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Spaying a Dog

Spaying a dog is the sterilization of the female dog. Another term that is often used for spaying a dog is having a dog fixed. Many pet owners choose to have their pets fixed to eliminate any worry of the dog becoming pregnant, and having puppies that the individual may have a hard time finding homes for. Most shelters make sure that all the dogs that are adopted have been through the spaying procedure. Below are questions that have been asked of the Expert about spaying a dog.

What should an individual do if after having a spaying a dog procedure, the wound opens up?

The best thing is to get into the veterinarian that did the procedure as soon as possible. If it is not possible to get in right away, then the area needs to be kept as clean as possible. The area needs to be protected, and the best way is to keep the area covered. The individual should not allow the dog to run around, especially outdoors, to keep the area from opening more, the bandage from coming loose, and the wound becoming infected.

After spaying a dog a year later why would the dog’s vulva be swollen?

Even after spaying a dog there are other things that can cause a dog’s vulva to be swollen. Things that people would not even think of, such as a response to estrogen; if an owner is on hormone replacement therapy which requires that the individual use estrogen cream and the owner pets the animal after using the cream, the estrogen can then be transferred to the dog, causing the swelling. Another thing that may have occurred to cause the vulva to swell is an infection of the vagina which is also known as vaginitis. Vaginits can cause the dog to lick the area, which can bring on swelling.

How long after spaying a dog should an individual wait before allowing it to play roughly or swim?

What is a good amount of time to wait after spaying a dog can depend on the dog’s health and age. If the dog is a healthy young one then the wait could be as little as two weeks. Keep in mind that the larger the dog is the longer the wait time will be longer as the incision will be a bigger one. If at the two week post op mark the incision looks good and shows no gaps or has no warmth to it, then it should be ok to allow the dog to play. The same thing that goes for playing also goes for swimming.

Why do vets wait for estrus to be over before spaying a dog?

The reason that most veterinarians wait until the dog is out of estrus before spaying a dog is due to the blood vessels and the uterus. During estrus the dog’s uterus, as well as blood vessels, are enlarged and more delicate as well, which can increase the risk of bleeding during the surgery. This bleeding is the reason that most vets prefer to wait until estrus has passed and a period of time afterwards to allow the uterus and blood vessels to come back to normal size before spaying a dog, it makes the surgery more safe for the dog.

What general instructions should be followed before spaying a dog procedure?

The most common general instructions to be followed before spaying a dog are the water and food restrictions. Most veterinarians instruct pet owners to not give food or water to their animal after nine p.m. the night before the procedure will be done. Some veterinarians will allow before spaying a dog, water throughout the night. Since every veterinarian has a certain way of preparing for spaying a dog, the individual should contact the office of the veterinarian doing the procedure to find out the specific instructions for the procedure.

Before an animal goes through the spaying a dog procedure veterinarians often give instructions to the owners to not allow the dog to have any food or water after a certain time. Most veterinarians choose not to spay a dog that is in heat, due to the enlargement of the dog’s uterus and blood vessels. The waiting period after the spaying a dog procedure for a dog to be able to play and swim, is dependent on the dog, it’s health, age, and size, but it often no more than two weeks. Any other questions about spaying a dog can be directed to the Experts.

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