Neutering dogs – Bitch spay operation: a step by step guide

Deciding whether to spay

Spaying or neutering a female dog is not a small operation, so owners should think carefully about all the pros and cons before deciding.

The main advantages of spaying are preventing pregnancy, preventing infection of the uterus (pyometra), preventing ovarian or uterine cancer and reducing the likelihood of mammary (breast) cancer, all of which can be life-threatening. It also prevents the inconvenience of having a bitch in season with unwanted attention from male dogs.

The main disadvantages are major surgery with associated risks, an anaesthetic with associated risks and the increased likelihood of urinary incontinence in later life. Fortunately, the risks involved in anaesthesia and surgery are very small indeed compared with the risks of the other conditions which are prevented by spaying. Urinary incontinence in later life is a nuisance but not very common, and can usually be controlled by drugs.

There is no medical reason to let a bitch have one litter before spay, in fact some of the benefits like protection against mammary tumours, are lost if the operation is delayed. Unless an owner is committed to having a litter, with all the work and expense that can be involved, and the bitch is also suitable in temperament and free of any hereditary problems, then breeding should not be considered.

Tilly GrinSome people expect that their bitch will get fat after spay, but in fact this is entirely preventable with a healthy diet and proper exercise.

My own opinion is that most bitches should be spayed because of the health benefits. My boxer bitch Tilly was recently spayed.

Deciding when to spay

It is not a good idea to spay when a bitch is in season or about to come into season, because the blood vessels supplying the uterus and ovaries are all larger and this will increase the risks of surgery. The other time we try to avoid is the 8 weeks after a season, when a bitch may suffer from a hormonal imbalance called a false pregnancy. If this happens, she may be acting as if she is nursing pups and the operation at this time would cause such sudden changes in hormone levels that it would be unfair to her. Also if she was producing milk, the enlargement of the milk glands would make it more difficult for the spay wound to heal.

For all of these reasons, the time chosen to spay is usually either before the first season occurs, or 3-4 months after a season. A physical examination by the vet will determine whether a 5-6 month old bitch puppy is mature enough to spay before her first season.

Before the operation

As well as timing the operation carefully to reduce any risks, it is also important that the bitch is not overweight. Because this increases the difficulty of the operation, it may well be advised that an overweight bitch should lose weight before the operation.

Another important way of spotting avoidable risks is by taking a blood test before the anaesthetic. This could be done on the day of the operation or a few days earlier. This is used to check the liver and kidney function (both vital when dealing with anaesthetic drugs) and to rule out any unsuspected illnesses.

Before going to the surgery

Before any anaesthetic the patient should be starved for a number of hours, according to the instructions of the surgery. This prevents any problems with vomiting which could be dangerous. It is also a good idea to allow the dog enough exercise to empty the bladder and bowels. Apart from that, it is best to stick as closely as possible to the normal routines of the day so that the dog does not feel anxious.

Being admitted for surgery

On arrival at the surgery, you can expect to be seen by a vet or a veterinary nurse who will check that you understand the nature of the operation and will answer any questions you may have. They will ask you to read and to sign a consent form for the procedure and ask you to supply contact phone numbers. This is very important in case anything needs to be discussed with the owner before or during the operation.

Before the anaesthetic

Your bitch will be weighed to help calculate the dosages of drugs and given a physical examination including checking her heart. If a pre-anaesthetic blood test has not already been done, it will be done now and the results checked before proceeding. If any abnormalities are found, these will be discussed with the owner before deciding whether the operation goes ahead or not. One possible outcome is that extra precautions such as intravenous fluids may be given.

A pre-med, which is usually a combination of several drugs, will be given by injection. This begins to make the dog feel a bit sleepy and ensures that pain relief will be as effective as possible.

The anaesthetic

There are several ways in which this can be given, but the most common is by an injection into the vein of the front leg. The effects of the most commonly used drugs are very fast, but don’t last for very long, so a tube is placed into the windpipe to allow anaesthetic gas and oxygen to be given. The anaesthetic gas allows the right level of anaesthesia to be maintained safely for as long as necessary.

Various pieces of equipment will then be connected up to monitor the anaesthetic. This is a skilled job which would usually be carried out by a qualified veterinary nurse. Apart from the operating table, the instruments and the anaesthetic machine, a lot of specialised equipment will be on “stand by” in case it is needed.

The area where the surgical incision is to be made will be prepared by clipping and thorough cleaning to make it as close to sterile as possible. The site is usually in the middle of the tummy, but some vets prefer to use an incision through the side of the tummy.

The operation

While the bitch is being prepared for surgery as mentioned above, the surgeon will be “scrubbing up” and putting on sterile clothing (gown, gloves, hat & mask) just as in all television surgical drama programmes. The surgical instruments will have been sterilised in advance and are opened and laid out at the start of the operation.

The operation involves removal of the ovaries and uterus (ovario-hysterectomy). The surgeon carefully opens the abdomen by cutting through the various layers. The first ovary is located and its blood vessels are tied off before it can be cut free at one end, then this is repeated with the second ovary. It is a delicate and fiddly job, needing great care and attention. The main body of the womb or uterus is then tied off as well before the whole thing can be cut free and removed. After checking for any bleeding, the layers of the tummy can then be sewn closed again. A dressing might be applied to the wound. Further drugs may be given now as needed.

When the operation is finished, the gas anaesthetic is reduced and the bitch begins to wake up. She will be constantly monitored and the tube removed from her windpipe when she reaches the right level of wakefulness.

Recovery

Like humans, dogs are often a bit woozy as they come round, so she will be placed in a cage with soft warm bedding and kept under observation. Usually they will wake up uneventfully and then sleep it off for the rest of the day.

After-care

The bitch will not be allowed home until she is able to walk and is comfortable. Full instructions should be given by the surgery concerning after-care. The most important things would be to check the appearance of the wound, to prevent the bitch from licking it (with a plastic bucket-collar if necessary) and to limit her exercise by keeping her on the lead. Any concerns of any kind should be raised with the surgery.

Any medication supplied should be given according to the instructions. Pain relief can be given by tablets or liquid on the food. Antibiotics are not always needed, but may be supplied if there is a need for them.

Usually there will be stitches in the skin which need to be removed after about 10 days, but sometimes these are concealed under the surface and will dissolve by themselves.

tilly's wound with text

After a couple of weeks, if all goes according to plan, the bitch can be allowed to gradually increase her exercise levels. This is the stage that Tilly has now reached and she is thoroughly enjoying a good run again now that she is feeling back to normal.

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287 thoughts on “Neutering dogs – Bitch spay operation: a step by step guide

  1. Really good overview – I have an 8 month old black labrador bitch and knew we wanted her spayed but it was a question of when – a surprising lack of information available to “Joe Public” when it comes to researching best time to spay (before first season or not). I decided to spay her before and do not regret the decision as the op went well and she recovered quickly. The biggest challenge was to get her to rest for 10 days post-op!
    Good article – thanks!

