If you do not plan on breeding your dog, or you do not want any accidents, spaying your dog is the most responsible thing to do. Spaying, or technically known as ovariohysterectomy, is an abdominal surgery performed under anesthesia. Male dogs have a surgery called neutering, which is basically the same process as spaying a female; taking away the reproductive organs. It has many health benefits for your dog, and helps to control the overpopulation of dogs.
It is known that over four million cats and dogs are euthanized each year because of over population in shelters. Spaying your dog helps reduce this number and is very responsible for your community.
Surgery for Spaying your Dog
Dogs are normally spayed at around 6 months of age, and it is recommended that you have your dog spayed before her first heat period. Your veterinarian will perform routine blood tests and health checks before the surgery is set.
Your dog’s food and water will be taken away the night before and morning of her scheduled surgery. Your dog’s tummy will be shaved and cleansed before the incisions. During the process, your dog will be monitored by vet assistants throughout the whole time of her surgery. The veterinarian will remove both ovaries and the uterus as well. There will be stitches inside her, but they are safe and will disintegrate. Your dog’s stomach will be stitched together as well, and then she will be bandaged up.
This surgery ensures your dog will not have heat periods, and cannot become pregnant.
Benefits of spaying your dog
There are many benefits to spaying your dog. The number one health benefit is that it helps to prevent ovarian cancer, uterine infections, breast cancers and more. It is known that one out of every four dogs that are not spayed will get terminal breast cancer.
Another benefit is that you will not have to deal with heat periods. This means your dog will not be irritable and needy, and she will not leak discharge or blood all over the house. She will not secrete the mating hormone, therefore taking her for walks and having male dogs around the house will not pose a risk for your dog.
As mentioned before, spaying your dog helps to control the over-population of animals. It is your job as a responsible pet owner to ensure your dog’s puppies are not sent to shelters because of an accidental pregnancy.
Things to consider regarding dog spaying
Although spay surgery is very common, there are always risks involved as with any operation. Some of the risks may include:
- Allergic reaction to anesthesia
- Secondary infection during surgery
- Negative affects of anesthesia in later years
- Swelling and soreness after surgery
- Infection during the healing process
- Urinary tract infections may be more common
- Allergic reaction to stitches
Talk to your veterinarian if you have any questions or concern for the spay surgery. Risks are very minimal, but may still occur as with any surgical procedure.