100 (about 1-2%) surgery patients will lick or chew their sutures so this is rare.  However, on those rare occasions when the patient does lick or chew the area, they can do a lot of damage to the surgery site in a very short period of time.  So if you see  this, please call us immediately.

7.  Reduce activity for the next 7 days.  Jumping, climbing, “rough-housing” and all other vigorous activity should be kept to a minimum.

8.  Please visually check the surgery site once a day for the next 7 days.  Please do not tough or otherwise handle the incision.  Again, problems with the incision are rare but if you see any problems or have any questions please call us.9.  Do not get the surgery site wet for the next 10 days.  This includes bathing (no baths for the next 10 days).  If your cat gets dirty, you can perform a sponge bath but please avoid getting the surgery site wet.

10.When you first get home, you may notice a small amount of “goopy” discharge from the eyes.  This is from the bland ophthalmic ointment we use during anesthesia and is normal.  You may use a clean cloth or paper towel to wipe away any excess ointment that may be on the face but please avoid wiping the eyes directly with the cloth.

About the incision…

·  You will notice that the neuter incision is made in two areas into the scrotum and that no sutures are used here.  This is normal and we intentionally leave the incision open to drain.  (If sutures are used here they can cause many problems so we don’t use them.)

- Tomorrow, you will notice that the scrotum will be swollen about twice normal size.  This is normal and the swelling will gradually decrease over the next several days.  After the surgery site completely heals, the scrotal area will usually seal down so that we end up with a very cosmetic appearance.  This normally takes a couple of weeks to resolve completely.

·  You may notice a small amount of dried blood near the surgery site.  This is normal and is nothing to worry about.

·  Sometimes it helps to replace the normal litter with shredded paper for the next couple of days.  This can reduce the likelihood of irritation to the surgery site.  If your cat objects to the paper litter (some do), then change back to the regular litter and monitor the surgery site for irritation.  (I personally believe the paper litter after a neuter is more traditional than of any real importance.)

·  It’s normal to see a small amount of clear discharge from the surgery site for the next couple of days.  But if you notice discharge that contains puss or blood, this is abnormal and you should call us.  This could mean we have chewing or licking (some patients can be very sneaky about this) or some other problem going on.  Again, problems with the surgery site are fairly rare, but if any question comes up, please don’t hesitate to call.

Again, if there are any questions please call us at (480) 895-7633.


- Randy Walker DVM
Sun Lakes Animal Clinic
May 17,2004



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