Sarah Wilson

Dog Expert

What to Expect After Neutering a Dog


Caras was neutered.The dog stumbles on the curb as I walk him to the car. I’m ready for it because I know what to expect after neutering a dog. After this blog, you’ll be ready, too.

Day Of Neuter Surgery

Some vets allow dogs to go home the same day and others keep your dog overnight. Both approaches are normal. If your dog comes home the same day, this is what I would expect:

  • Your dog may be groggy and disoriented from the anesthesia so watch him. He may stumble down stairs or trip off the curb as described above. I keep dogs on leash and a wide flat collar or back clip harness with me outside and inside, if there are stairs that I cannot block off.
  • Pain meds. Giving dogs pain relief after surgery is standard practice. Thankfully.
  • May or may not poop. Depends on the dog, but I am not surprised when they do not. They should tomorrow. If assuming the position is painful, they may have a few false starts or poop in an unusual pose for a couple of days.
  • Keep things clean. I clean the crate with a bleach wipes daily and make sure any bedding is fresh and clean. I continue this practice for the first week.
  • Limit food and water. The general guideline I’ve been given is 1/2 the normal amount that evening. This is to prevent tummy upset and vomiting post anesthesia. Always follow your vet’s guidelines.
  • Expect a lot of sleeping. They may snore. They may sleep with the tip of their tongue hanging out.
  • Prevent climbing up or jumping off things. Remember, they just had surgery. No gymnastics, no matter how “ordinary” it may seem. Focus them on floor level flop zones, sitting on the floor  with your dog can accomplish this, or crate them, if control is difficult.
  • If they were given IV fluids, they will pee… a lot… multiple times. So walk outside, on leash, a few times until the lengthy peeing stops.

Days After Neuter Surgery

  • Dogs recover from surgery shockingly fast. Some dogs will feel darn near 100% 24-36 hours after and then your work really begins: Keeping them from overdoing things.
  • Female surgery involves cutting the muscles into the belly. They must be kept on leash and calm during the first 7-10 days, as directed by the veterinarian. Don’t take your dogs word for what is good to do. Dogs are very bad judges of such things. She’ll tell you rabbit chasing and stair racing are great. They are not. On leash, inside and out, with lots of engrossing (and sometimes just gross) chews, food toys and other “projects” is the plan.
  • Male surgery, though harder for many psychologically, is a smaller, “simple” skin incision. Nonetheless, male dogs, too, must be kept quiet for as long as your veterinarian advises.
  • Sometimes fluid will fill the scrotum after surgery making your male dog appear unneutered. In time, this will be absorbed by the body. If you have questions or concerns, always call your veterinarian.
  • The rapid change in hormones that come after neutering a dog can cause accidents. So walk more often and, as mentioned above, crate your dog. This will pass, in my experience, in 10-14 days. Please don’t be angry if an accident happens, your dog is surprised, too.
  • Wounds really start to itch about 5-7 days into healing so watch your dog for licking. If they start to worry the wound you’ll need to use a Bite Not Collar, Comfy Cone or E-Collar for a few days.

The good news is that neutering a dog only happens once. When the healing is done, your dog will be ready to go!

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  1. We just adopted a 3 year old shih tzu, who was neutered 11 days ago. We’ve had him for 2 days. He gets taken out about every 1-2 hours and he has not had any long pees. He does seem to be marking, but I’m not sure. Any suggestions??

    • Hi Evelyn – congrats on your new shih tzu! It’ll take about 6 weeks for his hormones to completely shift over to neutered status. And, if he was a big marker before, he may not know how to really let it all go at once. Also, he may be anxious about being adopted (that is standard) and that anxiety can increase him marking.

      Is he clean in your home?

  2. Hi! I have two Shih Tzu puppies one female and the other a male; they both are siblings. Both puppies are 6 months of age. The female seems to have potty training down. She will use the potty pads each time. The male on the other hand does not. He will poop on the pad, but he recently stopped peeing on the pad this week. He was neutered almost two weeks ago. The female will be spayed in a few days.

    I would like to know what may be the cause of my male puppy not using the pad to pee anymore? My partner and I are planning to contact our vet to see if there is a medical problem. We almost think there could be a possibility that he is acting out for an unknown reason.


  3. Hi there. my weimeraner was castrated a week ago… his behaviour of the last couple of days has been so hyper active… he has had plenty of exercise , so I can’t understand why he is being so crazy?

    • Hi Clare –

      Hmmm… a week ago is a bit early for plenty of exercise. He’s still healing up. I know it is basically self-defense at this point but I’d focus on leash work and self-control, not running hard yet.

      As long as you vet says he’s healing well, then could be rapid hormonal changes (how old is he) or confusion (if extra attention is being given).

      Either way, same recipe should help: On leash work, self-control, plenty of rest and tincture of time.


  4. I have had my dog for 2 months and no peeing in the house. I got him nuetered a week ago and since then he has peed in the house 4 times. I have him on a schedule for eating and going out and actively goes but still also in the house. Can you help me determine why this is happening

  5. Why does my Bishon frise puppie keep sitting down when walking since his castration he also keeps hiding in corners which he did not do before

    • Hi Tina –

      That’s a question for his veterinarian first. Assuming all is well medically and that he’s on the pain relief needed after major surgery, then we can guess something behavioral.

      Hopefully he’ll snap out of it soon. – Sarah

    • hi tina,
      My Pomeranian puppy did that too. did you notice panting? Hes gotten over it over this last week but for Teddy it was just a case of needing to take a break. He was still sore (hence the panting and restlessness in the house) but wanted to walk. I just took him for short walks on dry roads and paths allowing him plenty of time to stop and sniff so we made it more of a sensory walk than just exercise based- which cheered him up a bit. Hope that helps

  6. Our 1 year old Retriever was castrated on Wednesday and try as we may to keep him to rest he is just as active. But today (Saturday) he has been sick several times. He seems well in himself but its a worry to hear a dog wretching.

    Also his poo is runny today and hasn’t been up to now.

    Is this normal post op stuff or should we watch for anything else?

    • Hi Colin –

      That is not normal, in my non-vet experience. Is he on antibiotics? Could be a reaction to meds but I’d run it past his veterinarian, for sure.

  7. We just adopted a. 3 mo old Daschund-Terrier mix. He was neutered three days ago, has a mildly warm dry nose, and is.pretty sleepy. He’s been alert and playful for small periods, but we have really tried to keep him melloweven during these small moments. Should we be worried? Or is this typical? There’s no swelling or evidence of infection at the incision site,. It does seem like he may have a bit of a cold. Advice?

    • Hi Bianca – Congrats on your new rescue. That’s a cute mix. :)

      I’m not a vet, as you know, so I share this from my experience in rescue and in dogs. A dog in a new home may sleep for many days as they catch up with the stress/changes on the rescue experience. A dog can get a kennel cough (doggy cold) during rescue, as their immune system is stressed by the stress.

      But, there are more serious things that can look like a cold at first so watch him like a hawk. If he seems sick rather than sleepy (skips meals, diarrhea, bad congestion), you R-U-S-H to the vet ASAP. And, I would talk to his vet when the office opens next to get your concerns answered by people who know your dog, know that rescue and may know what’s “going around”.

      I hope all is normal with your little one. – Sarah

  8. My barely 6-month old Yorkie was neutered two days ago. The surgery was performed in the evening and he spent the night afterwards at the clinic for 24-hour observation.

    Up until this point his potty training has been 100%. He always goes ONLY on his potty pad. Tonight, though, he peed on the bed, not once but twice. The first time, I wasn’t entirely sure, as I noticed a little spot after I walked back into the room after stepping out, but it had no odor. The second time though, he stood up, assumed his usual squatting pee pose, and just peed a copious amount all over the bed, tail erect, no sign of fear or embarrassment or having done something wrong. Anyways, I did not punish but I crated him afterwards. I’m wondering if this is normal two-days post-op or I should be concerned? Could all his training have been forgotten in one night in a vet kennel without a potty pad, or is this a symptom of surgery, a an adverse effect of surgery? Thanks so much.

