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Everything to know about a female dog spayed. The pet parent guide!

Female golden labrador at the vet advice © Shutterstock

Spaying is one of the most responsible ways that dog owners can care for their pet. A female dog spayed needs special care! Read about it in this article. A spay surgery is a procedure widely used in modern times. It prevents dogs from getting pregnant due to the removal of both the ovaries and the uterus.

By Daniel Mar

As you may have thought, it is a major canine surgery, but fortunately, your dog will only be affected for a few days. Afterwards, a female dog spayed will enjoy many health benefits! Before carrying this out, you need to think about its repercussion. If you are not planning on breeding your dog any longer, you can spay her. You will avoid much-unwanted trouble and your female dog spayed will gain a considerable level of freedom.

What’s the difference between spaying and neutering?

First of all, spaying refers to the removal of a female dog’s reproductive organs while neutering refers to the same procedure in males. A female dog spayed has no ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus. In other words, spaying renders a female dog incapable of reproducing! Likewise, it will eliminate her heat cycle.

When a male dog is neutered, both of his testicles and their associated structures are removed. As with spaying, neutering renders a male dog the ability to reproduce. Additionally, it eliminates any behaviour related to breeding instincts, like humping.

Cost of spaying

The cost of spaying a dog varies according to factors like geographic location and size of the dog. Generally, animal hospitals charge more than £235 for the surgery. A low-cost clinic can charge in the range of £35 to £105.

Benefits of a female dog spayed

The benefits to your dog are numerous:

This surgery reduces the risk of certain illnesses like pyometra or mammary gland cancer.

Spaying reduces pet overpopulation. Millions of dogs are put down because there aren’t enough homes for them.

It saves you the trouble of dealing with unwanted male dogs every time your dog is in heat.

Since it eliminates heat season, you won’t have to deal with any strange odours and blood resulting from a dog in heat.

Generally, female dogs go into heat at least once a year. This lasts for as long as three weeks. Female dogs don’t go into menopause! They will go into heat for their entire lives unless they’re spayed.

When is it time to spay your dog?

Generally, the traditional age for spaying a dog is between six and nine months. However, if you choose to do it so young it means that you have no desire of ever breeding your dog.  Nevertheless, several factors can influence the timing of spaying. For example, you need to take a dog’s breed into consideration. Extensive research on this topic has shown that larger dog breeds tend to mature slower than smaller breeds! Also, an animal’s living condition can determine a great deal. If you decide to raise a male and female from the same litter, they need to be spayed and neutered early, preferably before the female goes into heat. Pregnancies resulting from siblings are not a good idea, no matter the dog breed!

But before a dog is spayed, your vet needs to check your dog for any health issues. Make sure that you have your pet’s full medical history to evaluate any risk and/or complications from the procedure or medications.

Recovery time for a female dog spayed

Once your female dog spayed has left the operating room, you have a few days of recovery ahead of you. It is important that you help your pet to have a safe and comfortable recovery. You should follow these precautions:

  • Keep the dog indoors at all times.
  • Prevent any type of contact with other animals.
  • Don’t let the dog run and jump for at least two weeks after surgery.

Make sure that your female dog spayed cannot lick her incision site. Use an Elizabethan collar or other similar methods.

Keep watch on the incision every day. If redness, swelling or discharge is visible, contact the vet.

Do not bathe your female dog spayed for at least 10 days.

In case that your dog is displaying signs of chronic pain (excessive panting, etc.), you need to ask your vet about possible pain management methods. He may prescribe some pain medication.

A female dog spayed gets many benefits from this surgery. However, it still is a very risky procedure! Make sure you follow all of your vet’s instructions when undergoing this procedure with your female dog.