Why should I have my dog spayed?
We recommend spaying all female pets. The benefits to your pet’s health and to help reduce the pet overpopulation crisis make this decision easier.
What are the advantages of spaying in the female dog?
Prevention of “heat” or oestrus When in “heat”, the female experiences an urge to escape in order to find a mate. This unwanted and dangerous behaviour is eliminated. It eliminates the possibility of false pregnancy following the “heat cycle” Prevention of uterine infection known as pyometra The prevention of breast cancer. Dogs spayed before the first “heat” have less than 0.5% chance of developing breast cancer. Elimination of the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer.
Is spaying performed for any other reason?
The operation may be performed for several medical conditions.
- Treatment of intractable false or phantom pregnancy
- Females with irregular or abnormal cycles due to ovarian cysts
- Spaying is also carried out on occasions to correct certain behavioral abnormalities
- Treatment of uterine infection (pyometra) or cancer
- Dystocia (difficult birthing) or post caesarean-section surgery
What are the disadvantages?
Obesity is probably the most commonly quoted disadvantage of spaying. Obesity is the result of overfeeding and lack of physical activity. By regulating your dog’s diet and caloric intake, you can prevent obesity in spayed or intact females.
Spaying doesn’t cause a change in personality, guarding instincts, intelligence, playfulness or affection.
When should the operation be performed?
Research reveals that spaying a pet at an early age does not cause any increased risk. Most veterinarians recommend spaying between four and six months of age.
Is there any alternative to surgery?
Not at the present time, although there are several promising advances being made in this area.
Are there any dangers associated with the operation?
Spaying is considered a major operation and requires general anaesthesia. With modern anaesthetics and monitoring equipment, the risk of a complication is very low.
What happens when I leave my dog for this procedure?
Your pet will be examined by a veterinarian and a preoperative sedative given. Later, your pet will then be anaesthetized, a breathing tube placed in her trachea or windpipe. This will allow the delivery of oxygen and the gas anaesthetic isoflurane directly into the lungs. Older pets will have an intravenous catheter placed to provide fluid therapy during the surgery. The surgery consists of making a small incision just below the umbilicus and removing the ovaries and uterus. We normally use absorbable intradermal sutures to reduce the risk of self removal.
Are there any post-operative precautions I should take?
Rest and restriction of activity are the primary post-operative care you should provide. Most dogs can resume normal activity five to ten days after surgery. Until then, leash walks, no running or climbing stairs and lots of rest are the rule.
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