  9. Hi,

    I just got my 2yr old neutered that I got from the shelter — turns out he was bilateral cryptorchid. Any way, he was the master of markers before outside, and now when I take him out, at least last night and this morning, I noticed he did not mark as much nor did he really go to the bathroom. Instead, this morning, he went on the carpet in front of me. I have not seen him make a mistake inside, besides when first getting him used to his crate. After that, I never saw a mistake.

    I saw you mention that they may not be used to going all at once. Do I need to redo house training making sure when they are outside they really do go? He stays in his create usually, but I wonder if I need to slim it down again?

    Thanks for any suggestions.

    • He’s in recovery so more walks outside, more supervision inside, more eagle eye for the moment and more crate rest are all helpful. This too shall pass and he’ll be all healed up in 10-14 days.

      If you have any worries or he seems in pain or sick, call your vet ASAP.

      Best – Sarah

  10. Hi Sarah – Back in May, you replied to some that it takes about 6 weeks for the hormones to settle down. I was wondering if you can expand on that as to what changes one can expect (in a male). I’m assuming less marking, less mounting (if not too entrenched), etc. Anything else?

    Also, we are about 12 days past neutering (11 month old, Maltese/Yorkie/Norwich) and our guy seems a bit more tired than before surgery. Normal? He was at the vet 3 days ago for a bordetella vaccine and she said he looked good.


    • Describe “tired”?

      Resting more? Not barking as much? Less “busy”?

      Could be the combo of almost a year + neutering. As long as he has the vet’s okay, time will tell.
      (At a year, I took my field=bred Springer to the vet. Thought she was sick. Nope. Just a bit grown up. 😉 Hope the same for you.)

  11. I just had my 3 year old shitzhu-poodle mix neutered. He has always been very healthy and has had regular vet checks. It has been 7 days since his surgery. His incision looks great, no redness, no swelling, no discharge. Last night he felt slightly warm but today he feels normal. No other symptoms. He is sheepish acting and is whiny, which is not his normal personality. Should I be worried? He HATES the vet…and considering what happened this last time, I don’t want to take him and stress him out unless it is absolutely necessary.

    • Hi Paula – A week, huh? He “should” be feeling much better soon. At this point, the I would not be expecting infection with the healing you describe; that would have probably shown itself earlier than this. I’ve never had a dog have surgical issues at a week later who had a healthy, healing incision.

      I consider recovery from surgery behavior normal: more tired, possibly in pain (did you his vet give him pain relief?), more “hiding” as many dogs will tuck under or into something when they feel less than well. He’s also having a rapid hormonal shift which he may be reacting to.

      Now dogs do run warmer than us (101.5) and a worried hand can feel that warmth and worry BUT… not a vet and can’t see him so you have to judge the situation. I tend to trust loving pet people instincts quite a lot and if you think something is different or “wrong”, I respect that.

      Hope that is helpful –


  12. I just had my year and a half old american bulldog neutered yesterday . he seems normal he goes to the bathroom outside but when I brought him in last night he was bleeding from his stitches I walked him on a leash in the back yard. He pooped and peed can it be him straining from pooping. I put him in the crate and he goes crazy and barks and almost cries and I’m scared he will hurt himself. He sleeps on the bed with me so last night I put the mattress on the floor so he doesn’t climb. I’m worried about the bleeding and crateing

    • Hi Nicole. I bet you’re worried! Bleeding from the stitches is a “call your veterinarian” situation. Big, active dogs can pull the stitches moving around and they can lick the wound if not in a head cone. Hopefully all is well but please come back and let me know. {{{ }}}

  13. I just found this page after googling about my 2 year old potty trained aussie having an accident on my rug right in front of us- without getting up. He was just neutered today and I found the information on this site very helpful and helpful for keeping me calm. It has the most relevant info and I just wanted to say thanks for it. Thanks for the insight!

    • Sounds like a long day for everyone, Dee. I had and loved Aussies for over 15 years. They are wonderful companions but they can be sensitive to events and chemicals. Especially the merles and chemicals. So, I’m not surprised by your report but I am so pleased to be of help to you during some confusion.

      Things should heal up (and dry up) quickly. Give him a very gentle pat from me and thank you for taking the time to let me know this helped—that is the best reward you can give me. – Sarah

  14. Hi Sarah,
    I just got my dog back from the vet today (he is male). I was wondering if it was normal for dogs poop to be jet black and watery, also gassy as he is pooping, after getting neutered. He spent two days afterwards with the vet before bringing him home today but he ate the same meals as he would have at the house. So I’m not sure whether I should be concerned about this or is this just a phase? (The vet did not tell me anything about black poop when we took him)

    • Hi Mia – I’d certainly give the vet a call. Black poop can be serious (blood in the stool) or it can be a result of medication (pepto turns the stool dark). My guess, from here, is that he has diarrhea after surgery (some dogs do from stress) and they treated him but you have to call and ask.

      Blood in the stool would be extremely unlikely after a neuter, BTW. Never heard of it in 25+ years in dogs but I would check with the vet. Hopefully all is well. – Sarah

  15. Hi Sarah

    We are fostering a stray in our neighbourhood who was spayed two days ago. We used to feed her whenever she comes by. She was sent to our house yesterday afternoon. She is eating very slowly, and doesn’t want to walk at all. Totally listless. She has yet urinate or poo for two days at our place. Is this normal after spaying?



    • Hi Rain –

      “Listless” two days after surgery is unusual. I’d certainly call the vet.

      Additionally, has she ever lived inside? Gone to the bathroom on leash? Both these things might inhibit, confuse a free-ranging dog.

      Fill me in –


  16. Hi, I just adopted a 1 year old miniature pinscher mix. I took him to get neutered today. When we came home he was very out of it and we laid down. He has suddenly got up and started to have diarrhea, it seems to be just pouring out in a sense and it appears to be watery but gel like at times and blood is present. Is this normal? He is moaning while it happens, please any advice is appreciated!

    • Oh, poor little guy.

      Always call your vet about such an extreme thing. My guess? Stress of changing homes (even to a much better one) and surgery threw his tiny system off. But he needs medical support so talk to his vet. I bet a few days of TLC and rest will set him right but find out for sure. Hard way for both of you to start off.

  17. Hi Sarah –
    My 6 month old German shepherd just got nuetered today. I have not yet picked him up from the vet, but I wanted to ask you a few questions so I am prepared for what may happen. He normally sleeps outside in his dog house. Should I put him in his crate inside the house for a few nights? Or is he okay to stay outside!? Also, will he have to pee a lot? He’s not really house trained so I know he’ll pee if he has to in the house wherever. Should I take him outside often? Thank you. Hope to hear back! – Jenna

    • Hi Jenna – Great questions. Yes, bring his crate inside until he is healed up. Yes, walk him more often. Yes, speak to his vet about exercise and his stitches but usually it is “keep him quiet until he is healed up” and that takes a week+. Until then he’s in recovery (though he won’t think so) so it’s on leash or crated. When on leash most dogs will resist peeing so that should help with his house training and that will help for a life time.

      Supervision is key and supervising an outside dog just isn’t possible.

      It’ll be a hassle over the holiday but it’s worth it. Both of you never have to go through it again!

      Hope it all goes smoothly for you both. Thank you for asking.

  18. Hello I got my male dog neutered 11 days ago the last 2 days he’s been having accidents in the house im getting worried is this normal or has my dog now developed a problem? Please help!! :(

    • Hi Heidi – I’ve seen this before. Supervise him more, crate him more and walk him more. Should be done with this phase in less than a week. But… not there, can’t see him so any concerns need to be run past your vet. Oh, and if it has snowed where you are and the accidents are big, could be snow-eating related more than neutering related.

  19. Hi hope you can help I got my dog neutered 11 days ago after 4 days at his follow up check up I told vet he wasnt settleing as if he couldnt lay down that his sack was really red and I thought it was hurting him they gave me antibotics and more pain killer to give and a different type of neck collar to use the first 3 days where fine when given medication but on 4th day he started being sick wasnt keeping anything down I noticed it was after the medication he was being sick until there was nothing left to bring up I have stopped given meds do u think this is whats making him sick I will phone vet when he opens up but he his closed for holiday period could you help with any advice at the moment my dog is a lab doodle and hes 6 years old.

