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 What is an Ovariohysterectomy?
An Ovariohysterectomy (spay) is the surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries from the abdomen of a female animal. The process of spaying an animal, is sometimes referred to as "desexing".
What is the purpose of a spay?
The spay is the only foolproof method of birth control for female dogs and cats. It is a permanent method, and eliminates the possibility of improper administration of pills, drops and injections, which can result in unwanted litters.
Will spaying eliminate heat?
A spayed animal no longer goes through heat cycles. Normally female dogs come into o heat twice a year, cats more often. Spaying ends several problems associated with heat, including spotting, and the necessity of confining females to prevent the approaches of males. Spaying also prevents such irritations as a howling cat in heat, or a whining, anxious dog in false pregnancy after heat.
Do pets gain weight after a spay?
Your pet should not gain weight if you provide a balanced diet and encourage regular exercise.
Should dogs have at least one litter before being spayed?
The risk of mammary cancer is reduced if a dog or cat is spayed before its first heat. Your dog does not need to have a litter to mature, learn obedience, or become a good watchdog.
How is a spay performed?
The animal is anaesthetised, and is abdomen is shaved, scrubbed and prepared for surgery. A midline incision is made with a scalpel blade, and the uterus and ovaries are removed. The opening is closed by suturing the layers of tissue. The internal layer of stitches are dissolving, but the outermost layer has to be removed. Generally the wound takes 10 to 14 days to heal, and the stitches are then removed.