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How old is he?
Where is the swelling exactly? Over the incision? In the scrotum?
What color are his gums?
Does the swelling seem painful?
Thanks. What about his age and color of his gums? Does the incision still look good?
Thanks for the information. The swelling in the scrotum is not that uncommon in dogs that are neutered as adults, or when the scrotum is more fully developed. It just tends to bleed a little more, especially if they have been fairly active after surgery. As long as they are acting normal otherwise, and the gums are pink; it shouldn't be an issue. If it really seems painful, your vet can prescribe some pain medication for him tomorrow if not already on it. If it is still swelling more, you can place a cold compress to see if you can stop the swelling. If it seems like it isn't getting any worse, you can always try a warm compress before a cold compress to see if you can get the swelling down first. If it is swelling quickly, he seems very painful or lethargic, or his gums are getting pale; I would have him seen by an emergency vet today. Otherwise, just alert your vet tomorrow. They will probably want to take a look at it at least, but it should be fine, and the swelling usually goes down on its own. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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