    • Hi Jane –

      Glad you’re contacting your vet. Always a good plan. What I can share is my experience so here goes: Older dogs’ scrotums are going to be more stretched than a pup’s after neutering. Being a “low point” after surgery, I’ve seen them bruise, get red and be quite swollen afterward. That can take a couple of weeks to subside. For the swelling, even longer. And yes, some antibiotics can upset their stomachs (google that med, dogs, and side effects, see what comes up). So, my g-u-e-s-s is that all is basically okay and will just get better.

      If he is otherwise acting normally, that would be reassuring to me. If he is acting sick then I would find an ER. (I don’t know why this stuff so often happens over holidays but it seems to be the rule. If you’re worried, find a clinic that is open. All I can share is my experience, I’m not a vet.)

      Were you instructed to give the meds after he had eaten? That can help some dogs.

      My hope is that the worst is behind both of you on this. It should be, at this point. I hope so. Please let me know. – Sarah

  20. Hi! Hope you can help. My dog got spayed yesterday! She has only peed 2 times since then. Once after she came home and once over night. She hasn’t pooped at all after the surgery. Should I be worried? Thank you for your help/advice!

    • Hi –

      Some dogs, esp. sensitive dogs, will avoid any “pushing” or squatting since they just had abdominal surgery. Bowels can be slowed by pain meds. You may see her walk outside, start to squat, then stop, stand up and walk some more. That can be ouchiness as she squats.

      It is major surgery and dogs can be “off” for several days afterward. But, always – always – consult your vet with concerns. They know your dog and their surgery best.

  21. I got my dog neutered today and he is still bleeding from his cut is that normal

    • That’s best a vet call.

      Some seeping can happen with some dogs, in my experience, but how much and what is normal? Give the vet a ring.

  22. Hi Sarah,

    My 7 years old female dog got spayed two days ago.

    She’s having small meals, drinks much lesser than before.

    I’ve noticed small amount of poop she did, not really like diarehhea but soft?
    Also she tries to pee a lot, nothing much is coming out but everytime she goes out
    she just poses to pee, pee and pee…

    Oh.. Also on the first day she came back after the surgery I could hear this very loud loud gurgling sound…. funny it went away after pooping..

    Called vet to ask if its normal.. and they said it is…
    but I am just still very worried..

    Do you see anything wrong going on here?

    Thanks Sarah

    • Hi David –

      Glad you checked in with your vet. All dogs, and older ones in particular, go through massive hormonal shifts after neutering. It passes but the body can take a while to settle back in. Also, if she was in or near heat, that is even a bigger swing. So feeling “weird” and acting “weird” can be part of that, esp. in the first few days. It is major surgery.

      Soft stool can be a result of the pain medication or other medication.

      My guess is that she’ll be feeling better and better starting today and that your big challenge now will be keeping her quiet so her body can fully heal. She’s lucky to have such a concerned person. Keep me posted.

      • Hi Sarah,

        It’s almost 0900 in New Zealand here,
        its becoming the 5th day my Forman had the surgery.

        And she just did proper poo!!
        so happy!

        She is behaving normal, but still a playing game ‘why did u do this to me dad..’ hahaha

        Thank you for all the advice given Sarah…
        I highly appreciate it!

        • That is good news!

          Smooth sailing from here, I expect. It’s a BIG hormonal swing, depending and where the dog is in their cycle, so she’s adjusting. She should be 100% soon!

          Thanks for letting me know, David.

  23. Hi, my 5 year old Chihuahua was neutered in December 30, and has been wearing the e-collar except for going outside. I decided today to remove the collar, but he has been licking the site like crazy, I guess to remove the crusty stuff or scab. He removed all that crusty stuff, but the incision site looks like when we pick a scab on ourselves, Should I continue him on the collar?

    • Hi Michele – Good job on the healing up! That pink skin beneath is the brandy new healed skin so that part is done. My guess is he will stop once he feels it is “tended”. Has he? If he persists then I would put the collar on and give your vet a call.

  24. Hi Sarah!
    I have a 6 mo. Lab-boxer mix who just got neutered 6 days ago. He has been playful and happy since I brought him home and I have limited his activity, I leash walk him and he really hasn’t licked at his incision site. I understand some swelling is normal but also too much swelling is not normal. His scrotum is swollen about the size of a grape and it is “freckled” red/purple. He is acting completely normal so I am not sure if I should be concerned or not? Thank you for all of your great advice!

    • Hi Candace –

      A grape is actually a small swelling, as such swellings go, and should diminish in a few weeks. Bruising is also to be expected. The scrotum is “downhill” as it were, from the wound so drainage tends to gather there.

      As always, I am not a vet and can only report my experience. But, if a male dog came home to me after neutering with that sized swelling I would not be the least bit concerned.

      If this is a change or your dog acts in anyway abnormally, if the swelling is hot and your dog extremely tender, then I would call the vet ASAP.

      Hope that is helpful and you both will be back to your active lives very soon.

  25. Hi Sarah…

    Yesterday I had my 4 month old chihuahua neutered. Today he was still a little groggy so I left the cone off as I am able to give 100% supervision and able to stop him if he attempts to lick his wound. luckily he has had no accidents in the house as he has been 98% potty trained … Around 6 pm today he back to his old self and was bouncing off the wall and wanting to play and tried licking his wound so of course the Cone went back on.

    I just want to know if it makes me a bad pet owner to keep him crated for longer periods of time as he only goes in his crate at bed time 12am/9am and maybe 2 hours when I run errands. Tonight when I put him to bed he cried and my heart just sank but I know this cone is not fun or comfy for him.

    So basically am I doing right by keeping it on except for when he eats or needs water? I don’t want him to think he is being punished when he know it’s not bed time and him thinking why am I going in

    • Oh, it IS hard, isn’t it?

      But YES, you are doing the right thing. You are helping him heal and protecting him from MORE surgery (what would happen if he opened the wound). So, stay strong!

      And by next week this will be over and you’ll never go through it again.

      In the meantime, cheer him on in his cone. Tell him how handsome, cute, dashing he is in it. Sell him on the idea. Get that little tail wagging. It’ll help both of you manage. :) Sarah

  26. Thank you so much for your quick response

  27. Hi Sarah my 5 month old male boxer/Doberman was fixed today and I noticed a little pink in his urine at the end of his pee is this normal?

    • Hi Katie – What a beautiful dog your pup will be. Pink in the urine would make me call the vet ASAP. Hope all is well but please check. – Sarah

  28. I just adopted a rescue 3 year old terrier mix female. The rescue place of course had her spayed before I could pick her up. She had the surgery yesterday. I picked her up at 4:15 pm. She was sleepy and out of it but overall she looks good. She did take a few laps of water about 9pm last night. No food. This morn around 4pm she again slurp down about a cup of water I stopped her fearing she would get sick if I let her drink her fill. I have pee pads and both my husband and I have took her outside to see if she has to potty. Nothing nada. I’m worried to death. We have waited for this precious angel for 3 weeks. N I don’t want anything to go wrong with her. They didn’t give us any pain med or antibiotics. She seems uncomfortable but I can’t tell if she is hurting. She was a lovey dovey before and now she is super loving now to where we are packing her around. Don’t know if that’s good either. Should she walk on her own? Of course we don’t mind packing her we love her dearly but again don’t want to mess up any of the healing process. Help?

    • Hi April – What a lucky dog you have!

      She is going to be uncomfy for a bit. She had major surgery. And because she had major abdominal surgery, picking her up may cause her pain. A better bet would be to sit on the floor with her and let her curl into you or climb up if she wants. If you MUST pick her up then one hand under her chest and one hand scooping from behind but no hand on her belly and do NOT pick her up “by the arms” in front. Never a good idea and esp. not after surgery.

      I’m not alarmed she hasn’t pottied. Some dogs don’t for a bit. But if she seems sick or is worrying you, talk to her vet.

      What she needs most right now is a lot of sleep and a lot of quiet. She’ll feel better very soon and be ready for her new and much better life with you.