  2. Really good overview – I have an 8 month old black labrador bitch and knew we wanted her spayed but it was a question of when – a surprising lack of information available to “Joe Public” when it comes to researching best time to spay (before first season or not). I decided to spay her before and do not regret the decision as the op went well and she recovered quickly. The biggest challenge was to get her to rest for 10 days post-op!
    Good article – thanks!

  3. Good article, but forget talking about new procedures in vet surgery as lap spay.
    Thanks for your job

  4. Good article, but forget talking about new procedures in vet surgery as lap spay.
    Thanks for your job

  5. thank you for going through all the steps of spaying my 11month old staffie is having this done as i write this reply,she has had a first season 3months ago, as other people have commented the biggest problem will be making her rest for 10 days!!

  6. thank you for going through all the steps of spaying my 11month old staffie is having this done as i write this reply,she has had a first season 3months ago, as other people have commented the biggest problem will be making her rest for 10 days!!

  7. Oh dear, how am I going to keep a Parson Russell Terrier quiet? She had a very mild first season as she’s only 7 months old, but I will take her as soon as she is ready, keeping the tips in this article in mind. Thanks.

  8. Oh dear, how am I going to keep a Parson Russell Terrier quiet? She had a very mild first season as she’s only 7 months old, but I will take her as soon as she is ready, keeping the tips in this article in mind. Thanks.

  9. Thank you for all the info, my dog has pyometra and has to be spayed, she is 5 years old, this has put my mind at ease somewhat, thank you!

  10. Thank you for all the info, my dog has pyometra and has to be spayed, she is 5 years old, this has put my mind at ease somewhat, thank you!

  11. This is an excellent article, comprehensive, but written in easy to understand language for the lay person. I am shortly purchasing a labrador bitch and want to collect all the necessary information in good time. Well done Jenny.

  12. This is an excellent article, comprehensive, but written in easy to understand language for the lay person. I am shortly purchasing a labrador bitch and want to collect all the necessary information in good time. Well done Jenny.

  13. I have two female Maltese mixes . One is age ten and one age seven . We have rescued a neutered Maltese , age 15 month’s . They are sweet dog’s but the girls are in heat and I have had next to no sleep from the “dancing ” ! Are the girls too old to be spayed ? What about the new tech. of spaying done through a small hole type incision . Is the uterus suctioned out ? What is this type of spaying called and what is involved ? Is it a safer way to go since my girls are older ?
    Thank you for your help ,
    Linda

  14. I have two female Maltese mixes . One is age ten and one age seven . We have rescued a neutered Maltese , age 15 month’s . They are sweet dog’s but the girls are in heat and I have had next to no sleep from the “dancing ” ! Are the girls too old to be spayed ? What about the new tech. of spaying done through a small hole type incision . Is the uterus suctioned out ? What is this type of spaying called and what is involved ? Is it a safer way to go since my girls are older ?
    Thank you for your help ,
    Linda

  15. Hi Linda, I have just collected my 2 boxer bitches this evening from the vet. They were both spayed today, they are 8 & 3 years old! We were concerned about the older one but we didnt need to worry. Our vet said they both did brilliant and the op was a great success for them both. We have to allow a little longer for the older girl to recover and take it easy with her but other than that she is doing fine! Hope this helps 🙂

  16. Hi Linda, I have just collected my 2 boxer bitches this evening from the vet. They were both spayed today, they are 8 & 3 years old! We were concerned about the older one but we didnt need to worry. Our vet said they both did brilliant and the op was a great success for them both. We have to allow a little longer for the older girl to recover and take it easy with her but other than that she is doing fine! Hope this helps 🙂

  17. Hi
    I have an 11 month old chocolate labrador. We have decided to have her spayed in January (she has had one season) as our previous labrador died at 10 years old when she developed mamory cancer. It was a terrible end for her as we operated but it was too late and spread to her liver. We never had puppies from her and she did suffer a couple of womb infections so because of this we have decided to spay our bitch Millie. In one hand it seems sad to take away her bits and pieces but on the other we are not going to breed from her so why take the risk of her developing cancer or suffering with her womb. Hope this helps others.

    Carol

  18. Hi
    I have an 11 month old chocolate labrador. We have decided to have her spayed in January (she has had one season) as our previous labrador died at 10 years old when she developed mamory cancer. It was a terrible end for her as we operated but it was too late and spread to her liver. We never had puppies from her and she did suffer a couple of womb infections so because of this we have decided to spay our bitch Millie. In one hand it seems sad to take away her bits and pieces but on the other we are not going to breed from her so why take the risk of her developing cancer or suffering with her womb. Hope this helps others.

    Carol

  19. I have a 6 month old Yorkshire Terrier, as we live close to a farm I would like to have her spayed but have been told that if I get her spayed too early it could cause her to have incontinence could anyone tell me if that is more likely than if I wait until she has her first season.

  20. I have a 6 month old Yorkshire Terrier, as we live close to a farm I would like to have her spayed but have been told that if I get her spayed too early it could cause her to have incontinence could anyone tell me if that is more likely than if I wait until she has her first season.

  21. This is a good article as our 11 month old miniature jack russell is going in to be spayed tomorrow, this as put our mind at rest reading other peoples experiences, thank you.

  22. This is a good article as our 11 month old miniature jack russell is going in to be spayed tomorrow, this as put our mind at rest reading other peoples experiences, thank you.

  23. I have a delightful ex racing greyhound bitch who is seven years years old. Is it safe to consider her for spaying? I am told it is best when a bitch is much younger and at this age the risk is far greater. I could not stand the thought of losing her.
    Can anyone offer advise please?

    Regards
    David

  24. I have a delightful ex racing greyhound bitch who is seven years years old. Is it safe to consider her for spaying? I am told it is best when a bitch is much younger and at this age the risk is far greater. I could not stand the thought of losing her.
    Can anyone offer advise please?

    Regards
    David

  25. Very informative article, thank you. We’ve just had our boy neutered and bitch spayed 2 days ago. He is up and around already (Lab/Pointer X), she is slowly getting back to her normal self, but with the Op being bigger and more complicated it’s taking her longer. They’re glad to be home having their scrambled eggs for brekkie again.
    Again, thanks for the info. I wish I’d found this before they’d gone in as the day of the Op I was pacing the floor.

  26. Very informative article, thank you. We’ve just had our boy neutered and bitch spayed 2 days ago. He is up and around already (Lab/Pointer X), she is slowly getting back to her normal self, but with the Op being bigger and more complicated it’s taking her longer. They’re glad to be home having their scrambled eggs for brekkie again.
    Again, thanks for the info. I wish I’d found this before they’d gone in as the day of the Op I was pacing the floor.

  27. Hi, this is a good article but something about the after effects of the op and recovery would be useful – we’ve just had out wee border done and its very distressing – she is hardly moving – the vet says its normal but I am completed shocked at how sore and ill.

    I’m trying to find if this is normal as I have never heard a dog owner mention this before .

