Getting a Spay or Neuter Operation for Your Dog
Part of the responsibility of pet ownership is making certain there is no unexpected offspring, and for the majority of dog owners, this means getting your dog a spay or neuter operation. Here at Central Texas Animal Hospital in Pflugerville, we take this responsibility very seriously. If you're nervous about bringing your furry friend in for an operation here's a bit of an explanation of what the procedure involves.
What it Means to Spay or Neuter a Dog
First off, spaying a dog refers to the procedure that is done to a female dog, while neutering refers to the procedure that is done to male dogs. In both instances, the dog's reproductive organs are removed.
When to Spay or Neuter Your Dog
We work closely with our patients to determine what is the best age for a dog to get spayed or neutered. In most cases, dogs are spayed or neutered between the ages of four and six months, but a dog can potentially have the procedure done as young as two months. For female dogs, waiting longer than six months runs the risk of the dog having her first heat.
What Happens When You Don't Spay or Neuter Your Dog?
Clearly you run the risk of unintended pregnancies due to not spaying or neutering your dog. Additionally, a female dog will start to go into heat a couple of times a year, this will cause a mess around the house as well as attract the attention of male dogs in the neighborhood. Male dogs can show signs of aggression and will show extreme interest in any female dogs in heat.
Recovery After Spaying and Neutering
Most dogs will require a cone to be placed around the neck for a while. The purpose of this is to prevent the dog from licking the incision and stitches. During this time it is also necessary to keep the dog mostly inside and closely monitor your pet when it is time to go outside to use the restroom. The incision needs to be checked daily to make certain it is healing properly. Also, the dog should not be bathed for at least ten days. Signs of distress or lethargy after the first couple of days following surgery are indications that you should contact your vet.
Ready to Spay or Neuter Your Dog?
Central Texas Animal Hospital is here to answer any questions that you may have about the procedure. Call us today at (512) 251-BARK to book your appointment with our veterinarian in Pflugerville.