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Betadine on spay incision?

Species: Dog
Breed: Terrier Mix
Age: 2-5 years
My dog was spayed 3 days ago and I'm worried about the incision becoming infected. Can I applied betadine to the incision?




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

You shouldn't have to apply anything to a dog's incision after surgery.

I know it's hard to believe that the incision will be ok. I'm amazed at how often people who have had surgery will get an infection in their incision, especially because people can wash and take care of the incision. Yet, dogs are much better at not getting an infection even though they are lying on the ground and not taking care of their wound!

Betadine is unlikely to prevent an infection and definitely won't be enough to treat one should it happen.

Rather, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the incision. If you notice that it is getting redder, more bothersome to the dog, or oozing pus then you'll need to return to the vet for some antibiotics. But my guess is that things will be just fine on their own!

Dr. Marie.

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