  28. Hi, this is a good article but something about the after effects of the op and recovery would be useful – we’ve just had out wee border done and its very distressing – she is hardly moving – the vet says its normal but I am completed shocked at how sore and ill.

    I’m trying to find if this is normal as I have never heard a dog owner mention this before .

  29. Thanks for the article.

    How do you calculate 3-4 months from the end of a season? Is it from the first day of bleeding or the end of the bleeding or something else?

    Also, does the timing of spaying between seasons have anything to do with hormone levels? I’m just trying to ascertain whether it is important to time it right so the hormone levels are at a good level because they then stay like that once they are spayed, or whether it doesn’t matter too much because once they are spayed the hormone levels will fall to the same level regardless of when you time the spay?

    I’m not sure if you are able to answer questions in comments but any information you can give would be helpful.

    1. Hi Becky
      Calculating the best time to spay, I would start by taking a date 3 months after the start of the season as being the earliest date for a routine spay. Because not all bitches have a regular 6 month cycle, this will not always be the ideal time but it is most likely to be. After this it depends on the vet examining your bitch to check that she has not got any signs of coming into season again early, or of false pregnancy, and of course that she is generally in good health. These things will be checked on the day before the operation starts, or at a pre-op appointment a few days before the operation. If there is any doubt that the timing is not right, then the operation should be postponed.
      As far as hormone levels go, they will fall to the same level after spay regardless of the timing, but I think if the timing is ideal there will be a less abrupt change in hormone levels which may make it easier for your bitch to adapt to.
      I do hope this helps.
      Jenny

  30. Thanks for the article.

    How do you calculate 3-4 months from the end of a season? Is it from the first day of bleeding or the end of the bleeding or something else?

    Also, does the timing of spaying between seasons have anything to do with hormone levels? I’m just trying to ascertain whether it is important to time it right so the hormone levels are at a good level because they then stay like that once they are spayed, or whether it doesn’t matter too much because once they are spayed the hormone levels will fall to the same level regardless of when you time the spay?

    I’m not sure if you are able to answer questions in comments but any information you can give would be helpful.

    1. Hi Becky
      Calculating the best time to spay, I would start by taking a date 3 months after the start of the season as being the earliest date for a routine spay. Because not all bitches have a regular 6 month cycle, this will not always be the ideal time but it is most likely to be. After this it depends on the vet examining your bitch to check that she has not got any signs of coming into season again early, or of false pregnancy, and of course that she is generally in good health. These things will be checked on the day before the operation starts, or at a pre-op appointment a few days before the operation. If there is any doubt that the timing is not right, then the operation should be postponed.
      As far as hormone levels go, they will fall to the same level after spay regardless of the timing, but I think if the timing is ideal there will be a less abrupt change in hormone levels which may make it easier for your bitch to adapt to.
      I do hope this helps.
      Jenny

  31. I too am having my border spayed tomorrow. I am incredibly anxious and know I will not sleep tnite. She is my life and I don’t want her to feel pain of any sort.

  32. I too am having my border spayed tomorrow. I am incredibly anxious and know I will not sleep tnite. She is my life and I don’t want her to feel pain of any sort.

  33. Hi after reassurance really! My pup,Rosie,a standard schnauzer is booked to be spayed at easter she will be 26 weeks. She had her checkup at the vets and said she should be ok to have it done. Having looked at some other web pages though some say they are too immature and it can affect their growth at this age. Help!!What would you advise?

  34. Hi after reassurance really! My pup,Rosie,a standard schnauzer is booked to be spayed at easter she will be 26 weeks. She had her checkup at the vets and said she should be ok to have it done. Having looked at some other web pages though some say they are too immature and it can affect their growth at this age. Help!!What would you advise?

  35. Really good information Rosie our 6 month old Cocker Spaniel is having her op tommorow morning her pre op check went well the Vet said she was fit and very healthy and ok for the op to go ahead. We were aprehensive at first but after reading all the different informative sites we feel more at ease. Keeping her quiet and rested will be difficult she has bounds of energy.

  36. Really good information Rosie our 6 month old Cocker Spaniel is having her op tommorow morning her pre op check went well the Vet said she was fit and very healthy and ok for the op to go ahead. We were aprehensive at first but after reading all the different informative sites we feel more at ease. Keeping her quiet and rested will be difficult she has bounds of energy.

  37. thank you so much for the information. I have a rescue dog. We don’t know exactly how old she is, but vet figured 3 years. She is in her first heat and I need to get her spade, but didn’t know when to do it. the information you gave is very helpful and now it is time to call the vet. thanks again

  38. thank you so much for the information. I have a rescue dog. We don’t know exactly how old she is, but vet figured 3 years. She is in her first heat and I need to get her spade, but didn’t know when to do it. the information you gave is very helpful and now it is time to call the vet. thanks again

  39. thank you for the information. we are having our 6.5 month old boxer bitch done tomorrow and we were concerned about the recovery period. she is extremely active and the 5-10 day recovery period will be awful for all of us, especially as we have a 14 month old male who will pine for his companion!! his op was awful and he ended up being on antibiotics and painkillers for 2 weeks. wish us luck!!

  40. thank you for the information. we are having our 6.5 month old boxer bitch done tomorrow and we were concerned about the recovery period. she is extremely active and the 5-10 day recovery period will be awful for all of us, especially as we have a 14 month old male who will pine for his companion!! his op was awful and he ended up being on antibiotics and painkillers for 2 weeks. wish us luck!!

  41. Thank you, this is a really good article, I have my PJR spayed a few days ago and was worried she was too young at 10 months, this has put my mind at rest. The only problem is she has become very hyperactive after the surgery and has reverted to her destructive early puppy days!

  42. Thank you, this is a really good article, I have my PJR spayed a few days ago and was worried she was too young at 10 months, this has put my mind at rest. The only problem is she has become very hyperactive after the surgery and has reverted to her destructive early puppy days!

  43. Thanks for this great outline of the operation/post-op care. I have a 4 year old Japanese Shiba who is at this minute undergoing surgery. This article helped a lot as my vet didn’t really explain too much about the procedure. It’s a bit nerve wracking waiting. My main concern was not so much about the operation and more about how it could affect her emotionally afterwards (or am I just anthropomorphizing?) Thanks again!

  44. Thanks for this great outline of the operation/post-op care. I have a 4 year old Japanese Shiba who is at this minute undergoing surgery. This article helped a lot as my vet didn’t really explain too much about the procedure. It’s a bit nerve wracking waiting. My main concern was not so much about the operation and more about how it could affect her emotionally afterwards (or am I just anthropomorphizing?) Thanks again!

  45. Thanks for this detailed step by step operation explanation.
    My 11 month old Yorkie-Poo is being operated on as I write this – Quite worried for her. Keeping her quiet afterwards will be very hard but I think this is essential for her future health.

  46. Thanks for this detailed step by step operation explanation.
    My 11 month old Yorkie-Poo is being operated on as I write this – Quite worried for her. Keeping her quiet afterwards will be very hard but I think this is essential for her future health.

