How long after being spayed can they have a bath?

You all were so helpful when I asked my other question. She did end up having a bowel movement.:). She is doing so well considering she had 2 surgeries. I was so impressed with this site that I joined. I am still trying to figure it all out but anyway I called the vet to ask when I can bathe her because she stinks. lol and they never returned my call, so does anyone know approximately how long and thanks again for your help on my last question. :)

Asked by Sadie on Sep 26th 2008 Tagged bathingafterbeingspayedandremovalofahernia in Health & Wellness
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If you really need to bathe her ASAP due to filth, body odor, etc., there are waterless shampoos on the market that may help to get you by til you can give a real bath!

Ideally, I'd wait at LEAST 10 days post-spay to bathe your dog (meaning soaking, soaping, rinsing). The incision site should be closed entirely prior to bathing with any shampoo. If there are external sutures, wait 48 hours post suture removal to bathe your dog. If the sutures were all subcuticular (under the skin), just make sure there's no sign of skin separation, no redness or inflammation, etc. before you bathe. You don't want the soap to get into any deep open wounds as it can lead to severe irritation and/or infection!

Best wishes,

Member 300693 answered on 9/26/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 3 Report this answer


Wait at least one week to ten days…Sadie probably feels yucky enough with all that hospital smell, too! Give her a chance for everything to heal up, though. You don't want to risk infection right now.

Tifanny answered on 9/26/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


you will hafto wait until her stitches get removed. She is not stinky, that is her perfume mommy!!! lol. I am pleased to hear about her b.m.

Saige answered on 9/26/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011)

C.J. mentioned a waterless shampoo. I have and sometimes use a product called "Waterless Bath", and I use it between baths as needed.
This has a little info about the Waterless Bath:

Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011) answered on 9/26/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer