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My Dog Jumped After Being Spayed: Should You Worry?

Veterinary reviewed by Dr. Linda Simon.

Contrary to popular belief, a spay surgery is not exactly a piece of cake.

Sure, for vets spaying may be routine, but the recovery for your dog is anything but routine.

Naturally, we wonder about stuff like when it’s okay to take the cone off, what the incision should look like in a couple of days, and when it’s okay for your dog to be active again.

Your dog probably got spayed, jumped soon after that, and you’re left wondering whether or not that’s considered a disaster.

Believe it or not, jumping after being spayed is more common than many think.

Sometimes, dogs are a little under the weather from the meds and surgery.

The anesthesia takes time to wear off and your dog’s behavior might be a little strange right after being spayed.

Other times, your dog is just incredibly bored and wants to finally jump on the couch again and walk off-leash.

A brindle-colored dog looks down from a dark couch with cute eyes.
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Let’s dive into why that’s not a good idea, how bad jumping really is for your dog right now, and what you can do to prevent it.

For the sake of this article, I’ll refer to the female’s procedure as “spay” and to the male’s as “neuter” although the latter is technically the term for both. The term “castration” would be right for males.

My Dog Jumped After Being Spayed

If your dog jumped a few days after being spayed, it’s most likely not too big of an issue as long as the incision isn’t bleeding and your dog isn’t showing signs of discomfort such as whining or lethargic behavior.

Stay alert and contact your vet if you notice any of the following:

  • Ripped sutures
  • Bloody discharge or redness around your dog’s spay scar
  • Lethargic behavior
  • Whining or excessive panting
  • Licking the wound

How long should you restrict your dog from bouncing around?

Jumping should be restricted for at least 10-14 days after being spayed, and 28 days until activity can return to normal.

The severity of this incident also depends on when and how your dog jumped.

If your dog jumped right after the surgery and perhaps even fell down due to a lack of coordination, it’s probably best to call your vet.

However, if your dog is a couple of days or even a week post-op and made a little greeting jump or jumped up on the couch, it’s usually nothing to worry about.

Again, consult your vet if you want to be sure.

Many dog owners report their dog happily bouncing around a couple of days after the surgery and while that may possible, it’s best not to take that gamble.

Restrict any forms of jumping for around 14 days after the spay procedure which includes:

  • Greetings
  • Excitement jumps
  • Jumping up and down the couch
  • Reaching for a tug toy or ball
  • Playing with dogs
  • Climbing stairs

Just keep your dog calm, restrict the couch or any high places for a couple of days or carefully help your dog up. Go on leashed walks, and provide more mental stimulation

Mental stimulation is key to keeping your dog’s boredom at bay.

Many high-energy canines want to get going the day after the surgery but that should be a no-go.

That’s where mental exercise shines (i.e. puzzle games, snuffle mats, frozen Kongs).

Climbing stairs is an issue for those living in apartments without elevators or houses with a second floor.

Try either carrying your doggo up or letting her sleep downstairs.

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How Do I Keep My Dog From Jumping After Being Spayed?

To stop your dog from jumping after being spayed, use a leash or crate inside the house, provide a comfortable sleeping spot on the ground, and offer mental stimulation to avoid frustration and boredom.

Avoid overly exciting your dog or leaving toys around that entice jumping.

With these tips, most jumping should be eliminated.

While the leash or crate is a last resort, the other options address the root causes such as wanting to get on the couch or bouncing around due to boredom.

My Dog Keeps Jumping After Being Neutered

The procedure for neutering males is a bit easier but if they keep jumping, it’s most likely due to discomfort or medication and can be restricted by crating or leashing them inside the house until they settle.

Leashing them might sound silly but it’s what many people do with puppies to avoid potty incidents or them gnawing at your precious carpet and whatnot.

You can also just try to stay with your dog, calmly pet him, and encourage settling down.

If all options are exhausted, you can place your freshly neutered dog inside a crate.

Crates are only temporary and your dog should be tired, well-fed, and only inside the crate for a limited time.

Right after the surgery, it’s not wise to place your dog inside the crate. While some might dig it and it’s more secure, many dogs will want to be close to you after the anesthesia.

Consult your vet if jumping is atypical for your dog and he just won’t stop as that can be a sign of an internal issue or an issue with the sutures.

Can My Dog Jump On The Couch After Being Neutered?

Your neutered dog should not jump on the couch for 10-14 days after the surgery. If you lift your dog, have a low couch, or provide a little doggy ramp, it might be possible earlier.

Yes, 14 days seems a little too cautious for some and they let their dog jump on the couch a couple of days after the surgery.

The biggest risk here is the sutures ripping open and just general pain for your dog and it’s best not to end up at the emergency vet for something as silly as climbing stairs or the couch.

If your furry friend wants a doggy throne in the clouds, try offering a comfy bed on the ground where you can cuddle with your dog.

Disclaimer: This blog post does not substitute veterinary attention and does not intend to do so. I am not a veterinarian or pet nutritionist. If your dog shows any sign of illness, call your vet.

About Danielle

Equipped with 5+ years of expertise as a Rottweiler owner, I partner with licensed veterinarians and trainers to share research-backed and actionable advice for you and your furry friend.

Tuesday Cariera

Thursday 21st of July 2022

So my girl got spayed and as soon as I picked her up she has been flipping out, she has done everything a dog should not after surgery, not even the same dog... please help


Friday 22nd of July 2022

It's possible that your dog just has some excess energy, not sure what you mean by she's doing everything she shouldn't but if it's jumping, running, etc. I'd just say you need to supervise her and provide some mental stimulation, as well as light walks once the vet gives the okay.

In general, it's best to consult your vet to make sure the wound is healing properly and that there are no other issues.