      Does that help? Best, Sarah

  29. Hi Sarah, I’m so glad I found this place with such great info. I have a 3 year old miniature poodle that got neutred and had anal sac rupture 3 days ago. Therefore, you can say that he had 2 surgeries. One he got neutered and two his anal sac was cleaned and left with a drainage tube to prevent infection from the inside. Ok my concer is that my baby is not eating pretty much nothing I feed him. He drinks water but it’s been 2 days 1/2 with out peeing. I take him out side but nothing and he has not pooped since his surgery. I’m worried because since he is it eating and I can’t really give him his medications. My questions is: do you think that his recovery will be longer since he’s not taking meds. Also, not peeing/pooping for that long bad for him complicating his recovery?

    • Hi Marline – Your poor little dog and poor you, too! Please speak to your vet ASAP. His meds – whether anti-biotics or pain relief – are not optional after such surgery. And yes, skipping them could, depending on what is being skipped, cause either complications or slow recovery or both. So sorry. :(

      Not surprised about the pooping, given the pain level and the anal sac surgery, but the no urination has me concerned. So, to repeat myself, please speak to your vet.

      And then do me a favor, if you can, and let me know when all is well.

      I’ll be fretting for you both – Sarah

  30. Hi Sarah
    I was able to take brownie to the veterinarian today and she gave me good news brownie is healing up pretty good. There is no infection in none of his incisions and she took out the drainage tube Now we just need to wait 10 more days for him to heal completely and this morning we took him outside and encouraged him to pee and he did. He is still very fussy and whiny because he still feels pain. He doesn’t want anyone to touch him to the point of biting but hopefully this nightmare will be over soon :)

    • Oh THANK YOU for taking the time to let me know. I’m so glad all is well with Brownie. Phew!

      He may want to hang out near you but be frightened of being picked up. Sit on the floor and do something else. He may well nestle in for a snooze. Let him cuddle on his own and he’ll start to relax.

      And yes, it WILL be over soon. Be well – Sarah

  31. Hi Sarah,

    I rescued a 3 year old Retriever mix recently. He was neutered yesterday (Monday). I have a few concerns.
    The vet sent us home with neither a cone or pain meds. In fact we were told not to put anything around his neck/head for 24 hours. I found this odd and was concerned about him licking.
    He is drinking water but barely eating. He seems completely disinterested in food. He did eat one treat that I left in his crate but that is all.
    Also he of course went to licking. He seems to be leaving the actual sutures alone but has razor burn – which he has licked!
    I went ahead and got a cone.The vet also recommended hot spot spray with lidocaine to numb the area. This seems to help for only a little while.
    I know he is a little older so it may take him a while to bounce back but I’m concerned. He just seems so uncomfortable. He doesn’t even want to lay down. He is falling asleep standing up!

    • Hi Emily –

      It is tough those first hours. Let’s see: many dogs don’t drink a lot as they were on IV fluids and the meds can make dogs not interested in eating that first night. That should normalize today. If not, ring the vet.

      Razor burn is a hassle and happens. That spray will help and the sting of the burn will be gone by tomorrow, I would think.

      Every vet has their own way. No harm, that I have experienced, with a head cone and I feel more comfy using them but your vet knows this dog’s surgery and what works for him/her.

      Now, did your dog finally lay down? Did he or you sleep at all? Maybe you can get some pain relief for him. No harm in reporting his discomfort and seeing about meds. If he has any ortho issues, the procedure may have made him sore (dogs are placed on their backs and paws tethered once they are “under” to keep everything necessarily stable/still for the surgery).

      There will probably be some swelling of the scrotum. Older dogs often have that. But, as always, ask your vet about any concerns.

      Let me know how today goes – Best, Sarah

  32. Hi Sarah,

    My dog is doing loads better. It took a very low dose of asprin (at the vets suggestion) to get him comfortable enough to lie down.
    He has Houdinied his way out of two cones…I’ll take that. I’d rather have rambunctious energy. He seems to be healing.
    Now we are tackling seperation anxiety but I know we will make it through.
    Thanks so much for giving your advice and experience. It gave me some much needed peace of mind!

  33. Hey my dog just got spayed 4 days ago and she really tired all the time she used to be hyper active but now a 10 minute walk will make her sleep for hours she also goes to the toilet ALOT she went 10 times today and didn’t drink any water? She also will no longer play and will just sit there staring at nothing I don’t know if this is normal but it’s worrying.

    • Hi Tianna – Your girl has had major surgery so her exercise intolerance does not surprise. That much peeing does though. If she was spayed close to her heat cycle, major hormonal shifts could cause both these things you notice, but, in general, young dogs bounce back faster than this so I’d certainly talk to her vet. Better to be sure all is well. Certainly hope it is. Best – Sarah

  34. Hi Sara, My puppy was neutered two weeks ago and now besides peeing in the house, which he didn’t do before, he has enormous energy and destroyes his toys and blankets and runs around like a speeding ball. How long does it take for him to calm down again?

    • Hi Fara – What you describe doesn’t really sound like a results of the neuter but more like a case of cabin fever. You in a cold part of the US (and what part of the US isn’t cold right now?). At 2 weeks out, he is all healed up so work that mind with training, work that body with toys and play and keep a good crate schedule to minimize accidents. Good luck! Spring is coming! – Sarah

  35. Hi Sarah, i have a six month old little pom-chi (Pomeranian Chihuahua mix),and he was neutered today, and he was fine up until an hour ago, he started pooping out poop,with quite a bit of blood, and then he would bend over in his pooping position, and let a tiny drop of blood fall. this happened for several minutes…anything i should do?

    • Hi Irvin. What you describe sounds like it could be a stress response. Some dogs, like some people, get an upset gut when stressed and that repeated straining with bright red blood in it (a result of the straining) is often part of that. So… talk to your vet this AM and see what they advise. I would not be panicked but I would take immediate action. Best – Sarah

  36. Hi Sarah, My 3yr old Tibetan Terrier (I got her 8 wks ago) was spayed two weeks ago as well as having a stomach hernia fixed and anal sac cleaned out and cauterised. She of course was a very sick puppy for 7-10 days. This evening I found that she still had one stitch which had not been removed by the vet so as she was sleeping I cut it and removed it without upsetting her. Otherwise she seems to be healing well I thought but then she began to clean her vulva and when I checked it there is blood there. Should I worry about this or ??? Would appreciate your input!

    • Hi Patricia – What a saga you both have been through and what good care you’ve been giving her. Now, there is no reason I can imagine for her to have blood in her vulva so yes, talk to your vet about it. Hoping all is well. Best – Sarah

  37. Hi I just adopted a min pin/chi mix. She was spayed yesterday evening and we picked her up at 10 this morning. She has not went potty and is not eating. Has drank small amount of water. Is this normal?

    • Hi Sarah – It can be. It is major surgery on any dog and sometimes harder on the tiny ones. And it’s always harder on older dogs, too.

      What dogs often need the day after such major surgery, more than anything, is a warm spot to sleep deeply in for a while. A crate is ideal so they can really conk out. Imagine how you’d feel the day after a hysterectomy.

      That said, the little ones can also get into more trouble, medically, and more quickly so always check and double check with her vet.

      If she were in my care, I’d probably try to tempt her to eat a tiny amount just to get some calories into her. Sometimes soaking her food in water or mixing in some plain yogurt can make things more appealing.

      I hope she’s feeling better soon.


  38. My dog was neutered on Monday. Today being Wednesday afternoon my maltipoo will not walk. He has yet to poop. I can’t not even put him down. He makes me hold him 24-7.

    • Hi Lori –

      Well, if his vet says he’s okay, then take him for a walk on leash, if the weather permits. And you’ll have to put him down and do something else. If you are loving on him majorly, he may be anxious because of that. Try acting confident and relaxed, put him down and do other things. After a few minutes of asking for cuddling, he should go off and do something else. You have a VERY smart little dog and I am sure he’s enjoying your constant attention. – Sarah

  39. Hello, I have a 2 year old lab that we just had neutered 6 days ago. In the middle of the night he woke up whining (not a potty whine), spinning in circles, and with his tail between his legs. He walked out of the room and stopped. I checked to make sure that his incision and stitches didn’t look infected etc. We have been keeping him calm and not playing with the other animals in the house. Do you know what could be causing this?

