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Dog Spay and Neuter

If you are considering getting your dog spayed or neutered, we are here to help! An ovariohysterectomy, commonly referred to as a spay, is the surgical removal of a female dog’s ovaries and uterus. Castration, commonly referred to as a neuter, is the surgical removal of a male dog’s testicles. These procedures ensure your dog cannot produce kittens, and can even lower the risk of certain cancers.

We see every dog as an individual with varying needs. Our veterinarians will work together with pet parents to discuss the spay or neuter procedure, implications, timing, and if it is appropriate for your dog. We will take your dogs age, breed, size, and temperament into consideration when making recommendations for spaying or neutering, if you choose to do so.

If You Chose To Spay or Neuter Your Dog

If, after a candid conversation with your veterinarian, you have decided to spay or neuter your dog, you may wonder what the procedure entails. We want all of our clients to feel fully comfortable with the procedure, and we believe this starts with reasonable expectations!

Spaying A Dog

The procedure to spay a dog is one of the most common performed by veterinarians. The age at which your dog is spayed should be discussed with your veterinarian. During this procedure, your dog will have her ovaries and uterus removed while under general anesthesia. Our experienced team will take exceptional care of your sweet girl from start to finish.

The day of the procedure will consist of the following, in order:

  • Check in between 7:15 - 8:30am with a technician to go over your cats treatment plan and admit her to our hospital for the day
  • Your veterinarian will perform a pre-surgical examination and pre-anesthetic bloodwork if not done at a previous appointment
  • A certified technician will administer carefully calculated pre-anesthetic medications prior to placing an IV catheter for the induction of anesthesia, fluids, and anesthesia management
  • Your veterinarian will perform the procedure in our dedicated surgical suite. Your cat will have a certified technician monitoring their anesthesia and vitals for the entirety of the procedure. We will also administer pain medication so your cat is feeling her best afterward
  • Your cat will be moved to our recovery area where a certified technician will monitor them until they are awake and resting comfortably
  • We will continue to monitor your cat for a few hours after anesthesia until she is fully recovered and ready to rest at home
  • During discharge, a technician will go over individualized aftercare instructions for your cat

Neutering A Dog

The procedure to neuter a dog is another extremely common procedure performed by veterinarians. The age at which your dog is neutered should be discussed with your veterinarian. During this procedure, your dog will have his testicles removed while under general anesthesia. Our experienced team will take exceptional care of your handsome boy from start to finish.

The day of the procedure will consist of the following, in order:

  • Check in between 7:15 - 8:30am with a technician to go over your dogs treatment plan and admit him to our hospital for the day
  • Your veterinarian will perform a pre-surgical examination and pre-anesthetic bloodwork if not done at a previous appointment
  • A certified technician will administer carefully calculated pre-anesthetic medications prior to placing an IV catheter for the induction of anesthesia, fluids, and anesthesia management
  • Your veterinarian will perform the procedure in our dedicated surgical suite. Your dog will have a certified technician monitoring their anesthesia and vitals for the entirety of the procedure. We will also administer pain medication so your dog is feeling his best afterward
  • Your dog will be moved to recovery where a certified technician will monitor them until they are awake and resting comfortably
  • We will continue to monitor your dog for a few hours after anesthesia until he is fully recovered and ready to rest at home
  • During discharge, a technician will go over individualized aftercare instructions for your dog

General Recovery Instructions

Dogs typically recover very quickly after being spayed or neutered. After surgery, your dog will need some time to heal up before resuming normal activity. We will give you personalized instructions for your dog following their procedure for optimal pain management and healing. To best help your dog recover, here are a few tips you can follow at home:

  • Help your dog to stay calm and quiet. A comfortable spot inside away from other pets is recommended
  • Limit physical activity such as running, playing, and jumping for 10-14 days after surgery to allow their incision to fully heal
  • Keep your dogs incision dry for 10-14 days; this means to avoid baths, swimming, and licking at the incision site
  • If you dog is trying to lick their incision, it is imperative they wear an e-collar, or cone of shame, to prevent them from hindering the healing process
  • Check your pet's incision daily for progress and proper healing
  • When in doubt, ask your veterinarian

Scheduling a Spay or Neuter Procedure

After you have discussed spaying or neutering your dog with your veterinarian, our exceptional client care team can help you schedule your appointment. Call us today!

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