  47. Thanks so much for this article, after a nightmare few weeks with my bitch in season and three male dogs, been wondering what to do. I live in Spain and do not want puppies at all, three of my dogs are rescued, but very nervous about this op, still unsure but great info, thanks again x

  48. Thanks so much for this article, after a nightmare few weeks with my bitch in season and three male dogs, been wondering what to do. I live in Spain and do not want puppies at all, three of my dogs are rescued, but very nervous about this op, still unsure but great info, thanks again x

  49. Our 9 year old bitch Staffie is getting spayed tomorrow and we were really worried. Her season 3 months ago was horrific so we knew it was time for her to get spayed. This has put out mind at rest a little and was very informative, nice to know exactly what happens and the procedures used.

  50. Our 9 year old bitch Staffie is getting spayed tomorrow and we were really worried. Her season 3 months ago was horrific so we knew it was time for her to get spayed. This has put out mind at rest a little and was very informative, nice to know exactly what happens and the procedures used.

  51. Not sure what to do we have a 15 month old border collie bitch , she as had one season at 8 months i want to have her spayed but my husband is against it , as she as a pedigree as long as your arm & its a shame not to breed from her. I think there are to many border collies in rescue & i dont want that to happen to her pups, help what do i do ???

  52. Not sure what to do we have a 15 month old border collie bitch , she as had one season at 8 months i want to have her spayed but my husband is against it , as she as a pedigree as long as your arm & its a shame not to breed from her. I think there are to many border collies in rescue & i dont want that to happen to her pups, help what do i do ???

  53. Got my 7mo lab princess back from the vets yesterday and what a whingebag, she has paced the floor all night crying and this morning then suddenly perked up, glad I got it done, just a few extra bits to mention. She has a wet cough because of the tube, which I was told to expect. Before taking her to vets for op she was sick, probably because she had been fed early the night before then nothing. I leave the cone off when i’m around then put it on to sleep. She will have the cone on in her crate too as I need to work in a few days for couple hours per day, I have also given her a stagbar chew to keep her mind occupied.

  54. Got my 7mo lab princess back from the vets yesterday and what a whingebag, she has paced the floor all night crying and this morning then suddenly perked up, glad I got it done, just a few extra bits to mention. She has a wet cough because of the tube, which I was told to expect. Before taking her to vets for op she was sick, probably because she had been fed early the night before then nothing. I leave the cone off when i’m around then put it on to sleep. She will have the cone on in her crate too as I need to work in a few days for couple hours per day, I have also given her a stagbar chew to keep her mind occupied.

  55. Great article, agree with other comments. I have just brought my beautiful wheaten terrier home, and she seems very unsure of herself! The vet said take her collar off so long as we keep a close eye on her! Well the first thing I did was take it off and she went straight for the stitches!!! I guess the reality is the collar has to stay on until she’s completely through.

    Does anyone have any advice for coping with the collar? Are there any decent alternatives to the standard cone? Thanks

  56. Great article, agree with other comments. I have just brought my beautiful wheaten terrier home, and she seems very unsure of herself! The vet said take her collar off so long as we keep a close eye on her! Well the first thing I did was take it off and she went straight for the stitches!!! I guess the reality is the collar has to stay on until she’s completely through.

    Does anyone have any advice for coping with the collar? Are there any decent alternatives to the standard cone? Thanks

  57. I’ve got to have my baby spayed she’s a 3yr old staffy and as only been in heat only once so av been advised to get her done by the vets! I really wanted to let her have one litter she be a great mum but unfortunately the risk while carrying could b greater so my decision was made. But to get my dog to rest for 10 days yeah rite she will need sedating! Lol! I also know she will hate a cone round her head. Not looking forward to the day being ere for her to go in at all.

  58. I’ve got to have my baby spayed she’s a 3yr old staffy and as only been in heat only once so av been advised to get her done by the vets! I really wanted to let her have one litter she be a great mum but unfortunately the risk while carrying could b greater so my decision was made. But to get my dog to rest for 10 days yeah rite she will need sedating! Lol! I also know she will hate a cone round her head. Not looking forward to the day being ere for her to go in at all.

  59. Probably too late but in response to Paul, I had the option of purchasing an inflateable collar or a ‘pyjama’ suit but knowing my Poppy I didn’t go for the latter, it would have been in bits. The cone did its purpose, she crated well with it, stick to the old fashioned I say. Poppy is fully recovered now I did walk her after 6 days before her stitches came out at 10 days she was fine.

  60. Probably too late but in response to Paul, I had the option of purchasing an inflateable collar or a ‘pyjama’ suit but knowing my Poppy I didn’t go for the latter, it would have been in bits. The cone did its purpose, she crated well with it, stick to the old fashioned I say. Poppy is fully recovered now I did walk her after 6 days before her stitches came out at 10 days she was fine.

  61. Been reading through the article and the comments, we are having our collie x spayed on monday, so was good to refresh on what we can expect…many years ago we had our old collie x spayed and she made a very quick recovery, hope our new little girl does the same. Always worrying though.

  62. Been reading through the article and the comments, we are having our collie x spayed on monday, so was good to refresh on what we can expect…many years ago we had our old collie x spayed and she made a very quick recovery, hope our new little girl does the same. Always worrying though.

  63. Thanks for this info. This was the first site I found with the all straightforward info I needed about spaying my dog. All other site were wanting.

  64. Thanks for this info. This was the first site I found with the all straightforward info I needed about spaying my dog. All other site were wanting.

  65. To the lady who is unsure of having her Border Collie Spayed ,.. i am waiting as i write this for my B-Collie to come home from having her Op,.. i too was unsure, but at nearly 3 yrs old and having had 2 seasons i decided to have her Spayed, Years ago i had a Beautiful miniature Yorkshire terrier who too had a fab Pedigree,didn’t breed from her and had her Spayed late in life,.. what a marvelous little thing she was too,. she lived to 16 yrs of age but she did have to have her Mammary Gland removed ,….not nice, i don’t want to put my Collie through all of that, i feel i have made the right decision and being a good responsible owner you will know what is best for your Border Collie….. hope this is of some help,

  66. To the lady who is unsure of having her Border Collie Spayed ,.. i am waiting as i write this for my B-Collie to come home from having her Op,.. i too was unsure, but at nearly 3 yrs old and having had 2 seasons i decided to have her Spayed, Years ago i had a Beautiful miniature Yorkshire terrier who too had a fab Pedigree,didn’t breed from her and had her Spayed late in life,.. what a marvelous little thing she was too,. she lived to 16 yrs of age but she did have to have her Mammary Gland removed ,….not nice, i don’t want to put my Collie through all of that, i feel i have made the right decision and being a good responsible owner you will know what is best for your Border Collie….. hope this is of some help,

  67. Thank u so much for the artical, i read it, it was so easy to understand. I have just taken my labrada bitch (i call her smookie) for the operation (spay) and it was a success and now am left with the big task. “Keeping it at rest for 10days”

  68. Thank u so much for the artical, i read it, it was so easy to understand. I have just taken my labrada bitch (i call her smookie) for the operation (spay) and it was a success and now am left with the big task. “Keeping it at rest for 10days”

  69. Thank u so much for this article. i am having my beautiful doggy daughter spayed in afew hrz and this has helped me ALOT. All the best to u all x

  70. Thank u so much for this article. i am having my beautiful doggy daughter spayed in afew hrz and this has helped me ALOT. All the best to u all x

  71. I have a female pug who is now 1 year and 5 months old and is due for her second cycle this month. Is she too old to be spayed. We definitely don’t want her to have pups

  72. I have a female pug who is now 1 year and 5 months old and is due for her second cycle this month. Is she too old to be spayed. We definitely don’t want her to have pups

  73. Why do they need to be kept quiet for 10 days after the surgery? I have a border collie cross puppy who was spayed two days ago – no discomfort and she’s ignoring the stitches. But she wants to run and play like normal and I can’t see any reason not to allow this.