    • Hi Kristina – That is an odd one. Sounds like pain or surprise/unusual sensation. I’d give your vet a call. My guess is it’s nothing major, some phase of healing for him, but best to check. Most upsetting, esp. in the middle of the night. {{{ }}} – Sarah

  40. Hi Sarah, what a wonderful person you are to give all of us worried dog lovers your time, care and advice. Thank you! I’m in Australia and my 7 mth old shitzhu x Maltese was desexed 2 days ago. Understand about the accidents inside and that’s fine, but he’s panting a lot (way more than normal), noisy breathing while sleeping, bit growly which is not usual (don’t blame him) and eating more at meals than ever before. He’s on pain meds and the vet gave a sedative to use for a few days as he was jumping up etc. he’s also a licker so have found a Kong Cloud for him which seems better than the collar. No poops yet. Does Chilli sound ok to you. Sincere thanks again

    • Hi Yvette –

      Panting can be discomfort and /or stress so yes, can be normal. If it concerns you or if your dog looks like he’s in pain, talk to his vet. Noisy breathing can be from the surgery (they tube them for the anesthesia and that can cause this, esp. with short-nosed breeds that have malformed soft palates as a result.)

      Growly – yup, let him sleep, don’t pick him up, let him heal. It could also be a result of the pain meds, oddly enough, Some meds can disinhibit some dogs. Anyway, I would expect that to pass.

      Eating more? Time for controlled, measured meals. No reason for him to be eating more or needing to eat more.

      My guess is he’s fine but his vet is the only one who can actually decide that.

      As for pooping. Pain meds can slow the bowel down and many dogs don’t want to squat or push after that surgery. Make sure he gets a lot of water. Take him for short walks on leash (if that’s okayed by his vet) as moving can get things…um… moving.

      You’re almost through the worst of it. Hang in there! He should be “his old self” by the end of this weekend, if not before. – Sarah

  41. Btw Chilli also had a hernia repaired, three baby teeth out and heartworm injection, poor little guy

    • Oh no! He has heartworms or that’s how you guys prevent it?

      Anyway – no wonder he’s feeling lousy! The mouth heals up quickly and the rest will, too. Give him space, rest and time. {{{ }}}

  42. Thanks soooo much Sarah. He seems a bit better this morning – breathing more normally. Yes, that’s how we prevent heartworm.

  43. Excellent. Thanks for letting me know, Yvette. I do wonder how things progress. Hoping this is all steady improvement now.

  44. Hi, I bought a dog that was rescued from an abusive home, they told me he was a pup until I took him to the vet and he was 4 years old. He’s a chihuahua cross terrier, he’s gotten fixed 3 days ago.. And it’s still red where is balls use to be there blood red, I make sure he doesn’t lick it much, but i feel like when we’re sleeping he licks it a lot. He has been going pee and poop and eating, srinking daily like he use to. Im just scared if he’s gotten it infected.. Or should I still wait for a full week before I start assuming?

    • Sounds like your new friend is lucky to be with you!

      Yes, the now-empty scrotum of an adult dog can get very red, swollen and/or bruised looking after neutering. That is not, in my non-vet experience, unusual but, if you have concerns or need a head cone to keep your dog from licking the wound, talk to his vet. They will know what’s going on.

      Hoping all is well –


  45. Okay thanks a lot Sarah, I could
    Probably sleep more now..
    Lol I barely got any sleep lately, worrying about him. He has been acting like nothing happened, running around jumping on things. I keep on tryna calm him down, but for some reason isn’t listening very we’ll probably because “dad” my boyfriend lol is at work for the week, and he listens to him
    More than me. Thanks for ur time .

  46. My dog was spayed on Wednesday the 18th.The local rescue center took the last litter of her pups & said they would get her fixed so we dont go thru this again.Anyways my dog is panting alot & really is not interested in her food.I can tell shes really in pain cuz shes barley moving.she didnt come home with ny pain meds or antibiotics at all,Is it normal for them to do that…..we cant keep her from getting on the couch or chair.what can we do about all of this?

    • Hi Nancy –

      Oh :( Spaying an older female can be a bigger deal than with pups and seems to, at certain times, cause more of an adjustment/recovery period.

      That said, you’re 3 days post neuter today and she “should” be feeling better so please call your vet and check that all is well with your new friend. Chances are they are but better safe… While you’re chatting, mention her not moving and panting. She does sound like she could be uncomfy and they can help her with that.

      She’s clearly lucky to have you in her life now.


  47. Hello! Just a quick question! :)

    I have two pups. One is 11 months and one is 7 months. I got both of them neutered yesterday. Prior to the surgery, they had lived together for about 3 months and haven’t had any problems. They’d occasionally mount each other but not very often and would play and wrestle for most of the day. Now the younger one is doing just fine, but still a little sleepy, while the older one will NOT leave the younger one alone. He is constantly sniffing, licking or trying to mount him. Like I said, it was rare for either of them to do it before being neutered. Do you think this is just something being caused by the changes in hormones? Do you think it will subside a bit after giving it some time? It’s driving me crazy having to tell him to leave the other guy alone every 5 seconds. The young one is getting pretty annoyed and snippy with him, as well, but he just won’t stop!

    • Hi Jade – Who knows why but definitely intervene. They both need to heal up. Crate them then have then out one at a time. Put him on leash so you can manage him better. Work on his training, he sounds like he needs something to occupy his time. Put up a baby gate between rooms so you can keep him from hassling her. Any of these should help keep the peace. Good luck! – Sarah

  48. Hi Sarah, I have a three year old toy Australian Shepard. She just got spayed yesterday morning and since she’s been home she doesn’t seem to want to take it easy, every time she gets up to move she yelps. I tried putting her in her kennel but she freaked out. Any advice as to what I can do? Also the vet didn’t give me any pain medication, is that normal? Thank you -Taylor

    • Hi Taylor – some dogs get more active when stressed and it sounds like yours may be one. Keep her on leash in the house and with you so she can’t run or jump. If she is active she can tear her sutures and that means an immediate vet trip. I’d call your vet and discuss the yelping and the pain meds.

      Sorry to hear she is stressed in the crate. That certainly makes everything harder. :(


  49. Hi Sarah,
    Wow their are lots of things happening with peoples puppies after searching. Our poor lil man had his op 5 days ago. Food and poo’s are normal. He is on pain relief (biggest sook for a German shepherd) and has a cone when I’m not able to watch him but today (day 5) it appears that when he moves he feels a twinge or itch, takes off like a bull in a china shop then buried his head into the couch or cushions and wants to lick. Only his incision is a little pink now – much better every day. Do you think this is a temporary thing if he’s uncomfortable? I just don’t want him to hurt himself on our tiles and go slippy slidding around the house. Thanks in advance!!

    • Hi Amanda – Day 5 & 6 are itchy days, often. It’s a healing thing and usually a good thing. Keep him on leash with you to prevent bolting and sliding or close the door to minimize scrambling. Check with his vet for suggestions and feedback.

      Sounds like things are probably going well, not that he understands that. Hang in there! Sarah

  50. Hi, I have a 7 month old male pug who was fixed 2 days ago. He seems to be doing great but his eyes are a little bloodshot and he’s trying to play with his other puppy friend here all the time. We’re keeping them separated most of the day until they’re exhausted and both are falling asleep. When can he start playing with her again and are the bloodshot eyes a huge concern? Thank you!

    • Hi Megan – Ask your vet about how long. Usually at least a week. Sometimes 10 days. So, until then, keep them separated and keep him calm. Crate one at a time. Use gates. Keep them on leash with separate handlers. Whatever it takes. Then you’ll be done forever!

      As for the eye, ask about that at the same time. Probably nothing but your vet will know. – Best – Sarah

  51. I need to say thank you it’s the most useful site I found so many questions when you get home and the vets closed. Had my staffie spayed today & she has not pee since bringing her home, mind she hasn’t drunk much either which is worrying, how can I get fluids into her, or will she drink when she ready?

