Dog Spay Surgery, From Start to Finish
What you need to know about this important procedure for dogs.
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Is it expensive?
Many veterinarians offer spay services as part of a puppy vaccination package
Some offer a spay day with reduced fees for those who demonstrate need
Many shelters and humane organizations provide spay vouchers or other funding to those in need
When can my dog come home?
Many vets will keep dogs for an overnight stay but some may go home the same day
If you need to work and can't stay with your dog when she gets home, ask your veterinarian about an extended stay for observation
How can I help my dog once she comes home?
Keep her quiet and restrict unnecessary activity
Prevent excessive licking of the incision
Monitor food and water intake according to your veterinarians instructions
What symptoms should prompt me to call my veterinarian?
A reopened incision
Abnormal swelling of the incision area (some swelling is normal)
Dark red or purple discoloration
Bloody or thick discharge from the incision
Foul odors from the incision area, which could indicate an infection
Continued lethargy or if your dog doesn't seem to get better after a few days
When can my dog resume normal activity?
Most dogs are awake and alert soon after surgery
Some will eat the same day as surgery
Most resume normal activity within 3 days
Spay surgery is an important part of responsible pet ownership, and an investment in your dogs long-term health. Have additional questions? Talk to your veterinarian today.
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