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How Long Does Spaying Take?

Having your female pet spayed is an effective way to prevent the birth of unwanted litters of kittens or puppies. Additionally, it can help discourage undesirable behaviors and provide protection against certain types of cancer. Our vets South Wilton have provided a detailed explanation of the spaying process.

What Is Spaying?

An ovariohysterectomy, commonly known as a spay, is the surgical removal of the female reproductive organs, including the ovaries, uterine horns, and body of the uterus.

Benefits Of Spaying

Having your pet spayed is an effective way to prevent unwanted litter of puppies or kittens. This is particularly important for outdoor female cats since they are at a higher risk of getting pregnant early.

Spaying can also reduce the likelihood of your pet developing diseases affecting the female reproductive system.

The procedure eliminates the possibility of severe infection of the uterus, known as pyometra. Evidence suggests that spaying at a young age can lower the risk of developing breast cancer later in life for pets.

The Spay Procedure 

Before the surgery, your veterinarian will conduct the necessary diagnostic tests to ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo the operation safely. The spay procedure is performed under general anesthesia. 

Once your pet is under anesthesia, the hair on its abdomen will be shaved, and the skin will be thoroughly disinfected. The organs will then be removed using either surgical lasers or a traditional scalpel, both of which are safe methods. 

After the surgery is completed, your pet's skin will be closed using skin glue, sutures, or surgical staples. If stitches or staples are used, they will need to be removed by your veterinarian 10 to 14 days following the procedure.

How Long Does Spaying Take?

The duration of the procedure depends on the size of your pet and any special medical requirements and usually ranges from 20 to 90 minutes. The procedure may take longer for older pets or large-breed dogs, and two surgeons may be required to perform it.

Although the actual procedure is relatively quick, your pet may need to spend a few hours at the hospital for check-in, an initial physical assessment, the surgery itself, and recovery from anesthesia.

Recovery After Spaying Surgery

Most pets will start to feel better in 24 - 48 hours, but full recovery takes between 10 to 14 days. During this period, you should keep your pet calm and refrain from allowing them to jump, as this could cause the incision to reopen. The incision should be checked daily for signs of infection. Contact your veterinarian if you notice redness, discharge, swelling, or a foul odor.

You should also monitor your pet's behavior. If, after 48 hours, they still seem lethargic or are not eating or drinking, it could be a sign of infection. Follow up with your veterinarian or bring them to an emergency veterinarian for 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.

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