Spaying And Neutering: What You Need To Know About Spaying And Neutering
Many people think neutering is better than spaying. Spaying is a surgical procedure to remove the ovaries and uterus from female dogs. A spay must be performed by a veterinary doctor under general anesthesia. The procedure will stop the dog from having heat cycles. Dogs are often spayed around the age of six months. This is before the reproductive system is active. Puppies adopted from animal shelters may be spayed even earlier to make sure the procedure is done properly. Older dogs may need to be re-spayed after their show or reproductive career is over or treated for diseases of the uterus. Complications are uncommon during a routine spay. Some dogs may develop hormone-related urinary incontinence. In healthy dogs, the prognosis for recovery is excellent. In cases where an underlying health problem is found, the veterinary doctor may recommend further diagnostics, like additional lab work. The full process of dog surgery can take up to two hours. After surgery, the dog is cleaned and the owner is moved to the recovery room. The dog is then given pain medication to help it recover. Too much activity can slow the healing process and lead to complications. Running and jumping too soon can irritate the tissue in the abdomen, causing inflammation and pain. The owner must also be kept from loxing the incision. The cat can be sent home with an Elizabethan collar. . . .