    Is there something I here I’m missing?

  74. Why do they need to be kept quiet for 10 days after the surgery? I have a border collie cross puppy who was spayed two days ago – no discomfort and she’s ignoring the stitches. But she wants to run and play like normal and I can’t see any reason not to allow this.

    Is there something I here I’m missing?

  75. Hello!

    The above article is great, thank you!

    My seven year old American Bulldog Lily suffers from phantom pregnancy, I am now in a position to have her spayed but would like to know as much as possible about the procedure, including the before, during and after affects of this operation.

    Lily is my truly my world. Even though I am happy with my current vet practice, I cant help but wonder who is the person underneath the cloth performing this operation on my Lily? Is it OTT to ask my vet practice to supply me with the performing vet’s credentials before putting my dog through this operation? A dog’s life or good health can not be claimed back on insurance.

    I don’t want to be known as the owner from hell however, I would never forgive myself or the vet should anything happen during or after the operation.

    Others people advice would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

  76. Hello!

    The above article is great, thank you!

    My seven year old American Bulldog Lily suffers from phantom pregnancy, I am now in a position to have her spayed but would like to know as much as possible about the procedure, including the before, during and after affects of this operation.

    Lily is my truly my world. Even though I am happy with my current vet practice, I cant help but wonder who is the person underneath the cloth performing this operation on my Lily? Is it OTT to ask my vet practice to supply me with the performing vet’s credentials before putting my dog through this operation? A dog’s life or good health can not be claimed back on insurance.

    I don’t want to be known as the owner from hell however, I would never forgive myself or the vet should anything happen during or after the operation.

    Others people advice would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

  77. My dog began her first season in mid November, and our vet booked an appointment for mid January, is this too soon afterwards to have her spayed? Also, I’ve heard that having dogs spayed will calm them down, and now I’m worried she won’t be herself again afterwords? Am I just worrying about nothing?

  78. My dog began her first season in mid November, and our vet booked an appointment for mid January, is this too soon afterwards to have her spayed? Also, I’ve heard that having dogs spayed will calm them down, and now I’m worried she won’t be herself again afterwords? Am I just worrying about nothing?

  79. Hello world!
    I am a 13 month old Gordon Setter and my friends took me in to be spayed (whatever that is). They kept saying it was, “for the best”. Off games for a few days and was definitely a wee bit sore when I got back. Right off food for 24 hours and slept like a log. “All perfectly normal” said the vet. Can’t quite get the bit about not going up stairs and being kept on a lead and I’m told its for 10-14 days. Not fun, but then again, nor is breast cancer and the chances of that (I am told) is around 75% in bitches that haven’t been spayed. Article good but should emphasise more the benefit of being spayed before the 2nd season and, possibly, even before the first. Looking forward to being back on games soon.

  80. Hello world!
    I am a 13 month old Gordon Setter and my friends took me in to be spayed (whatever that is). They kept saying it was, “for the best”. Off games for a few days and was definitely a wee bit sore when I got back. Right off food for 24 hours and slept like a log. “All perfectly normal” said the vet. Can’t quite get the bit about not going up stairs and being kept on a lead and I’m told its for 10-14 days. Not fun, but then again, nor is breast cancer and the chances of that (I am told) is around 75% in bitches that haven’t been spayed. Article good but should emphasise more the benefit of being spayed before the 2nd season and, possibly, even before the first. Looking forward to being back on games soon.

  81. Hi Sapna
    No, your pug is definitely not too old to be spayed at 1.5 years, although your vet may want to wait until 2 or 3 months after her second season if it is due soon. I would advise discussing all the pros and cons of the operation with your vet, but I personally think that the pros will greatly outweigh the cons.
    All the best, Jenny

  82. Hi Sapna
    No, your pug is definitely not too old to be spayed at 1.5 years, although your vet may want to wait until 2 or 3 months after her second season if it is due soon. I would advise discussing all the pros and cons of the operation with your vet, but I personally think that the pros will greatly outweigh the cons.
    All the best, Jenny

  83. Hi L Parks
    I’m sure that your vet will give your bitch a full examination in mid-January, to make sure that the timing is right. This might be on the day the operation is planned, or at a consultation before the operation date is booked. In particular, your vet will want to check your bitch is in good general health, is the correct weight and is not having a season, a false pregnancy or an actual pregnancy. They may also advise a blood test to check that your bitch is able to cope well with the anaesthetic. If anything is not right, your vet will postpone the operation until the timing is ideal.
    If anything in particular worries you about the operation, it’s always a good idea to write it down so that you don’t forget to ask the important questions that you want to ask your vet or your vet nurse.
    All the best, Jenny

  84. Hi L Parks
    I’m sure that your vet will give your bitch a full examination in mid-January, to make sure that the timing is right. This might be on the day the operation is planned, or at a consultation before the operation date is booked. In particular, your vet will want to check your bitch is in good general health, is the correct weight and is not having a season, a false pregnancy or an actual pregnancy. They may also advise a blood test to check that your bitch is able to cope well with the anaesthetic. If anything is not right, your vet will postpone the operation until the timing is ideal.
    If anything in particular worries you about the operation, it’s always a good idea to write it down so that you don’t forget to ask the important questions that you want to ask your vet or your vet nurse.
    All the best, Jenny

  85. Thankyou it has been very interesting to read other peoples comments.Tomorrow28th jan 2013 i am taking my breson to be done before her first season i have been told this will be fine as the problem later on in life can be treated, if i had not got her dad who is ten i would have waited but i do not wish for problems to happen to her if i can avoid it i have tummy ache now myself thinking about tomorrow so all i can say thankyou for your help it has been helpful thankyou again doreen w

  86. Thankyou it has been very interesting to read other peoples comments.Tomorrow28th jan 2013 i am taking my breson to be done before her first season i have been told this will be fine as the problem later on in life can be treated, if i had not got her dad who is ten i would have waited but i do not wish for problems to happen to her if i can avoid it i have tummy ache now myself thinking about tomorrow so all i can say thankyou for your help it has been helpful thankyou again doreen w

  87. Hi!
    My yorki is 3 years and 7 days old, and already have had 4 seasons.
    I read a lot about it, but I can not make a decision weather to spay it or not. At the same time I am afraid of possibilities of breast cancer in a future.
    I would like to ask you what do you suggest, because she is now 3 years old. Could I expect some benefit of spaying it?
    We are expecting next season in a few days (the last was at beginning of August). It has 6,5 -9 months pause between seasons.
    Thank you!

