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Spaying Your Female Dog 101: Everything You Need To Know

There are many reasons why you should consider spaying your female dog. This procedure requires removing the dog’s uterus and ovaries to prevent pregnancy. Most pet owners refer to this process as “getting your dog fixed.”

Contrary to what many people think, spaying is not as simple as neutering a male dog. This procedure is considered a major surgery, which is why some dog owners are somewhat hesitant.

Unfortunately, a fair amount of dog owners are misinformed about the spaying procedure, not to mention that there are many myths circulating on the Internet about spaying. So you should take the time to learn the facts before you decide on the procedure.

Here are a few things you should know about spaying your female dog.

Why Should You Spay Your Female Dog?
The main benefit of spaying your furry friend is for it not to give birth to more puppies. According to the PetMD, aside from the health and behavioral benefits that come with spaying your dog, doing so can make sure that your canine companion will not contribute to canine overpopulation.

In case you might not be aware, thousands of dogs are getting euthanized in shelters worldwide due to overpopulation.

We have listed a few more reasons on why you should consider spaying your dog.

  • Spaying helps to minimize your dog’s risk of acquiring certain illnesses, especially Pyometra. This is a life-threatening infection that affects the dog’s uterus.
  • Spaying saves you from the hassles of having to keep a lot of male dogs away that are wildly attracted to your female dog.
  • There’s no longer a need to use sanitary pads or deal with a lot of mess inside your home.
  • Spaying also helps to eliminate the rather unpleasant odor that your pup produces while in heat.

Remember that female dogs that haven’t been spayed can go in heat once every eight months and this could last for up to three weeks some times. And unlike female human beings, female dogs don’t go on menopause. This is why they go in heat for the rest of their lives unless they are spayed.

Preparing Your Female Pooch For Surgery
Your local veterinarian will have to perform pre-surgical blood work on your pooch to ensure that it’s strong and healthy enough to withstand the surgery. This is also to make sure that your dog is not suffering from any health conditions that can make the anesthesia ineffective.

Your dog’s vet will offer advice and instructions that you need to follow to ensure the safety of your pooch. This could include prohibiting your pup from eating for at least eight hours before the surgery starts. Drinking water may be permitted.

What Happens Post-Surgery?
Spaying is a standard procedure, yet it’s a major surgical procedure that your canine buddy will go through.

Here’s what you can expect when your dog undergoes the spaying surgery.

  • You may be able to take your pup home with you right after the surgery. But some vets recommend for the pet to stay in the clinic overnight.
  • Sometimes, pain medication will be administered to your dog.
  • Your dog could suffer from nausea and will not eat anything for several days after the surgery is done. There’s no need to worry about this, and your dog should be fine despite missing a few meals.
  • You should limit your dog’s activity during this time because too much movement could make the incision swell and could cause fluid to accumulate.
  • Your dog’s vet will ask you to go back to the clinic after 7-10 days for the stitching to be removed. But this will also depend on the stitches used because some of the modern stitches will eventually get un-stitched on their own.
  • There are dogs that cough after surgery due to the anesthesia tube that’s attached through the throat. But there’s no need to worry except if the coughing goes on for several days. In this case, you need to tell your vet about it.
  • When your dog is feeling a little bit better, it will try to go back to being active but restrict any activity as much as possible so the wound can heal fast.

Get An Elizabethan Collar
Your dog may start licking the stitched area after surgery because this is what it usually will do if it feels itchy. However, this must be prevented at all costs because the licking will only exacerbate the condition.

To keep your dog from licking, get it to wear the Elizabethan collar, also known as the cone of shame. This cone is worn on your pooch’s neck, which makes it unable to bend, and thus, licking will be prevented.

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