How long does it take a dog to heal after getting fixed?

My puppy and kitten are both getting fixed in 1 1/2 weeks. How long does it take for them to recover or safe for them to play and run again?
They sleep in the same room at night. They also wrestle and play when I get home from work (puppy is at work with me during). How long should I keep them separated to avoid them hurting themselves and one another? Thanks for any advice!
My puppy is seven months and the kitten is 5 months.

First Reply:

Answer by Ripp A
Ask your vet these questions when you take them in to be neutered.


  1. Monkeymoomoo says

    It depends on how old they are. But when they feel better you’ll know it . Worst case is it might take a month or two.

  2. Cathy Lee says

    It takes sometimes longer than that depending on how big the dog is!
    Maybe between 1 week and 1 month!

  3. Jen says

    Depends. Males usually bounce back pretty quick because the incisions made are small and the testicles are pretty much just popped out through a small onc stitch slit (one slit for each testicle). For females, it’s a much more complicated surgery and their recovery time is usually longer.

    It’s a good rule of thumb to keep them confined for a few days so they don’t hurt themselves, but … a lot of the time, the males will behave as if nothing happened at all.

  4. celia n says

    About a week or two. After they’ve gotten there surgery you cant allow them to play or rough house keep them away from each other for about a week as long as the wound is closed.

  5. Kara S says

    The recovery period after a dog or cat is spayed or neutered is usually 7-10 days, when they get the stitches out. However, most animals recover pretty quickly and will be running around and playing within a day or so. Try not to let them rough house or jump too much. The important thing is to keep an eye on the incision and watch for any redness, swelling or drainage. If any of these things happen, you will need to take them to the vet, and may need antibiotics. Infection rarely happens because the vet usually gives the dog or cat antibiotics right after the surgery. Best of luck to your dog and cat. Hope I helped.