  88. Hi!
    My yorki is 3 years and 7 days old, and already have had 4 seasons.
    I read a lot about it, but I can not make a decision weather to spay it or not. At the same time I am afraid of possibilities of breast cancer in a future.
    I would like to ask you what do you suggest, because she is now 3 years old. Could I expect some benefit of spaying it?
    We are expecting next season in a few days (the last was at beginning of August). It has 6,5 -9 months pause between seasons.
    Thank you!

  89. Hi we are going to book our 2 pugs in to be neutered 1 male nearly 3 and 1 female nearly1 am worried about anesthetic but think overall it will be for the better to get them both neutered and after having a male and female in the same house during our little girls 1st season i do not want a repeat thanks for the article very informative

  90. Hi we are going to book our 2 pugs in to be neutered 1 male nearly 3 and 1 female nearly1 am worried about anesthetic but think overall it will be for the better to get them both neutered and after having a male and female in the same house during our little girls 1st season i do not want a repeat thanks for the article very informative

  91. i run a very low key dog rescue home in Granada in Spain, taking in strays and abandonados who would otherwise die from hunger or neglect or road accidents. We do have a major roblem here in spain where many of the hunting breeds, Spanish Greyhounds, Podencos, Ibizan Hounds and Pointers are either, in the case of females used as breeding machines or as males as hunting dogs. Generally both males and females owned by hunters or breeders are abandoned when they are no longer fast enough or productive enough. Once abandoned they are left to their own devices. As a result of this and the Spanish Macho attitude regarding neutering males there are quite literally thousands of dogs roaming the streets, producing ever more dogs. What I cannot understand however is why Spanish vets are so reluctant to spay females before their first season. In the UK and US it is quite common for females to be spayed at six months. My own vet like most if not all of the vets hereabouts is adamant that he will not spay before a first season is complete. Can anyone through any light on this situation?

  92. i run a very low key dog rescue home in Granada in Spain, taking in strays and abandonados who would otherwise die from hunger or neglect or road accidents. We do have a major roblem here in spain where many of the hunting breeds, Spanish Greyhounds, Podencos, Ibizan Hounds and Pointers are either, in the case of females used as breeding machines or as males as hunting dogs. Generally both males and females owned by hunters or breeders are abandoned when they are no longer fast enough or productive enough. Once abandoned they are left to their own devices. As a result of this and the Spanish Macho attitude regarding neutering males there are quite literally thousands of dogs roaming the streets, producing ever more dogs. What I cannot understand however is why Spanish vets are so reluctant to spay females before their first season. In the UK and US it is quite common for females to be spayed at six months. My own vet like most if not all of the vets hereabouts is adamant that he will not spay before a first season is complete. Can anyone through any light on this situation?

  93. Hello,

    Thank you very much for this detailed article. My 2 years old girly had this doen yesterday and I have been sorry worried about what to expect and how she will be feeling, this has put my mind to rest – slightly.

    Thanks again.

  94. Hello,

    Thank you very much for this detailed article. My 2 years old girly had this doen yesterday and I have been sorry worried about what to expect and how she will be feeling, this has put my mind to rest – slightly.

    Thanks again.

  95. I am not sure if my little girl needs this should I have any concerns . don’t won’t any thing to happen to my amber

  96. I am not sure if my little girl needs this should I have any concerns . don’t won’t any thing to happen to my amber

  97. I have a 5 year old old english mastiff who has just had to have an emergency hysterectomy due to a womb infection we collected her yesturday around tea time and will not eat or drink I’m a little concerned do you have any advice please

  98. I have a 5 year old old english mastiff who has just had to have an emergency hysterectomy due to a womb infection we collected her yesturday around tea time and will not eat or drink I’m a little concerned do you have any advice please

  99. Hi Jade, Please take her back to your vets urgently so they can check her, she may need pain relief and/ or fluids and antibiotics in the vein for a bit longer. Emergency hysterectomies are always bigger, longer and more serious operations and bitches take longer to recover. I hope she feels better soon.

  100. Hi Jade, Please take her back to your vets urgently so they can check her, she may need pain relief and/ or fluids and antibiotics in the vein for a bit longer. Emergency hysterectomies are always bigger, longer and more serious operations and bitches take longer to recover. I hope she feels better soon.

  101. I had my 6m old Cocker bitch spayed on Monday. She is doing very well and the wound is healing great. She is feeling good in herself. It is difficult to put a puppy through such an operation but I know it is better for her in the long-run. With having two other dogs (boys) it was my only option anyway. It’s difficult taking the boys out for walks without her, but they need to have a good run. She’s going for her check up on Tuesday. At least she will be well over it for the Summer!

  102. I had my 6m old Cocker bitch spayed on Monday. She is doing very well and the wound is healing great. She is feeling good in herself. It is difficult to put a puppy through such an operation but I know it is better for her in the long-run. With having two other dogs (boys) it was my only option anyway. It’s difficult taking the boys out for walks without her, but they need to have a good run. She’s going for her check up on Tuesday. At least she will be well over it for the Summer!

  103. my dog as just been spayed she is 11 and all she wants to do day after op is eat grass she is throwing up after eating grass. will not take a drink or food. need to get the prescribed anti-biotic into her.
    can you advice if I give her a trimacare tablet will this settle her gurgling stomach.

  104. my dog as just been spayed she is 11 and all she wants to do day after op is eat grass she is throwing up after eating grass. will not take a drink or food. need to get the prescribed anti-biotic into her.
    can you advice if I give her a trimacare tablet will this settle her gurgling stomach.

  105. @sally crowther You need to take her to the vets asap, it is not normal for dogs to be so poorly the day after the op. Please don’t give her any medications (unless she is on them usually) until you have seen your vet.

  106. @sally crowther You need to take her to the vets asap, it is not normal for dogs to be so poorly the day after the op. Please don’t give her any medications (unless she is on them usually) until you have seen your vet.

  107. Thank you so much for this article it has helped me understand what my 11 yr old bitch will be goinng through tomorrow and what i will expect she has a pymetra therefore we have no option but this hashelped me to settle my mind

  108. Thank you so much for this article it has helped me understand what my 11 yr old bitch will be goinng through tomorrow and what i will expect she has a pymetra therefore we have no option but this hashelped me to settle my mind

  109. My bitch is a 2 and a half miniature dachshund called Tia, and is currently being spayed as I type. The article is very informative and has reasurred me that I have made the right decision.

  110. My bitch is a 2 and a half miniature dachshund called Tia, and is currently being spayed as I type. The article is very informative and has reasurred me that I have made the right decision.

