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Spay and Neuter Questions

For many years one game show host in the United States would spread the message of spay and neuter to all the viewers, by asking them to spay and neuter their pets. Controlling the pet population was the message. The procedures spay and neuter refers to the sterilization of an animal, with the term spay pertaining to females and term neutering pertaining to males. After an animal undergoes the sterilization procedure the animal is no longer able to reproduce.

Below are questions that have been asked of the Experts about spay and neuter.

What are the pros and cons of spaying or neutering?

Pros: the prevention of unwanted and feral puppies, to reduce genetic diseases, as well as testicular and testosterone caused diseases and disorders.

Cons include: weight disorders, loss of breeding value, reduced muscle mass, and increased bone formation during development due to delayed growth plates, laziness, and the price of the veterinary procedure are also factors.

Is there low cost spaying and neuter clinics?

Across the United States there are many low cost and free spay and neuter programs. A person can call a human society or rescue near them that may be able to point them in the direction of programs nearby.

Is it safe to spay and neuter puppies at ages eight to ten weeks?

There are many rescues, shelters, or humane societies that do spay and neuter puppies at the age of eight to ten weeks. For a male animal to be neutered the testicles have to have dropped. The main reason that most are not fixed at that early age is controversial regarding development issues. The reason that most shelters, humane societies, or rescues that will do spay or neuter at such a young age is because they do not adopt out animals that are intact.

Is coughing normal after a spay and neuter?

Because an endotracheal tube is placed for surgery, it is possible for a dog that has undergone a spay or neuter to have a cough. This endotracheal tube may irritate the throat which in turn may cause the animal to have a cough that may last for a few days. If the cough persists for longer than that then the owner of the animal needs to consult with their veterinarian. The cough may be something beyond the irritation of the endotracheal tube from spay and neuter.

What should be done if after spaying a dog, the wound opens up?

The best thing is to get into the veterinarian that did the procedure as soon as possible. If the vet is not available, then the area needs to be kept as clean as possible. The area needs to be covered and protected. Do 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.

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

The 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. 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 for this 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, which can increase the risk of bleeding during the surgery. It generally is more safe to wait.

What general instructions should be followed before spaying or neutering a dog?

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. 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.

What can I do if my dog just got neutered and tore out the staples?

The best thing to do is to go back to the vet and have the incision looked at. The vet may use stitches instead. You might also want to buy a no bite collar so that the dog cannot bite at the staples or stitches again. There is one other thing you can do as long as the dog does not lick or bite at the open wound, you may be able to leave it open. The wound should heal on its own it may take longer than if it was closed.

What can be done if a dogs neutering incision is coming open after the stitches was removed?

This incision should be a small opening, so if there is no oozing or bleeding then the incision should heal on its own. You may want to apply Neosporin 3 to 4 times a day. Also you may need to buy a no bite collar so that your dog cannot lick the incision or bite at it. If your dog’s incision is swollen or giving off a discharge, then you may want to take the dog to the Vet very soon.

Spay and neutering a dog has a long list of pros and cons that often cause pet owners to have questions. When faced with questions, ask an Expert online for fast affordable answers without the office wait time. 


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