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What to expect after a dog’s spaying in Costa Mesa

What to expect after a dog’s spaying

Spaying a dog is one way to help her live a long, healthy life. While it is a routine procedure, it is still a surgery with a healing period. Here is what Newport Beach area pet owners need to know about recovery when bringing a dog home after being spayed at All Creatures Care Cottage in Costa Mesa.

Immediately after the procedure

  • Discuss post-op management of your pet before returning home. Make sure to understand directions for administering pain medication, and have prescriptions filled.
  • Your dog needs time to herself while she is recovering. Keep her in a private area, away from other pets or children to allow her to rest.
  • It is also important to keep her from chewing or licking the incision. An e-collar can keep her from opening the wound.
  • Because anesthesia can cause nausea, wait to feed her until she has been home several hours. Start with small amounts of food to be sure she can tolerate it. If she vomits, restrict food until the next morning.

Maintaining proper activity levels

Limit your dog from jumping onto beds or other furniture and running up the stairs, for the first two weeks. Keep her inside as much as possible and away from male dogs for about a month. Short walks are okay.

When to be concerned

It is normal for your dog to be sleepy or agitated the day of surgery. Small amounts of blood and minor swelling or redness is also normal for about a week.

If after the first day she is unable to stand or walk, refuses to eat or drink, has vomiting or diarrhea, or is coughing, contact us as soon as possible at (949) 430-7576. In addition, bring her in right away if she has difficulty breathing, an open wound, or significant bleeding and swelling.

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Dr. Rand Spongberg, BSc, BVMS

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A graduate from the University of California, Irvine, and Murdoch University, Dr. Rand Spongberg brings with him a plethora of skills and expertise. He is a very well established veterinarian who has a passion for animal welfare and is a firm believer in taking care of both the pet and its owner.

Dr. Spongberg prioritizes his relationships with the owners of the pets that are brought to him for help as maintaining a bond of trust and respect allows for him to better diagnose, treat and help the animals that come to him. Quality of work has always been a part of his repertoire and giving animals the best possible care whilst under his control is something Dr. Spongberg is happy to be responsible for.

In addition to being a service oriented person with a genuine compassion for animals, Dr. Spongberg maintains active memberships at the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association and is the proud new owner of All Creatures Care Cottage Veterinary Hospital.