  111. I recently got a 3 year old rescue collie and I had booked her in to be spayed next week but she has just started bleeding. I presume it is not advisable to have her done at the moment, but how long do I now have to wait?

  112. I recently got a 3 year old rescue collie and I had booked her in to be spayed next week but she has just started bleeding. I presume it is not advisable to have her done at the moment, but how long do I now have to wait?

  113. We have a 6 yr old (this May) Cocker bitch with a heart murmer. Is it too much of a risk do you think – to have her spayed? She is not coping very well with her seasons! Any advice would be great..
    Many thanks,
    Judd

  114. We have a 6 yr old (this May) Cocker bitch with a heart murmer. Is it too much of a risk do you think – to have her spayed? She is not coping very well with her seasons! Any advice would be great..
    Many thanks,
    Judd

  115. Hi my pet’s 9yrs in Jul of this year.. i’m wondering if its a good idea to get her spayed … she has never been crossed … a Spitz healthy but very hyper… my only concerned is what if she gets Cancer at a later stage … Also the surgery part is something i’m very nervous about .. till date she has been in the best of health never had an accident on a bruise just nothing … Any advise would be gr8..

    Many thnx

    Mandy.

    1. Mandy, making the decision to have her spayed is only one you can make – however we would strongly suggest having a long chat with your own vet, as they will know her medical record.

  116. Hi my pet’s 9yrs in Jul of this year.. i’m wondering if its a good idea to get her spayed … she has never been crossed … a Spitz healthy but very hyper… my only concerned is what if she gets Cancer at a later stage … Also the surgery part is something i’m very nervous about .. till date she has been in the best of health never had an accident on a bruise just nothing … Any advise would be gr8..

    Many thnx

    Mandy.

    1. Mandy, making the decision to have her spayed is only one you can make – however we would strongly suggest having a long chat with your own vet, as they will know her medical record.

  117. i have a 14 month old English bulldog 20kg her spaying apt is in 2months is that too heavy or is she good? shes all i have bulldogs are known to not be ale to give natural births does this translate into more difficulty? id rather live with mopping up blood blotches on my floor for a week than lose my lilly

    1. The spay should not be more difficult because of her breed, but weight does play a part when any surgery is performed. Our advice is to speak to your vet as they are the people who will be operating. Tell them your concerns and ask them the questions you have thought of, if you speak to them today, you have 2 months leeway if they thing she should lose a little weight.

  118. i have a 14 month old English bulldog 20kg her spaying apt is in 2months is that too heavy or is she good? shes all i have bulldogs are known to not be ale to give natural births does this translate into more difficulty? id rather live with mopping up blood blotches on my floor for a week than lose my lilly

    1. The spay should not be more difficult because of her breed, but weight does play a part when any surgery is performed. Our advice is to speak to your vet as they are the people who will be operating. Tell them your concerns and ask them the questions you have thought of, if you speak to them today, you have 2 months leeway if they thing she should lose a little weight.

  119. I am having my 6 year old Yorkie spayed in two days. I have never matted her, is it too late to spay her to prevent other known illnesses down the road?

  120. I am having my 6 year old Yorkie spayed in two days. I have never matted her, is it too late to spay her to prevent other known illnesses down the road?

  121. Hi my 1year old staff x Lou Lou is going to get spade on this Thursday so worried. As she gets really stressed when she is not with me x

  122. Hi my 1year old staff x Lou Lou is going to get spade on this Thursday so worried. As she gets really stressed when she is not with me x

  123. Hi, I have a collie cross who is due to be spayed in June, the last appointment had to be cancelled as she comes into season every 4 months!!. I want her to be spayed using keyhole surgery as she has cataracts in both her eyes, and can only, we think, see shadows, I’ve been told that with keyhole she won’t have to wear the collar, and that’s what i want as she will totally freak out with one on, and will be less stressful for her in the long run,

  124. Hi, I have a collie cross who is due to be spayed in June, the last appointment had to be cancelled as she comes into season every 4 months!!. I want her to be spayed using keyhole surgery as she has cataracts in both her eyes, and can only, we think, see shadows, I’ve been told that with keyhole she won’t have to wear the collar, and that’s what i want as she will totally freak out with one on, and will be less stressful for her in the long run,

  125. This article has been so helpful to me. I have been very stressed out about desexing (that’s what we call it here in Australia) my dog and was searching online for a step-by-step guide and what I needed to do. Thank you so much. I feel so much better about my decision.

  126. This article has been so helpful to me. I have been very stressed out about desexing (that’s what we call it here in Australia) my dog and was searching online for a step-by-step guide and what I needed to do. Thank you so much. I feel so much better about my decision.

  127. Aw so worried my GSD is due to be spayed tomorrow. Shes very lively and im worried that she may pull her stitches. She has recently turned 3 and weighs 35.15 kg. Shes also quite protective of the family ie checking on us without fail whilst we are sleeping.Shes also a very sensitive dog. Just need to know if theres anything else we could use to keep her calm whilst healing.

  128. Aw so worried my GSD is due to be spayed tomorrow. Shes very lively and im worried that she may pull her stitches. She has recently turned 3 and weighs 35.15 kg. Shes also quite protective of the family ie checking on us without fail whilst we are sleeping.Shes also a very sensitive dog. Just need to know if theres anything else we could use to keep her calm whilst healing.

  129. Thank you for writing this article. I have just left my cocker in to be spayed and even though I asked questions I didn’t really know what was about to happen. I am glad now that I have ticked the ‘yes’ box for the pre-anaesthesia blood test too – I thought it may have been a bit over the top but now I am sure it was the right thing to do. A great down to earth article which has put my mind at rest and informed me of what I will need to do to look after her when she comes home. Many many thanks.

  130. Thank you for writing this article. I have just left my cocker in to be spayed and even though I asked questions I didn’t really know what was about to happen. I am glad now that I have ticked the ‘yes’ box for the pre-anaesthesia blood test too – I thought it may have been a bit over the top but now I am sure it was the right thing to do. A great down to earth article which has put my mind at rest and informed me of what I will need to do to look after her when she comes home. Many many thanks.

  131. I have been advices by my vet to have my pup spayed before she comes into season, everyone I speak to says different, I know I must take the advice of the professional but I’m a little concerned that this is for the best for her.

  132. I have been advices by my vet to have my pup spayed before she comes into season, everyone I speak to says different, I know I must take the advice of the professional but I’m a little concerned that this is for the best for her.

