"Sore bottom" the bottom is a sensitive area and the necessary surgical preparation and surgery itself can leave the bottom and surrounding tissue bruised, inflamed and sore. We do various things to minimise this.
During the surgery and for a few days after your dog will be given steroids. This has a massive effect on reducing the inflammation, redness and soreness around the bottom. It may cause a short term increase in thirst but this is just for a couple of days.
As we are using steroids you will be sent home with an analgesic different to our normal post-op pain killer. The discharge nurse will go through the dosing with you. You will often only need these for a couple of days. This procedure is not without recognised risks. After the surgery the skin can be very sore for a few days. We have found with the correct post-op regime this will often be a minimal problem. There is also a recognised risk of incontinence. Whilst this is very serious it is extremely unusual, and the vet will discuss this with you. We definitely feel the benefits far outweigh any perceived risk with this surgery.
Normally you will get 5 days' antibiotics often to give in the food.
Further post-op advice
Ring the day after
We like to give your dog a couple of days to settle before seeing you again but like you to give us a ring the day after surgery to let us know how things are.
There will often be discomfort when passing stools for a few days and occasionally you may have a couple of accidents in the immediate post-op period but this is more through bruising and reluctance to pass stools than incontinence. If it occurs at all it is short lived.
We like to check the wound 5-7 days after surgery. The sutures we often use will come out by themselves. These sutures are softer than normal nylon sutures so nicer for your dog.
Try to keep stool consistency good in the post op period so try and keep your dog’s normal diet unchanged.
If you have any problems or anything you are unsure about please call us.