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Pain meds after spay?

Species: Dog
Breed: spaniel
Age: 1-2 years
Is it necessary to purchase antibiotics and pain meds after a dog has been spayed?
Thank you




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

I don't send my dog spays home with antibiotics. And, it is quite rare that I see a dog get an infection after a surgery.

I usually do send my dog spays home with pain medication. Unforunately in many places it is optional. The reason for this is that vet clinics need to keep their price low for "shoppable" reasons. So, if my price for spay included pain meds it's going to be more expensive than another clinic and I will lose business.

However, I do think again that every dog should have some pain relief after a spay.

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