What is Spaying Your Dog, and How is it Done?

What is Spaying Your Dog, and How is it Done?

As a pet owner, there are lots of questions about spaying that you are probably asking. Questions such as the risk of the process of spaying. This guide will give you the best step-by-step process for you to spay your dog.

Spaying is a term used for the removal of the ovaries and the uterus of your dog. It makes your female dog unable to give birth and reproduce during her heat circle. For some dogs, their behavior during heat circles will change. But this is not exactly so for some dogs.

When determining the spay processes and conditions, pet owners will usually take suggestions from the vet. Usually, all rescue organizations and shelter houses will need all the adopted dogs spayed. This is more like a standard procedure.

However, choosing to spay your dog is a personal decision. But it is an important decision too. Before you agree to spay, you should ensure that you have all the necessary facts about spaying. This will help you make the best decision for your dog.


Benefits of Spaying Your Dog

  1. One main benefit of spaying your dog is to curb the issue of overpopulation. Once a dog is spayed, it will be unable to reproduce. Her uterus and her ovaries would be removed.
  1. Dogs that are not spayed would have their period twice in a year. This comes with its difficulties. When your dog is spayed, it eliminates the challenges that come with a dog that can reproduce.
  1. There is a reduction in unwanted behaviors. Behaviors such as jumping, roaming, and other related dog fights due to slight aggression will be removed.
  1. Spaying reduces to the barest minimum the chances of breast cancer, uterine cancer, and other severe uterine infection.


How is the Spaying Surgery Done?

  1. Your dog will have to go for a test. This test will be done to analyze the blood of your dog. This is to ensure that the dog is safe for anesthesia.
  1. If the blood is okay, your dog will be given a sedative. This will reduce her anxiety and pain. A catheter will be placed between her legs. Sometimes, after the surgery, you will notice that there is a clipped fur on your dog’s leg.
  1. After all this, your dog will be given general anesthesia. She will have her abdomen clipped, and the skin is then prepared for surgery.
  1. The surgeon will make an incision through the skin of your dog around the abdomen just below the navel. And if your dog is big, the incision will be large but small if she is just barely an adult.
  1. The surgeon will search for the uterus with a tool called spaying tool; he will bring it up through the incision in the abdomen. He then would clamp the ovaries after finding it.
  1. He would use a suture to tie off each ovary. He will remove it with a scalpel or a laser. And depending on your decision, he may leave or remove the uterus too.
  1. The surgeon will check appropriately for any bleeding on the uterine and the ovary attachments if there are none. He will put them back inside the abdomen.
  1. The abdomen is closed. This is done with some layers of staples or suture. The suture is done under the skin. This way, it can dissolve after some time. It takes away the need to remove it later.
  1. Your dog will be given some injection for pain relief when she wakes up; she is given some other medications that can make her recover fast. The dog will be admitted to an outpatient facility during the period of spay. But your dog can go back on the same day of the surgery. This depends on the recommendations and perceived complications by the surgeon.


Does Spaying Cause Pain?

Spaying is a surgical procedure, and yes, it is painful. But with the invention of pain medications, most dogs will have their pains adequately managed by the vet. It is quite essential to control the pain after the surgery.


Are There Risks with Spaying?

Yes. There are. These risks include infection, dehiscence, infection, and even excessive bleeding. Spaying also calls for the need for general anesthesia, and this can lead to death. This is the reason for the initial blood test at the beginning of the procedure. All you need is to monitor your dog for strange signs after spaying, and you will be fine.

If you are considering spaying your Frenchie, hope you find good reasons to go ahead or not. Have you spayed a dog before? We are open to hearing your views on the subject matter. Use the comment section below.  


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Can one choose to remove the uterus and leave the ovaries for the beneficial harmones?

Kay Guedea

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