    • Hi Julie – It doesn’t surprise me when dogs take a while to pee after surgery. It’s a big day and a major surgery so I expect them to sleep deeply and often. They don’t want to go out for a walk. Imagine how you might be a few hours after a hysterectomy! As long as everything else is pretty normal and the vet was not concerned, I’d table this worry until tomorrow. Let her sleep. Offer her water when she wakes up. Sometimes I wet my fingers and touch it to their mouth and that can get them going.

      If she doesn’t want to get up, don’t make her until the last out of the day then lovingly insist. She will probably go then. Take your time. Gently ask her to walk a few steps if she stands there spacing out. Take heart, she will probably be much more herself by tomorrow.

      If at anytime she seems truly sick or something changes for the worse, call your vet ASAP. Otherwise, keep her quiet, let her rest, and report how she is in the morning, if you can. Hoping for a good night’s rest for both of you. – Sarah

  52. hi
    We have just re homed a whippet cross bread from a shelter, we know he was neutered aprox 2-3 weeks ago. (we don’t have much information to the date, but the wound is still scabbed. there is no signs of redness or anything ;like that.
    he is a lovely little dog but we have noticed that when another dog goes near this area he growls and shows his teeth. we don’t know if he is still healing or if he is over sensitive or if this could be behaviour. we are just looking for some advice.

    • Hi Emma – Congrats on your new dog! If he has scabs then the surgery was probably more recent than that. So, maybe he’s feeling defensive of that area or maybe he just doesn’t like that in general. Time will tell. Enjoy your new friend! Sarah

  53. 5 month male bichon poodle tzitzu neutered today with et tube for anesthesia. Has not barked since surgery. Is a barker by nature to let me know his specific needs. Should I worry?

    • Hi Ryn – I would not worry, he’s probably still feeling punk after today. I would fully expect him to be feeling great and back in full voice by the weekend. To be even more reassuring, I’ve never seen surgery impact a dog’s ability to bark but I routinely see surgery leaving a dog quiet and healing for a few days, as it does for all of us.

      As always, if you have concerns and questions, give his vet a call. Best –


  54. We just had our almost 4 month old puppy neutered yesterday. When he came home he slept for a while but after like 2 hours he was full of energy. Today all he wants to do is run and play and he’s just a ball of energy. We have another dog who is 2 years old and we are doing our best to keep them from playing with each other but it’s hard because I am home all day by myself. Is it normal for him to have so much energy the day after the surgery?

    • It can be and your job is to keep them separated and him relatively calm for the next week so… great time to work on training! Put him on leash when he is with you and keep those two apart! Have one in their crate when the other is out. Use gates. Use crate toys and good chews in the crate. You’ll all survive the hassle but it is a hassle.

  55. Hi my dog been neutered 3 day ago and he not had a poo since he been neutered I think he need one but he not go

  56. Hi! My mom has two male dogs. One was neutered last year, and the other was neutered 4 days ago. Since the day he came home the two dogs can’t even see each other without fighting to the point of drawing blood. We have been keeping them on separate ends of the house. They never acted this way before. Is this normal? Will it last forever? What can we do?
    Thanks for listening,

    • Hi Jesi – That’s unusual. Sometimes the at-home dog doesn’t recognize the dog who has had surgery so comes on strong. The surgery dog doesn’t know why the other dog is doing that and chaos ensues.

      Options: #1: Good hands on pro help. In lieu of that: Rub them both down with the same towel so you exchange the scents. Use two towels and leave one on each of the dog’s bed. Repeat and switch towels around. Install a gate so they can see each but not attack. Take them for walks – two handlers and at a distance from each other – so they get a chance to settle.

      This “should” settle out if the behavior hasn’t become a problem in its own right now. – Sarah

  57. My 5 month old maltese/cross male was desexed two days ago. In the last 24 hours he has been going crazy trying to get to his stitches, which he can’t reach due to his e collar. He is very distressed, whining, barking, running crazy and unable to settle to sleep.
    Is this just a phase which will wear off, or should I be worried. Is there anything I can give him to settle him down. He is currently on a once per day pain killer.

    • Hi Julie – Well, is he calmer after the pain med or not? If yes, then it’s probably some level of discomfort. If no, then it may be just a novel sensation rather than actual pain. I’d ask his vet tomorrow to be sure. It is not a standard reaction. Sarah

  58. Hi Sarah,
    It has been about 3 weeks after my 6 month old Pomeranian’s surgery. Lately he has been urinating on the sofa and on the carpet. I don’t understand why is he all of a sudden displaying this type of behavior?

    • Hi Beth – That is not a typical response to neutering 3 weeks ago. However, it can be a typical response to getting a lot of attention and babying after neutering. If you might have happened, go to the “You’re Grounded” article here and apply those suggestions. They should help if that is indeed happening. But first, discuss this with his vet. If he has a tick borne illness or a UTI, it could cause these symptoms, too. Good luck! – Sarah

  59. Sarah,

    I just had my 2 year old Chow mix neutered earlier today. He is the typical groggy and sleepy but my concern is he has had two loose stools with a small amount if bright red blood. I called the vet and let a message and found your page.

    What are your thoughts? Thanks!!

    • Hi Kate – I’m glad you called your vet because it’s always good to run such things passed them. In my non-vet experience, this could be “simple” stress for the surgery or the meds or the day itself. Sometimes dogs strain a bit when passing that sort of diarrhea and that straining can cause that sort of bright red blood on the outside of the stool. I never like to see blood on/in a stool but the bright red streaks on the outside worry me the least. That blood is near the exit, as it were. I’ve never had a vet show much worry about such blood. They get things straightened out and that straightens that out. Hoping it is just such a case and that your dog feels much better soon. – Sarah

  60. Hi sarah. I am so excited when I found this site because I have my 6 mos old poodle bichon mixed neutered on Tuesday and I have some concerns. The vet sent us pain killer and an e collar. On the first night he went ok. I think the anesthesia still kicking. But on Wednesday I noticed mild redness and bleeding on the wound. And also his scrotum has some redness too. Not sure if it’s swelling the scrotum was covered by his fur all the time. Anyways, I could see that he isn’t comfortable and he has been licking the wound even with the e collar on. Would it be the itch cozing the excessive licking or just something normal in the healing process. Should I get a different e collar because the current e collar isn’t doing it’s job but making it worse by scratching the wound n scrotum when he licking.

    • Hello yu de – Talk to his vet and get a different e-collar. If it doesn’t prevent such licking than it’s the wrong collar for your pup (or it needs to be snugged up tighter and higher on his neck, if he can push it down that can allow for this.) Licking can certainly contribute to redness though it can also be normal for some dogs but don’t like the sound of bleeding and only his vet can sort out such concerns. Hopefully all is well. – Sarah

  61. Hi sarah i have a golden retriever puppy that is about seven months old and we got her spayed 4 days ago. There is a hard lump around the incision and a small amount of drainage.

    • Hi Klary – The body can have a reaction to the internal sutures (there are a couple of layers of sutures) and that reaction can feel like a hard bump or a series of hard little lumps under the skin. So that is most probably that. But the drainage you want to speak to your vet about. Any drainage from a surgical incision needs veterinary review and, when you do, ask about the lump, too. My guess is she’s just fine but you need to double check today. – Sarah

  62. Hi Sarah,

    I have a 7 almost 8 year old shih tzu named Miley she is my baby. In a couple days she is going to be spayed as well as have a small mammary tumour removed about 2 1/2 centimeters in size which the vet figures is benign because It’s not attached. Miley had testing done to make sure she is okay to have the surgery but I still can’t help but worry what If my baby doesn’t wake up from the anesthesia.? What are the chances of that happening?

