Spaying or Neutering Dogs


Responsible and Caring Spaying and Neutering

The thought of your dog undergoing a surgical procedure under sedation can be frightening. We understand that this can be scary for dog owners, and want to assure you that your dog will be cared for by the most capable and caring medical professionals.

From the time your dog enters our doors, it will be treated with compassion and concern for its comfort. All patients will receive pain medications before the procedure begins. Our anesthesia and patient care protocols will be tailored to your dog's breed and size.

While your dog is under anesthesia, our veterinary staff will monitor a number of vital signs including body temperature, blood pressure, oxygenation, and anesthesia depth. The surgery will be performed by our veterinarians who have many years of surgical experience.

Postoperative nursing care and pain management medications will be administered to your dog to ensure that their recovery is painless and they remain closely monitored until we feel it is safe to send them home. Our veterinary staff will review postoperative instructions with you at that time so you can feel comfortable bringing your dog home to complete its recovery.

Reasons For Spaying And Neutering

There are many valid reasons to spay and neuter your dog, according to AmericanHumane.org, approximately 3.7 million animals are euthanized at shelters annually, due to the sheer fact that there are not enough willing adopters.

Spay and neuter procedures ensure that you are not adding to this number.

What is Dog Neutering?

Neutering is a term that describes the castration, or the removal of the testicles of a male dog. We typically recommend neutering dogs between 5-6 months of age.

Clinical evidence has suggested that male dogs of certain large breeds may benefit from waiting to neuter until they have reached 10-11 months of age. There has been some evidence that this can reduce the risk of some types of cancer in certain large breeds, however there are a number of other factors such as aggression, potty training, and reproduction that must also be taken into consideration.

We recommend speaking to your veterinarian to discuss the best age to Neuter your dog.

Neutering a dog consists of the following surgical steps:

  • Pre-anesthetic exam
  • Pain medication is administered
  • Our veterinary team will induce your dog into a safe state of general anesthesia
  • A Veterinary Technician monitors vital signs including breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, state of anesthesia, oxygenation levels, and body temperature
  • The surgeon makes a small incision in the front of the scrotum
  • Each testicle is removed and the blood supply and vas deferens (spermatic cord) are tied off
  • The veterinarian closes the incision with surgical glue or sutures
  • Postoperative medications are given and postoperative care continues until your dog completely recovers from the anesthesia
  • We will keep your dog hospitalized until he completely recovers and is safe to send home

What is Dog Spaying?

Spaying is a term that describes the ovariohysterectomy, or the removal of portions of the reproductive system of a female dog. We typically recommend spaying dogs between 5-6 months of age.

Spaying a dog once she is an adult is acceptable as well, although there's a slightly higher risk of postoperative complications in older dogs, as well as in dogs that are overweight or that have existing health problems.

Spaying a dog consists of the following surgical steps:

  • Pre-anesthetic exam
  • Pain medication is administered
  • Our veterinary team will induce your dog into a safe state of general anesthesia
  • The attending staff monitors breathing and heart rate, blood pressure, plane of anesthesia, oxygenation levels, and body temperature
  • The surgeon makes a small incision near the umbilicus on the abdomen
  • The ovaries and uterus are removed
  • The veterinarian closes the incision with surgical glue or sutures
  • Postoperative medications are given and postoperative care continues until your dog completely recovers from the anesthesia
  • We will keep your dog hospitalized until she completely recovers and is safe to send home

Recovering from Spaying and Neutering: Home Care Instructions

Our veterinary staff will also provide post-operative instructions for you to follow at home. This home care includes a continuation of pain management to minimize post op discomfort. Some of the steps you can take at home to help facilitate a safe and comfortable recovery include:

  • Providing your dog with a quiet place to recover indoors and away from other animals
  • Preventing your dog from running and jumping for seven to ten days following surgery
  • Preventing your dog from licking the incision site, which may cause infection, by monitoring your dog and utilizing their crate and an "E-collar" if licking can not be prevented otherwise
  • Avoiding bathing your dog for at least ten days after surgery
  • Checking the incision site daily to confirm proper healing
  • Looking for any redness, swelling, or discharge at the surgery site, or if the incision is open
  • Monitoring your dog for any signs of lethargy, decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, or if you have any other concerns following surgery

Schedule an Appointment to Spay or Neuter your Dog!

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