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We highly recommend spaying your dogs and cats. The ideal age for spaying is 4-6 months old. The younger your pet is spayed, the more benefits are realized.
The chances of tumors, mammary tumors in particular, increases with the number of times your female pet comes into heat.
As long as your pet is healthy enough for surgery, there is generally no upper age limit for him to be spayed and, in fact, older pets can benefit from the surgery.
Advantages of spaying
Other Indications for Spaying
Removal of the ovaries and uterus may be performed for several medical conditions. These include:
Myths About Spaying
Are there any dangers associated with the operation?
Spaying is considered a major operation and requires general anesthesia. Surgeries and general anesthesia come with risks to the pet. It is highly recommended that a pre-surgical blood test be done to screen for any disorders and illnesses that your pet may not be showing signs of. This, together with modern anesthetics and monitoring equipment, makes the risk of a complication generally very low.
What happens when my dog undergoes this procedure?
A physical examination will be done by the veterinarian and pre-anesthetic blood tests will usually be performed. If everything is acceptable, your pet will then be anesthetized and surgery proceeds. In cases where results of the screening test are unacceptably beyond normal limits, additional tests maybe required or your pet's condition is resolved before going through with any surgery.
Most pets will have an intravenous catheter placed to administer the anesthetic and to provide fluid therapy during the surgery. After your pet is anesthetized, a breathing tube will be placed in his trachea. This will deliver oxygen and the gas anesthetic, isoflurane, directly into the lungs.
A spay surgery (also called an ovariohysterectomy) is performed on females. While performed routinely, an ovariohysterectomy is a major surgery in which the reproductive tract - including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus - is removed. Many veterinarians use absorbable internal sutures so that you do not have to return your dog to the hospital to have them removed.
Are there any post-operative precautions I should take?
Rest and restriction of activity are the primary post-operative care you should provide. Most dogs can resume normal activity five to ten days after surgery. Until then, leash walks, no running or climbing stairs and lots of rest are the rule.
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