    • Hi Terry – It has been many years (maybe a couple of decades?) since I’ve heard of a dog not waking up after a spay, even with the mammary surgery, too. It IS scary and it is hard not to think of worst outcomes but you’re doing the right thing for Miley’s long-term health. PLEASE come by and let me know when she is awake and it is over. We’ll be relieved together. – Sarah

      • Thank you so much Sarah just hearing somebody say that does make it better. There are so many things going through my head of things that could go wrong. I really appreciate your response her surgery is Thursday morning so I will be sure to message you back Thursday night to let you know how It goes :) Thank you again for your quick reply 😉 – Terry

  63. Hi Sarah, I am happy to tell you Miley is out of Surgery and awake and everything went well. :) She does have a canine tooth in her gums that never erupted and It has a bit of swelling. but she has lived with that her whole 7 years so were just going to keep an eye on it. I am so happy right now that she made it through the surgery. Thank you again for your response and your caring words :)

  64. P.S That was the longest 5 hours of my life he he

  65. Hi Sarah!

    I have a 7 month old cane corso female pup. We got her spayed on May 20th and she is still having accidents in the house at least once a day. I expected accidents, but is this normal? We are an outside family and she is definitely an outside dog, so I know talking her out is not an issue.

    • Hi Kallyn – If they are big puddles than take her out more than you are and on a schedule. Crate her when you can’t keep an eye on her. If they are lots of small puddles than she may have an infection. Either way, I’d certainly run things by her vet.

  66. What happens if the day they’re getting nature they drink water

    • Hi Lisette – Let your vet know. The concern is dog’s vomiting under anesthesia and inhaling the mess. That is why they are not supposed to eat or drink before surgery. However, water leaves the stomach pretty quickly. Your vet will know what is safe for your dog. Good question – Sarah

  67. Hi, my 8 month schnauzer was neutered aprox 3 weeks ago. Yesterday we did some visiting around and one dog was humping him before we could rescue him. Tonight he is very moopy and whiny. I checked his incision area and it appears some swollen and a little irritated. What can we do until we call the vet. We are thinking of kenneling him again, he was fully trained before surgery and now seems to pee on the carpet. What are we to think about all of this?

    • Hi Kate –

      Three weeks after surgery your dog should be entirely healed. My guess is that the normal bumps under the skin from the internal sutures plus the pale but bright pink of a healing wound may be what you see but please get it checked. I can only guess and you need to know.

      Riding out the hormonal changes can take a bit longer so yes, kenneling would help. At 8-months, he’s young to be out of the crate full time so I would not hesitate to crate him again and on a schedule for at least a few weeks.

      He should be in NO discomfort from the surgery itself now so please get him checked. Oh and the humping may be unrelated. Some dogs hump everything in sight. Keep me posted – Sarah

  68. Hi I’ve had my male shistzu neutered and he’s started carrying a squeaky toy everywhere with him he sits for ages with it in his mouth he takes it to bed. He won’t bother with his other toys like he use to is this normal after neutering

    • Hi Michaela – How long ago was he neutered? No real thought about this one and, luckily, it seems harmless enough. I might get a few more of that toy since he has such a strong preference. If you want this to stop for some reason, you can take the toy away completely but I, personally, don’t see any particular reason to do that. Best – Sarah

  69. I just had my 8 year old beagle/lab nurtured. His testicles were quite large and he now has a lot of skin hanging there.
    Given his age and their size, will the skin shrink?

    • Over time, yes. Maybe not all the way, like a pup, but they will lose that “deflated balloon” look. It will take a while though.

  70. I just got my 2 year old Golden Neutered. My vet told me that his recovery time would be be no more than a couple of days so i planned it for when I was off so I could be with him. Well when I pick him up the surgeon tells me 2 weeks!!!!!!! Because they used external stitches!! I received no answer he is not sleeping he pulled one e collar off he was eating now he is not and surgery was 5 days ago. He is energetic but doesn’t want to play with his toys should I be concerned??

    • Hi Joe – All sounds normal (a hassle but normal.) Recovery time from the surgery itself—a couple of days. As you now see. He now feels ALL BETTER! Healing time for the incision? 10-14 days. And that is what it is. There is no shortening it. Even with internal stitches, it’s still about that long.

      So, get that plastic collar back on him properly and batten down the hatches. He can (and probably will) pull all those stitches out if he can and you’ll be right back into surgery so – plastic collar, on leash when out of confinement, a great time for training, no leaping or racing around and it’s a great time for chews he likes. Hang in there. It’ll be over soon!

      Oh, and check with your vet about the eating. If he was eating after the surgery and now he is not, vet! If he was eating before the surgery and now he isn’t since, he probably will start again soon but I’d still chat with the vet. Sarah

  71. Hello Sarah,

    My parents are planning to take my two year old golden labradoodle to the vet soon but I have some concerns. We had got him fixed a while back I can’t remember the date and a couple of days ago I noticed that his sac is red and swollen like it looks like it could be infected. I looked up some stuff about it and I’ve seen that it could possibly be fluid just filling it up or he might have nipped at it and caused the swelling. But I’m worried that it might be cancer. He isn’t really using the bathroom , im assuming it’s because of the irritation . I guess my question is is there anything I can do at home that would help him before he goes to the vet?

    • Hi – Such fluid is often, as you say, normal and decreases with time but glad you’re parents are taking him in for a check up. Always best.

      Why would you think cancer? Just worried? Would not expect that. And not sure what you mean by “isn’t really using the bathroom.” Not lifting his leg? If your dog is active and happy, I’d get him checked but would not be too worried. – Sarah

  72. Hi Sarah, I just had my 2 year old English bulldog/husky mix neutered two days which makes today the third day. He used to be very hyperactive and always wants affection. Now he’s just mellow? I wonder if he’s in pain but it doesn’t seem like it. He’s not whining nor is he hiding. The only thing that’s normal is the fact he’s going to the bathroom when we take him for short slow walks. His incision is normal, it’s not opened or is it bleeding but it’s like moist? It’s not from his licking. So my question is that, is he behaving normal and does everything seem to be okay from what I’m describing?

    • Hi Krist – It is not unusual for a dog to be quiet for a few days post surgery, so, from your description, he sounds like he is behaving normally, just quietly.

      Of course, always ask your vet, but a dog who is eating, sleeping, peeing and pooping normally without any incision redness or opening may just be a dog who is more sensitive to the surgery than others. Certainly a bulldog mix might be. Glad you are keeping such a close eye on him and don’t be surprised if he is back, in force, later today.

      Now, is there a pic of him up anywhere on the ‘net? I’d love to see a bulldog/husky mix. Sarah

  73. Hi Sarah , what do you mean sensitive? As of right now he’s just sleeping. There’s none online and this page doesn’t allow me to post pictures. But the bulldog gave birth to 4 puppies, three of them had bone structures like the husky. On top of that they acquired the muscular body from the English bulldog. So to sum it up, they mostly look like a pitbull (colors :brindle, light brown, white , and black) with a husky tail. If you want to see a picture I would gladly send you some.

  74. Hi there,, I’m looking for any sort of advice please and am grateful for any help with my question regarding on my eleven month old mixed breed springer//laberdor dog. Yesterday he had been neutered. Max is usely each day very very hyperactive type of dog always playful at all times. Myself and my family give him so much love. Since the operation he was slightly drowsy but also still slightly active after his surgery. He has been more crying which I had an idea he would be after all it is a major type of operation for any animal to go through. We are finding it rather difficult to keep max from licking his wound each time he does this we gently try remove him away from licking his womb. And he has recently been slightly snapping a little with showing his teeth when try to stop him doing this. And as he knows that by doing this is wrong he seems to say sorry by giving paw and giving us a kiss. I do feel for him as its an animals instinct to clean there own cuts and wounds. But really finding difficulty with trying keep max from licking his wound. Also he has peed normally however I’m little bit more concerned as he has not pooped since got him home after his surgery and worried incase this may cause max to feel have more pain as it can do this. And I don’t know what to do if he still not able to poop please please any help is very much appreciated. Thank you very much.

    • Hi Mary –

      Being sleepy a day after surgery is usually normal and so is not pooping for a day or two. It can be a reaction to the medication used to sedate him during surgery.

      The licking? Does his veterinarian have a plastic headline? That is what most people use to prevent the dog from licking and possibly reopening the wound. It IS natural for a dog to lick at a wound but natural doesn’t always mean safe. He can remove the stitches and reopen the wound so it has to be stopped until he is healed up. 10 days or so, usually.

