Having your dog or cat spayed or neutered is a personal decision that you should make based on their needs. As a vet, I highly recommend delaying this surgery to reduce health risks to your pet.

This surgery can reduce the risk of your pet developing Breast cancer and prostate cancer, but increases the risk of mast cell tumors, osteosarcoma, lymphoma, hemangiosarcoma, and other diseases that affect the bones and joints when performed too young.

How long should you wait?

At least 2 years of age, and better to age 5 or older.

onesie for dog after spaying

One of the reasons people push off surgeries is that they are worried about their pets hurting themselves during recovery. Comforting your cat or dog and keeping their wounds clean is important. Dealing with an animal in the cone of shame isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. 

That’s actually why I recommend pet onesies for after-surgery care.

A cat or dog onesies is an adorable and easy way to keep your animal from licking or biting their wounds after being spayed or neutered. Also, they are inexpensive and much more convenient than the big plastic cones. A recovery suit for dogs and cats is a more comfortable alternative to a cone that still prevents your pet from licking their wound post-surgery.

These garments are also a great option to calm and comfort your pet after their surgery. A onesie for a pet after surgery covers the wound and applies gentle pressure to keep him or her comfortable. Cats and dogs lick or scratch their wounds to try to soothe pain and discomfort, but this can obviously slow the healing process.

I recommend you buy specifically designed onesies for your dog or cat after surgery. These will reduce complications after neutering your pet because they won’t be as prone to re-opening their wounds. Plus, this alternative to a dog cone can help keep your cat or dog warm and cozy during their recovery.

There are several styles available, including long-sleeved ones for front leg wounds.

How to get a cat or dog to wear a onesie

Onesies for dogs or cats after surgery are designed with your pet in mind. Even if you have a squirmish feline, putting on a cat onesie after surgery is fairly straightforward, especially because your pet will be lethargic after the procedure.

You can put a onesie on your dog after neutering in the comfort of your own home. Onesies for dogs after surgery can easily zip on. Always read the instructions of your specific onesie before putting it on your pet.

Other things you should do to help your pet in the aftercare

Along with investing in a recovery onesie, there are a few other things you can do to help your cat or dog after surgery.

  1. Let them get rest
  2. Separate them from other animals or small children
  3. Limit their activities
  4. Feed highly nutritious food and supplements to boost recovery

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What to feed your pet after surgery

Also, I recommend that the food you do give them is homemade. I put together a simple to follow CrockPet Diet cookbook that will give your dog or cat the healthy, balanced diet they need to stay healthy.

Spaying and neutering remove the hormones that support normal body functions. We can help support our pets by giving them glandular supplements to help keep them healthy.

My favorite is Symplex F for Female dogs and cats and Symplex M for males.

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