09 July 2021
Neutering is a simple operation to remove dogs' reproductive organs. After recovering from the anaesthetic, your dog may be feeling bright and breezy and ready for a walk. But don't rush into it...
When can I walk my male dog after castration?
Your vet will probably recommend that your dog gets plenty of rest for the first 48 hours following surgery and avoids any form of strenuous activity. No walking, no playing, and no running around! Stitches can easily be pulled apart, leaving a painful open wound that will be at risk of infection.
If your dog seems pretty bright after the first 48 hours, you can take them out for a short walk on the lead. At the 3-day post-operation check-up, following an examination of the wound, your vet will be able to give you advice on taking longer walks and letting your dog off the lead.
The main point to remember is to listen to your vet and follow their advice. You don’t want to be taking your dog back to the vet with an open wound, requiring another round of surgery. Don’t give in to your dog if they nag you for a walk! They will have to wait until the wound is sufficiently healed and your vet gives your dog the go-ahead to return to a regular walking routine.
What about walking my female dog after spaying?
Spaying is the procedure carried out when a female dog’s reproductive organs are removed. It’s more intrusive than the neutering carried out in male dogs. Your female dog (bitch) may be really sore for a few days afterwards.
After your bitch is spayed, the advice on walking is precisely the same as for male dogs. No walks for 48 hours post-op and gentle, short walks on the lead from then on. At the post-op check-up, ask your vet for advice about when they think it is safe for your dog to go on longer walks.
In summary, your veterinary surgeon is the expert. Ask them, ‘How soon can my dog walk after being neutered?’ They will give you the correct information which will be tailored to your dog’s recovery.
With a Kennel Club Pet Insurance policy, you can access the free Pet Health Helpline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The veterinary-trained team will advise on any concerns or queries that you may have over your pet’s health – much like the NHS 111 service for people. Call free on 03333 32 19 47.