Dr. Gary Block: It's important to spay or neuter your pet. Here are some tips to help ensure your pet has a speedy recovery at home. Typically your pet is ready to come home the same day as the surgical procedure. Make sure you are prepared with a quite, clean, dry place for your pet to rest. A water bowl and a small amount of food should be accessible for your pet, although he may not like eating until the next day. Over the next week to ten days, after the procedure, discourage your pet from running, jumping, and rough play, your dog should be able to go on a daily short walk on a leash. However, you may consider using a crate for a few hours each day to restrict his activity. Make sure you give him a toy or a treat ball like a bone, so that he doesn't get bored. If you have a cat, consider isolating her in a bedroom or bathroom for a few days to keep her from playing with other pets while she heals. Make sure your cat has toys to keep her entertained and spend some one-on-one time with her to prevent loneliness. It's important to check the incision site daily to ensure it's healing properly. If you have any concerns about the appearance of the incision or the healing process, contact your veterinarian. Do not let your pet lick the incision area, as that can lead to an infection. If you aren't able to keep your pet from licking the area, you can use an Elizabethan styled collar that will prevent your pet from being able to reach the incision site. By following these tips, your pet will recover quickly and be back to normal in no time.