Spaying your female cat or dog is the best way to stop them from having babies that you don't want. It can also help to stop them from doing things you don't like and protect them from getting some types of cancer that are serious. Our vets in Brodheadsville will explain how the spaying process works and how much time it will take to finish.

What is spaying?

A spay procedure, also called ovariohysterectomy, is a surgery that takes out the female reproductive organs. This includes the two ovaries, the uterine horns, and the body of the uterus.

What are the benefits of spaying?

By spaying your pet, you prevent them from having unwanted litters. This is especially important for outdoor female cats, who are at the highest risk of getting pregnant. Spaying also reduces the chance of your pet getting sick from a disease of the female reproductive system. The operation removes the possibility of a severe infection of the uterus (pyometra). Additionally, research shows that pets spayed at a young age have a lower risk of getting breast cancer when they're older.

What happens during a spaying procedure? 

When spaying your pet, they will be given general anesthesia to keep them comfortable during the surgery. Before the procedure, your vet will check if your pet is healthy enough for the operation by running some tests. During the surgery, the vet will shave the hair on your pet's belly and clean the skin carefully.

Then, they will remove the necessary organs either with surgical lasers or a scalpel. Both methods are safe. After the surgery, the vet will close the incision using skin glue, sutures, or staples. If stitches or staples are used, your vet will need to remove them after 10 to 14 days.

How long does spaying surgery take? 

The time it takes to do the procedure on your pet depends on their size and any medical issues they have. It usually takes between 20 and 90 minutes. For bigger pets or older dogs, it may take longer and need two surgeons. Your pet will be at the hospital for a few hours, including check-in, a physical exam, surgery, and time for anesthesia to wear off.

How long does it take to recover from spaying?

After your pet's surgery, they should start feeling better within 24 to 48 hours. However, it takes around 10 to 14 days for them to recover fully. During this time, it's important to keep your pet calm and prevent them from jumping as it could reopen the incision. You should check the incision daily for signs of infection such as redness, discharge, swelling, or a foul odor. If you notice any of these signs, contact your veterinarian. 

It's also crucial to monitor your pet's behavior during the recovery period. If your pet is still lethargic or not eating or drinking after 48 hours, it could indicate an infection. You should follow up with your veterinarian or take your pet to an emergency veterinarian for medical attention.

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.