Thu, Mar 7, 2024

We got her fixed the 4th, so it's been about 60 hours since her surgery. The vet told us to watch out for swelling, redness and leakage and we think it's swollen and there's a little bit of redness. I'm going to insert a picture, you can barely see the selling in the picture but could you lmk what you think? Thank you in advance!

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Mild swelling and some redness can be common after a spay surgery, especially within the first 72 hours post-operation. This can be due to the body's natural inflammatory response to the surgical procedure.

Based on the image you provided, it's difficult to assess the extent of swelling accurately, but here's what you can consider:

If the red area is warm, significantly more swollen than the surrounding tissue, or there's any discharge, this can indicate an infection.
If the skin is tight, shiny, or there's a large amount of swelling, this could be a sign of fluid accumulation or a hematoma.
If your dog seems to be in discomfort, licking excessively at the incision, or if the incision opens up, these are signs that immediate veterinary attention is needed.

Ensure she is resting and not engaging in any vigorous activity that could strain her stitches or the surgical site. Additionally, ensure that your dog is wearing an Elizabethan cone (e-collar) to prevent her from licking or biting the incision site, which can introduce bacteria and lead to infection. Keep the surgical area clean and dry.

If you notice any discharge, such as pus or a foul-smelling fluid, this could indicate an infection and would require immediate veterinary attention. Similarly, if the redness spreads significantly or the swelling increases or becomes hard to the touch, these could be signs of a more serious issue, such as a seroma or hematoma, and you should contact your veterinarian.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.