Recovery Time for Dogs After Neutering

Dogs recovery times from surgery vary but preparation can get your animal back to normal faster. Neutering of males is required to prevent them from producing unwanted litters and to control the animal population. Neutering is sometimes recommended for overly aggressive animals because the reduction of testosterone calms them down. Neutering is also used for males that have genetic issues so that the problems are not passed on to future litters.

For a dog neuter, the animal is put under anaesthesia and the testicles are removed. The veterinarian then stitches the animal closed and provides medicine to guard against infection. While no dog operation is completely without risk, this type of dog surgery typically does not have serious complications. Males will usually recover within two to three days, but the incision area can remain sensitive for a week.

Signs of Infection

  • Fever of 102 degrees Fahrenheit or greater
  • Discharge from the incision
  • Bleeding from the incision
  • Swelling or redness at the incision
  • Refusal to eat or drink water
  • Painful urination
  • Lethargy for more than 2 days after operation

If your animal displays any of these symptoms, it may mean he has an infection. To prevent further complications, consult your veterinarian. Infections can usually be managed through a series of antibiotic medications.