Can a spaying go wrong?
With all of the benefits of spaying your female dog, it’s important to keep in mind the possible complications once you have decided. Typically, the possible issues that could happen after the surgery include infection, spay incontinence, opening an incision, seromas, and hernia.
Why are so many female dogs spayed in the UK?
The vast majority of female dogs within the UK are spayed, in order to reduce unwanted pregnancies and avoid contributing to the surplus of dogs without homes all over the UK. The actual spay operation itself, while a major surgery, is relatively straightforward, and most vets perform hundreds of spay procedures every year without incident.
When to take your dog to the vet after a spay?
If the bruises caused by sterilization are not extensive, go away and are not painful for your animal, veterinary consultation is not required. However, if your dog feels pain and is experiencing excessive bleeding after being spayed, we recommend visiting your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Can a spayed dog still be in heat?
However, in some rare cases, owners of spayed bitches may run into problems some time after spaying, and find that their bitch begins behaving as if she is in heat, when she is not. This behaviour is of course undesirable and unusual, and may manifest in a variety of different ways.
How long will it take Tilly to recover from her spay?
After a couple of weeks, if all goes according to plan, the bitch can be allowed to gradually increase her exercise levels. This is the stage that Tilly has now reached and she is thoroughly enjoying a good run again now that she is feeling back to normal.
Is it a small operation to spay a female dog?
Spaying or neutering a female dog is not a small operation. So owners should think carefully about all the pros and cons before deciding.
Where do you make the incision for a spay?
The area where the surgical incision is to be made will be prepared by clipping and thorough cleaning to make it as close to sterile as possible. The site is usually in the middle of the tummy, but some vets prefer to use an incision through the side of the tummy.
What happens to your dog after a spay?
In some cases, this can also result in something called a stump pyometra. This is when the small pouch of uterus that is normally left after a spay becomes filled with infection. These dogs will usually drip a bloody/pus-like mixture from the vulva, will become febrile, lethargic and will usually lose their appetites.