Spaying your female pet is an excellent method for preventing unwelcome litters of kittens or puppies from being in your care. In addition to this, it can help prevent your pet from developing certain types of cancer and prevent unwanted behaviors from occurring. In this post, our Rochester veterinarians provide additional information regarding the spaying procedure and how long spaying takes to heal.

What is spaying?

An ovariohysterectomy, which is more commonly referred to as a spay procedure, is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the female reproductive organs. These organs include the two ovaries, the uterine horns, and the body of the uterus.

Benefits Of Spaying

By having your pet spayed, you are removing the possibility of having another litter of kittens or puppies that you do not want. When it comes to female cats that live outside, spaying is especially important because they have the highest risk of becoming pregnant at an early age and that they can start getting pregnant at any time.

Spaying your pet can also help reduce the likelihood of it developing a disease that affects the female reproductive system. The spay procedure eliminates the risk of a severe uterine infection, also known as pyometra. Furthermore, some evidence suggests that spaying pets at a young age reduces their risk of developing breast cancer in the future.

When should I get my pet spayed?

Generally, it is recommended to spay female cats and dogs before their first heat cycle, which is typically around 6 months of age. However, for certain large dog breeds, it may be advised to wait until they are closer to 1 year old to allow for proper growth and development. 

The most precise and detailed advice for your pet's unique needs can be obtained by speaking with your veterinarian.

However, it is important to note that spaying can be done at any age, even if your pet has already gone through their first heat cycle. It is never too late to have your pet spayed, as it offers numerous health benefits and helps prevent unwanted pregnancies.

What happens if I don't get my pet spayed?

There are a few potential consequences to not having your pet spayed. One of the most serious concerns is that your pet may become pregnant unintentionally, contributing to an increase in the pet population. Furthermore, female pets who have not been spayed may be at a higher risk of developing certain health problems, such as uterine infections and cancer.

The Spay Procedure 

In order to ensure that your pet is in good enough health to undergo the operation without any unnecessary risks, your veterinarian will perform the necessary diagnostic tests prior to the beginning of the procedure.  In order to perform spay procedures, general anesthesia is normally administered.

After the anesthesia has been administered, the hair on your pet's abdomen will be shaved down, and the skin will be disinfected in a comprehensive manner. Laparoscopic surgery, which utilizes surgical lasers, or traditional scalpel surgery are the two methods that are utilized to remove the organs. Both approaches are risk-free.

Following the procedure, your pet's skin will be bandaged with either skin glue, sutures (stitches), or surgical staples. Ten to fourteen days after the procedure, your veterinarian will need to remove any staples or stitches that came out of the animal.

How long does spaying surgery take?

The procedure could take anywhere from twenty to ninety minutes, depending on your pet's size and any special medical needs. When it comes to older pets or large-breed dogs, the procedure may take longer and even require the participation of two surgeons at once.

You should anticipate that your pet will spend a few hours at the hospital, despite the fact that the procedure itself is relatively short. This is because you will need to allow time for check-in, an initial physical assessment, the actual surgery, and recovery from the anesthesia.

How long does it take for a pet to recover from spaying?

So, how long does spaying take to heal? Within twenty-four to forty-eight hours, the majority of pets will begin to feel better, but it will take between ten and fourteen days for them to fully recover. During this time, you should make it a priority to maintain your pet's composure and refrain from allowing them to jump, as this could result in the previously closed incision becoming open again. Observe the incision on a daily basis for any indications of infection. Contact your veterinarian if you observe any of the following symptoms: redness, discharge, swelling, or an offensive odor.

Watching how your pet behaves is another important thing to do. A possible indication of an infection is if, after forty-eight hours, they continue to exhibit signs of lethargy and do not consume any food or liquids. Make sure to follow up with your veterinarian or take them to a veterinarian who specializes in emergency patient care.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Is it time for your cat or dog's spay procedure? Get in touch with the veterinarians at Stoney Pointe Pet Hospital to schedule an appointment. Remember, it's never too late to have your dog or cat spayed.