We recommend this surgical procedure for the following reasons:
Before surgery our hospital recommends certain blood tests to assess anesthetic risk. This optional blood screen does add an additional cost of the spay surgery.
An ovariohysterectomy (spay) involves sterile surgical removal of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus under monitored general anesthesia. We recommend one overnight stay at our hospital. A full ovariohysterectomy is done since the ovaries produce the female hormone estrogen, which causes the vaginal discharge and odor associated with heat, and can stimulate growth of mammary cancer.
Exercise should be restricted to leash walking only after surgery. No swimming, bathing, running, or jumping for ten to fourteen days after surgery.
Spaying does lower an animal’s metabolic rate. Careful regulation of the diet of every dog is always recommended, particularly after spaying, to prevent excess weight gain.
The surgical procedure will not change your pet’s intelligence or general disposition. It is not necessary for a female dog to come into heat or to raise a litter of puppies to become a good pet. Most spayed females tend to be more gentle and affectionate.
If you are interested in having your pet spayed, please feel free to call upon us to set up an appointment or to ask any questions of our staff.