Spaying, or an ovariohysterectomy, is the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus of the female animal. This surgery eliminates heat periods, prevents pregnancy, uterine infections, ovarian and uterine tumors, and reduces the risk of mammary cancer.
A spay is a major surgical procedure which is done under general anesthesia, and will require your dog to stay one night at the clinic. Upon arriving home, there are several things you can do to help with your dog's recovery.
- Do not allow your dog to eat or drink for 2 hours when she first arrives home. Animals tend to be excited and may overeat, leading to vomiting.
- Restrict activity and allow no free running for 10-14 days. Leash walk only during this time.
- Keep your dog as clean and dry as possible. Do not bathe or allow your dog to swim for at least 10 days following surgery.
- Inspect the surgical site twice daily. Notify the doctor if you see swelling, bleeding or discharge from the incision.
- Do not allow your dog to excessively lick the incision site or chew at the sutures. If this occurs, please return to the clinic for a special collar.
- If skin sutures were placed, they will need to be removed in 10-14 days. Please schedule an appointment for this suture removal.
- Notify the doctor if your dog is not eating or drinking, appears depressed, or is vomiting.