The recovery time for dogs after spaying or neutering is generally seven to 10 days, according to Operation Pets. During recovery, the incision needs to stay clean and dry. If the incision gets wet or dirty, it may become infected and prolong recovery.
While recovering from spaying or neutering, the ASPCA recommends keeping the dog away from other animals and restricting play so the dog does not become overly excited and pop the incision stitches. To ensure a full recovery, it is important to avoid bathing a recently spayed or neutered dog for at least 10 days after surgery. If a dog exhibits signs of lethargy, starts vomiting or experiences diarrhea during recovery, it should be addressed immediately by a veterinarian.