      The pooping should resolve later today or tomorrow. If you have concerns, always speak to his vet as his doctor knows best.

      Hope this is helpful –


  75. My 8 mo Portuguese Water Dog was neutered 7 days ago. Incision was healing nicely but his scrotum started to swell on the third day. It’s hard and about the size of an egg. We’ve kept exercise to a minimum and out in his cone whenever we see him starting to lick. It looked like it was getting smaller until tonight. He had a bout of uncontrollable licking. He was frantic. We put the cone on and it actually seemed to scratch the incision from all his twisting and turning while trying to lick himself. It’s now weeping clear fluid mixed with blood. Is this normal for itching to start so late after surgery? Is this a complication of some sort?

    • Hi Tracey – That clearish, brownish fluid is probably serous fluid; a common fluid the body produces after injury. And yes, wounds can get VERY itchy as they heal (normally around day 5-7 or so in my experience.) And yes, the scrotum can fill with that fluid and then is re-absorbed, over many weeks/months. All THAT said, a seeping wound is not normal and I would absolutely get him checked by his vet just to make sure all is well.

  76. Hi. Our 7 month old male Cocker spaniel was castrated today, he seems fine in himself but is really lively and will not settle down. We’ve put loads of his favourite blankets and his bed on the floor but he just keeps walking around or trying to jump on things. He also keeps trying to luck his wound despite having a collar on. Any advice on how to keep him calmer? Thank you. X

    • Hi Katie – Keeping him on leash in the house with you can minimize his activity. Sounds like you’re going to have your hands full for the next 10 days! – Sarah

  77. Hi, Sarah. We just adopted a 2 yr-old German Sheprador (German Shepherd / Labrador Retreiver mix) from our local shelter who required neutering at their contracted vet. We picked our fur baby up Thursday afternoon and all has been normal until today when we noticed some clear, bloody discharge at the incision site – maybe a drop every 20 min. or so. Since it’s the weekend, I’m not sure if I should take him to the emergency vet hospital or watch/treat him at home if it doesn’t worsen and take him to our regular vet 1st thing Monday morning. Any suggestions?

  78. It has been 6 days since my chihuahua was neutered. They sent him home with 3 days worth of pain meds. He had a normal bowel movement a couple of days after the surgery, but the next one he had (about 4 days after the surgery), was a large amount of stool, and right at the end he yelped in pain. This morning he had trouble going, only got a little out, and yelped like he was in great pain twice. What could be wrong?

    • Hi Rebekah – That is unusual and, I am sure, really upsetting. I would certainly ask his vet about it. That said, some dogs are more sensitive to discomfort than others, just like people. It seems possible that bearing down while passing a stool is causing some surprising pain. But, that is not typical, in my non-vet experience and I would talk to his vet about it. Sorry he’s yelping. It is so distressing when our dogs are in distress. – Sarah

  79. Hi!

    My boy, Ghost, was neutered this morning. He is 5 month old, 21kg & a staffy x bull arab. We also have an almost 4 year old staffy Girl, Voodoo. We were told we have to keep them separate 7-10 days.

    The problem we are having is:
    When they are separated, they howl, yelp & bark
    When they are together, they play
    I have him sedated (not to mention still being under the effects of the anesthetic) but he STILL WANTS TO PLAY

    Our girl, I have managed to keep calm, but he keeps climbing all over her & wanting to play.

    AND we were told not to let him climb up & down stairs or on furniture for 7-10 days.

    However, when he tries climbing up on the couch, I carry him up on to the couch to sleep, he climbs down & then jumps back up. I stop him from jumping up & he barks at me, walks away, then jumps up somewhere out of reach or sight. Even when he was shut in the other room, he was jumping at walls, jumping at the door & jumping up at everything he could.

    What can I do? I am so scared he is going to bust his stitches. Please help me!!!!!!!!!

    Our girl wasn’t this much of a problem BUT she was 1 when she was desexed & the sedation seemed to work for her. The sedation doesn’t seem to be working on our boy.

    • Hi there – Yup, you’ve got your hands full! Crates for both and on leash for him when he is out with you. Great time to work your sits, downs and self control. Great time to work separation from each other as that upset will not get better with time. It will get worse without your help.

      Good luck! You can do it! Sarah

  80. My 8 month old female OES puppy was spayed on Friday August 21st 2015. She ended up needing umbilical hernia surgery as well. It’s now 4-5 days post-op. She has been wearing her cone and taking her tramadol regularly as prescribed.

    My question/issue is she seems overly restless. Constantly pacing or standing. Never seeming to lay down or rest at all. It’s now giving me anxiety. Not sure what there is to do. I really just want her to seem settled and/or lay down and rest some.


    Reed and Rosie

    • Hi Reed –

      My guess would be still uncomfortable for whatever reason. Sometimes pups can be sore after been tied on their backs for the procedure (standard and necessary practice, done when the dog is already “out”.) Some pups are really uncomfortable with the cone (also necessary.) Hopefully she will feel better and settle soon. She’s halfway there!

  81. We had our 6 month old Scottie neutered yesterday!! Today he is overly active, running, jumping and just won’t lay still for more than 2 minutes!!! Is this normal?

    • Hi Cindy – Every dog reacts differently and terriers have their own special “wiring” at times. So crating and keeping him on leash so he can’t open his wounds is key. 1 day closer to healed… Good luck! Sarah

  82. Hi I neutered 2 male dogs in february 2015. one of which was 8 month mixed breed- a stray dog and a 10 yrs griffon. After neutering both were confined in house for a week. Yesterday I noticed a few drops of blood on the floor. After checking both dogs, I found slight blood on both dog’s penis. I have neutered many steet dogs and never faced this problem. Any advise please?

    • Sorry I missed this and hope it is resolved by now. Have no idea and I agree with you that it is not normal. Did you get an answer on what was going on?

  83. Hi I adopted a 2 yr old terrier mix from a shelter.. They told me he was found in the streets. They didn’t really have any formation to give me about him, he was a little scared of people there all I knew.
    So in order for me to bring him home they needed to neuter him first then the next day I could pick him up and bring him home.. They gave me pain medication for 3 days and a cone do he won’t like.
    First night he did a little bit of poop outdoors on his leesh only , the 2nd day he only urinated in my living room.. Today is day 3 and no popping or urinating at all. And in all these days he doesn’t really have an appetite and just barely drinks water. He also sneezes a lot. He is healing up very good. Is all of that normal?

    • Hi Miriam –

      You may have more than one thing going on here. Take him to a vet. The sneezing could mean he is coming down with something and the vet will know what (probably “kennel cough” but best to find out.) Thank you for adopting an older dog and chances are this will all get straightened around soon. Good luck. Sarah

  84. Hi there,
    We had our newly adopted 7 year old beagle mix spayed a little over a week ago. We had her about 1 month prior to surgery. She likes her crate and when we first had her spent quite a bit of time in it but as time went on she spent most of her time with us either following me around or sleeping on the couch or bed except at night when she preferred the crate. Since the spay she spends most of her time in the crate and growls and barks if anyone (my kids, husband or other dig get near it). I feel like we lost our happy, social little dog. I assume I shouldn’t remove the crate since it provides her comfort but I don’t know what else to do. She is hanging out more and more but still seems to retreat back to the crate often.

    • Hi Erin – From the sounds of it, she is healing up. Major surgery with major hormonal impact. She is adjusting and will continue to get better as she heals. The fact that she is hanging out of the crate more and more is telling. But, it’s just been a week so give her another week or two. My guess is your happy dog will be back 100%.

      Some dogs have stronger reactions to discomfort than others. Where one might not notice, another notices all the time. Oh and absolute do NOT remove her crate. She needs it for now. As always, check with her vet, too. Hope this is helpful. – Sarah

  85. Hello my 6 month old Pitsky (Pitbull/husky) is being Neutered as I speak and I’m very nervous on how he will react to the treatment. He is generaly a very very hyper active dog and he “LOVES” his blanket… (more like loves on his blanket.) Will his behavoir towards inanimate objects change?

    • Hi – It should help. Training would help more. He needs your help making other, better choices. He’s a smart mix. You’ll have fun training him. – Sarah

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