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Spaying Your Dog

So, you are thinking about spaying your dog. Did you know spaying reduces the risk of breast cancer by 97% over her entire life span? Reproductive diseases are also eliminated. Besides the physical benefits for your pet, spaying is the responsible thing to do as a pet owner. To many loving pets end up in dog shelters every year because pet owners neglect to have their pet spayed or neutered. As you may know, many of these undeserving puppies never find a home and are euthanized. This is the most important reason for spaying your dog in my opinion.

You may have guessed that dog spaying surgery isn't free for the most part. I have heard that some states do in fact have free dog spaying/neutering programs. You should look into this for assistance if necessary. Generally the cost will vary but should be less than three hundred dollars. I believe this estimate to be on the high side and is only meant to give you an idea of the possible price range. Regardless of cost, isn't it worth knowing that you will not be responsible for the fate of yet another litter of unwanted puppies dropped off at the dog shelter? Now is not the time to second guess yourself, you can be sure that you have made the right decision but surgery is scarey no matter how routine.If you understand what's going to happen it will be much easier. So, what is involved in spaying your dog?

Pre-anesthesia screening

The first step is a blood test. This will determine how your pet's kidneys and liver are functioning. Some veterinarians will allow you to sign a waiver and then proceed spaying your dog without information from the blood tests. I would not recommend doing this yet, there are some who would disagree Your pet's liver and kidneys are organs which help their body process and eliminate anesthesia, that is needed during surgery. If your pet's organs are not functioning properly the administration of these medications could harm or even kill your pet. Remember, the more information your vet has the better able they are to care for your pet. Depending on your veterinarian, blood work may be done anywhere from a few days to a few hours prior to your dog spaying surgery.

Preparing for surgery

Do not give your pet anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery. This is just as important in animals as it is in humans because it may cause nausea and vomiting which in turn could cause further complications. If your pet is on any medications make sure to discuss this with your vet. It will be important to know weather or not to give your dog her medication on the day of surgery.

It is nice to give your pet's grooming special attention a few days before surgery. Give them a bath, clean their ears and have your pets nails clipped if needed. They won't feel much like doing these things for a week or so after surgery so it is best to take care of it now.

Be sure that your dog is up to date on all of their shots and have your vet review their record a week or so in advance. Make your pet as comfy as possible and wash their bedding. This gives them a nice clean bed to come home to and also protects against infection.

If you haven't yet talked to your vet about cost now would be a good time to investigate any free dog spaying programs which may be available.

Day of Surgery

If your pet is crate trained this would be the best method of travel but if not, today isn't the day to begin. Remember to bring something along with you that has your scent on it which can be placed with your pet during their recovery. This will make her feel safe and secure. Plan to arrive at your appointment a bit early to give her a chance for a short walk outside and any last minute elimination. Be calm and matter of fact. Remember they take their lead from us and if we are calm and confident they will be too.

It is best to allow the attendant to take over once inside. From here things will move along and you won't be in the way while your pet is being prepared for surgery. It will also cut down on stress for both you and your pet. Say good bye and don't worry. You will be picking her up before you know it.

Surgery

Generally as soon as you leave an IV will be started in your pet to provide fluids and medication during the dog spaying surgery. Your pet will be anesthetized and sedated . There is no need to worry, she will not feel any pain and dog spaying surgery is safe. Vital signs are monitored during and after surgery. Once your pet is asleep the vet makes an incision in her belly. They will take out the ovaries and uterus then all tissues and vessel will be tied off to prevent bleeding. The vet then closes the incision with sutures or staples.

Recovery

Your pet can generally come home the same day. You will be given medication to give your pet for discomfort and you may also be given an antibiotic for her. It is important to give these to your pet as prescribed. You will need to keep your pet from being very active for a couple of days right after the dog spaying surgery. This includes not allowing her to jump down from furniture etc. It will also be important to make sure she does not lick the incision. Monitor her food and water intake and be sure to spend a little extra time spoiling her. Before you know it your pet will be back to her old self and you will be glad you thought about spaying your dog.

I commend you for being a responsible pet owner and spaying your dog. You undoubtedly saved many poor, unsuspecting puppies from their inevitable fate of ending up in dog shelters.


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Very interesting article. I'm trying to learn as much as I can before I get my pup. I also love your landing page.

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Thanks Shawn for taking the time. You are so right about the first post, I have been waiting forever!

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  about 6 years ago

Yup, Yup and Yup! Great article! I agree wholeheartedly with everything you said there. The blood test before surgery is necessary at some vet clinics, so be prepared to pay a little extra, but hey man's best friend is worth it! Thanks so much for getting this info out there, Jackelyn! For some fun you ought to check out 'Life As A Dog'. Just a fun little article I wrote from the dog's perspective! Have a great day! Oh and I liked, G+'d and tweeted!

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