Spay Surgery, From Start to Finish

What you need to know about this important procedure.

By Maureen Kochan |

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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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