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How long does spaying take?

Spaying not only prevents an unwanted litter of puppies, but also provides several health benefits to your furry friend. In today's post, our vets in San Diego provide all the information you need about the spaying process and how long it takes to recover from spaying.

What is spaying?

Spaying, also known as ovariohysterectomy, removes a female pet's reproductive organs: two ovaries, uterine horns, and uterus.

What are the benefits of spaying?

By spaying your pet, you can prevent unwanted litters, which is especially crucial in the case of outdoor female cats, as they are at the highest risk of pregnancy.

Additionally, spaying can benefit your pet's health. It reduces the risk of female reproductive system diseases and eliminates the possibility of severe uterine infections. Studies show that spaying at a young age also lowers the risk of developing mammary cancer.

What happens during a spaying procedure? 

Spaying procedures are usually performed under general anesthesia. Before the surgery, your veterinarian may conduct diagnostic tests to ensure your pet is healthy enough for the operation and anesthesia. 

During the procedure, the hair on your pet's abdomen will be clipped, and their skin will be thoroughly disinfected. The reproductive organs will then be removed. The surgery can be performed using surgical lasers, a traditional scalpel, or laparoscopically by making a smaller incision, which is less invasive, allowing for faster recovery. All methods are considered safe.

After the surgery, your pet's skin will be closed using skin glue, sutures, or surgical staples. If stitches or staples are used, your veterinarian will remove them approximately 10 to 14 days after the procedure.

How long does spaying surgery take? 

The duration of the procedure depends on your pet's size and any special medical circumstances,  but it usually takes 20 to 90 minutes. For senior or large-breed dogs, the procedure might take longer and may require two surgeons because larger body sizes and more simple anatomical structures increase the risk of for actor and blood supply. Although the surgery itself is quick, your pet may need to remain at the hospital for a few hours to recover from anesthesia and undergo a physical examination to ensure that everything is in order post-surgery.

How long does it take to heal & recover from spaying?

The amount of time it takes for your pet to recover from spaying can vary depending on several factors. However, most pets start feeling better within 24 to 48 hours, but complete recovery usually takes around 10 to 14 days.

During this period, it is essential to keep your pet calm and prevent them from jumping, as it may cause the incision to open. It is also important to check the incision every day for any signs of infection, such as redness, discharge, swelling, or a foul odor.

If you notice any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Additionally, you should monitor your pet's behavior during the recovery period. If your pet still seems lethargic or is not eating or drinking after 48 hours, it could be a sign of an infection. In such cases, it is advisable to follow up with your veterinarian or take your pet to an emergency veterinarian for proper care.

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.

Would you like to have your pet spayed or neutered? Contact us at San Diego to schedule a surgery.

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