Spaying is another word for ovariohysterectomy, or the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus. There are many advantages to spaying your dog. Spaying prevents heat cycles, unwanted pregnancy, pseudopregnancy (hormones cause the dog’s body to “think” it’s pregnant!), uterine infection (pyometra – this can be life threatening), and, if done before their first heat cycle, significantly reduces the risk of mammary cancer
The best time to spay your dog is before their first heat cycle, which usually happens anytime after 6 months of age. We typically recommend spaying at 6 months old. It is important to realize that spaying does NOT change your dog, behaviourally, or otherwise. Spaying does not make them fat (too much food and not enough exercise does that!), nor are they “missing out” on an important experience.
When you leave your dog with us, she will be well cared for. Safety is our number one concern and there are a number of ways that we look after that. Pre-surgical bloodwork is performed, to ensure normal organ function and blood counts. IV catheters and fluid therapy are standard for all surgeries, to maintain blood pressure and provide access for drug administration. Our patients are monitored by trained RVTs, using highly technical equipment. Pain control is a critical element of surgery, and all our patients receive analgesia before, during and after their procedure. Pain medication is sent home with you to ensure the ongoing comfort of your pet
Spay patients are kept overnight, and an appointment time for going home will be scheduled with you. The biggest job for you, the owner, is convincing your bouncy dog that surgery has occurred and she must try to stay quiet until her sutures are removed – usually about 10 days later. E-collars (the “cone”) are recommended for all post-op patients with sutures.