Puppy and Kitten Spaying
[wp-svg-icons icon=”question” wrap=”i”] So what is involved from start to finish?
At Apple Creek Animal Hospital, we perform a pre-surgical examination 1 week prior to your scheduled surgery date. We will assess for things such as congenital hernias, and retained puppy and kitten teeth, and also discuss pre-anesthetic blood work with you. Spay surgeries are a day procedure, no need for an overnight stay. However, because we do perform a full general anesthetic, we take every precaution to make it as safe as possible and comfortable for your pet. To start, we give an initial sedative and pain medication. We always place all patient on intravenous fluids prior to any anesthetic and have an attending veterinarian watching at all times. We use the best monitoring devices available to assess vital at all times. The spay surgery is done in a sterile manner and involves a small 2-3 cm incision just below the belly button. From this incision the ovaries and uterus are removed. All major blood vessels are securely clamped. The incision is then closed with absorbable suture material under the skin, such that there are no exposed sutures. Once out of surgery and in recovery additional pain medication is given to keep her comfortable, and pain medication is also sent home for 5 days. At home you may notice some swelling, bruising, and redness around the incision. She may be somewhat quiet for the evening, but will likely bounce back the next day. It is important to keep her quiet for the first week. The recovery period usually approximately 10-14 days after surgery.