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Spaying or ovariohysterectomy of your dog means the surgical removal of her ovaries and uterus (reproductive organs). Spaying is considered a routine abdominal operation.
The procedure is done with your pet under general anaesthesia and consists of a small incision into the abdomen for removal of the ovaries and uterus. The small incision will then be closed with stitches that need to be removed in 10-14 days time. Most dogs can go home the same day as the operation. Your dog will be given long acting pain relief so she will not require any further medication at home, but if you feel that your dog is excessively uncomfortable we are happy to reassess the need for further medication.
It is very important to keep her warm and quiet the first night of her operation and only give her a small meal that night. Then for the next 10-14 days she must have restricted exercise until the sutures are removed. We recommend that your dog is walked on a lead for this period of time and that she is lifted into cars, onto couches rather than jumping up herself and no swimming. Check her wound daily and look out for any swelling or discharge, please contact us if you have any concerns. 10-14 days after her operation the stitches in the skin will require removal (the consultation at stitch removal is included in the price of the spay and will allow the nurse or veterinarian to check the healing of the incision site).
For routine spaying, the best time is at 6 months of age (this is before the onset of puberty). If your dog is older and has already had her season, the best time is in between getting her next season. Dogs come into season approximately every 6 months, so therefore the ideal time for her to be spayed is 3 months after her last season.