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    Default Male puppy just go desexed....

    I just had my puppy desexed 2 days ago and I'm not sure if I'm worrying over nothing as its my first dog!

    His wound seems all swollen and red, and it was like that when I picked him up. I don't see any visible stitches (is this normal?). The vet said the procedure went fine. He probably licked the wound prior to me picking him up as I've seen him doing this quite a bit and aggravated the wound. I've attached the picture here. Just wondering if this is normal, or if its red and swollen due to my puppy licking his wounds or maybe the vet did a botch job?

    I've seen two other male dogs after they just got desexed and it looks nothing like my dog! The other two dogs wounds looked all fine like nothing had been done except you could see stitches and it wasn't red.
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    I've only ever had one male dog desexed, and he's got lots of long hair so I actually found it really hard to see the surgery site. His did get infected though. It was very red and a bit swollen, and he was quite irritated by it. He was licking it a lot and would swing around suddenly in frustration because he couldn't reach it with his cone of shame on, haha!

    Cause of his long hair, I never saw exactly what his infection looked like, but as far as i'm aware, a clean and healthy surgery site should not look red and irritated like your pup's one does. Did the vet give you instructions for caring for him once you get him home?

    I'd suggest you get a vet to check it out... looks a bit painful to me... and if he's licking it constantly then i'd also suggest you get a cone on him so he can't aggravate the wound site, the licking will probably just be making it worse, especially if he's chewing as well!!

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    the wound looks like dog damage from licking to me.
    the wound is irritated, and there is a very mild infection here.

    take your dogs temperature, 101 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 to 39.2 degrees Celcius) is normal. higher than 39.2 = vet visit urgently for antibiotics. IF the temperature is normal. I would home treat as below:

    You need a "cone" that stops the dog licking. The vet will sell you one, or most pet stores do these days.
    then once the cone is on, id bathe that wound with salty water 4 times a day for 3 days and dry well with hairdryer on cool or lint free material like a pillow case. Voila! healed.

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    ps. the wound looks fine. Normal swelling, not too red. Some slight sloughing of skin caused by licking. Mild infection where the top dermis has been licked off the bumpy bits of the wound.

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    I'm sure it's just me - but it looks like the vet took more than the nuts off. Hmm on second look - maybe you just left out the "lipstick" end.

    I think it's a pretty clumsy job. And it looks a bit infected to me. Infections - can kill if they're not managed properly - like that poor refugee that cut his foot and didn't get antibiotics, tho infections go bad much faster in the tropics.

    I would be getting a follow up visit to the vet just to make sure they're happy and to check temperatures - cos there's no way I'm sharing my thermometer with my dog... and get some antibiotics if needed.

    I would also be stopping him from licking and maybe putting some aloe vera (straight from the cactus leaf) on - because that tastes worse than lemons and generally stops my dog from licking for hours. And then you need to re-apply. Aloe Vera also promotes wound healing and minimizes scarring.

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