  133. Brilliant article, thank you. We’ve had our puppy mini schnauser, phoebe, spayed today and we were dreading it as our experience when our 2 yr old westie, willow,was spayed when she was1, was a traumatic experience. You helped so much to restore confidence with all the info you put on your article. For anyone who is undecided whether to go ahead or not, use this knowledge to quiz your vet as we did this time and it will be a lot easier decision

  134. Brilliant article, thank you. We’ve had our puppy mini schnauser, phoebe, spayed today and we were dreading it as our experience when our 2 yr old westie, willow,was spayed when she was1, was a traumatic experience. You helped so much to restore confidence with all the info you put on your article. For anyone who is undecided whether to go ahead or not, use this knowledge to quiz your vet as we did this time and it will be a lot easier decision

  135. I had my Cavachon splayed yesterday. When we went to collect her we were told her Uterus had been leaking, not known how long for though, a condition called Pyometra. Today she is still groggy won’t eat and will only lick water from my fingers. I am worried ,how will we give her her antibiotics. I understand this condition could of been fatal as she showed no symptoms. When will she feel better soon. I miss her normal self as she is so lovely, I’m just hoping her being so groggy is normal for the following day!?

  136. I had my Cavachon splayed yesterday. When we went to collect her we were told her Uterus had been leaking, not known how long for though, a condition called Pyometra. Today she is still groggy won’t eat and will only lick water from my fingers. I am worried ,how will we give her her antibiotics. I understand this condition could of been fatal as she showed no symptoms. When will she feel better soon. I miss her normal self as she is so lovely, I’m just hoping her being so groggy is normal for the following day!?

    1. Hi Beverley, having her spayed might calm her a little bit, however remember she is very young still so will be into lots of things and find the whole world exciting! Her breed too is one that always seems ‘on the go!’

    1. Hi Beverley, having her spayed might calm her a little bit, however remember she is very young still so will be into lots of things and find the whole world exciting! Her breed too is one that always seems ‘on the go!’

  137. Hi, my Scottish Terrier 8 months old was done on the 25th of July 2014 and the day after she wanted to play fetch again.. should I just take away her toys and limit her exercise ?, Also im now a bit concerned as it seems like there is a small bump next to the scar and stitches, should I take her back to the Vet?

    1. Hi, yes you definitely need to limit her exercise – a spay is a big operation for any dog. Many vets suggest 10 days lead exercise only – including in the garden… If there is a small lump by the scar, I’d also strongly advise you to take her back for a check – it could be a small hernia forming. Please let us know how you get on. Dave RVN

  138. Hi, my Scottish Terrier 8 months old was done on the 25th of July 2014 and the day after she wanted to play fetch again.. should I just take away her toys and limit her exercise ?, Also im now a bit concerned as it seems like there is a small bump next to the scar and stitches, should I take her back to the Vet?

    1. Hi, yes you definitely need to limit her exercise – a spay is a big operation for any dog. Many vets suggest 10 days lead exercise only – including in the garden… If there is a small lump by the scar, I’d also strongly advise you to take her back for a check – it could be a small hernia forming. Please let us know how you get on. Dave RVN

  139. I just had my 4 year old border collie spayed. I was really worried bit she is fine. She has her stitches out in 2 days. I bought an amazing wound cover from cozyfit on ebay. It is cotton and made just for the job. She has kept it on, has not attempted to lick and cannot scratch the wound. I would advise everyone to buy one. All the best with your ops everyone.

  140. I just had my 4 year old border collie spayed. I was really worried bit she is fine. She has her stitches out in 2 days. I bought an amazing wound cover from cozyfit on ebay. It is cotton and made just for the job. She has kept it on, has not attempted to lick and cannot scratch the wound. I would advise everyone to buy one. All the best with your ops everyone.

  141. My 1 year bitch Poppy will be spayed next week. Can you confirm if the post op bleeding is through the wound and/or as when in season?
    Thank you

    1. Hello, post op bleeding in spays would normally come from the wound – however following the advice of the vets very carefully will minimise any bleeding after the op!

  142. My 1 year bitch Poppy will be spayed next week. Can you confirm if the post op bleeding is through the wound and/or as when in season?
    Thank you

    1. Hello, post op bleeding in spays would normally come from the wound – however following the advice of the vets very carefully will minimise any bleeding after the op!

  143. My family’s Golden Retriever got spayed last Tuesday. We were hope to let her breeder breed her but after her last heat she developed false pregnancy and then soon after milk poisoning. So after giving her antibiotics to stop her milk production on our vet’s advice, my family made the decision to spay her. Use a large or extra large t-shirt if your dog is scared or freaked out of the bucket/cone collar. It really works to stop them licking.
    Her stitches came out yesterday, our vet used modern stitches like the ones used in hospitals, after 10 days. She to avoid jumping and rolling for a few more days, though.
    An answer each to what Janet and Angie asked.
    Apparently Angie, it is normal for a dog having just been spayed to be a bit groggy after the op and a couple of days after.
    Janet, spaying is usually recommended before a puppy’s first heat/season (if mature enough) or after a dog’s first season. Definitely not during a dog’s heat though, it’s deemed too risky.

  144. My family’s Golden Retriever got spayed last Tuesday. We were hope to let her breeder breed her but after her last heat she developed false pregnancy and then soon after milk poisoning. So after giving her antibiotics to stop her milk production on our vet’s advice, my family made the decision to spay her. Use a large or extra large t-shirt if your dog is scared or freaked out of the bucket/cone collar. It really works to stop them licking.
    Her stitches came out yesterday, our vet used modern stitches like the ones used in hospitals, after 10 days. She to avoid jumping and rolling for a few more days, though.
    An answer each to what Janet and Angie asked.
    Apparently Angie, it is normal for a dog having just been spayed to be a bit groggy after the op and a couple of days after.
    Janet, spaying is usually recommended before a puppy’s first heat/season (if mature enough) or after a dog’s first season. Definitely not during a dog’s heat though, it’s deemed too risky.

  145. our dog is due to have a pre op medical how long after this will they do full op she is going through a phantom pregnancy at moment how will this effect the vets decision to spay.

  146. our dog is due to have a pre op medical how long after this will they do full op she is going through a phantom pregnancy at moment how will this effect the vets decision to spay.

  147. Hi
    We were looking for a rescue dog for a little while now and we have found her…a 5 year old rottie. She is in season just now ..week 2 of her season. Spca wont release her unless she is spayed. Im wondering how long after her season is it ok to spay her.
    Thank you

    Louise xxx

  148. Hi
    We were looking for a rescue dog for a little while now and we have found her…a 5 year old rottie. She is in season just now ..week 2 of her season. Spca wont release her unless she is spayed. Im wondering how long after her season is it ok to spay her.
    Thank you

    Louise xxx

  149. hi, i would like to have my 6 ,month old golden doodle spayed before she comes into season but i have heard this can cause incontinence, which is best before or afler a season ?

  150. hi, i would like to have my 6 ,month old golden doodle spayed before she comes into season but i have heard this can cause incontinence, which is best before or afler a season ?

  151. Hi I’m so glad I came on this site have received great advice but still unsure what to do my collie cross misha is 8 months old and vets have advised for her to be spayed b4 season which could happen any time but a lot of other people and one vet t have said it’s better to let her have one season first…… so confused!!!

    1. Hi Teresa, there are points to consider on both sides so it doesn’t make it any easier! We’d advise having a good chat to your own vet with your questions and concerns and make a decision from there. Dave RVN

  152. Hi I’m so glad I came on this site have received great advice but still unsure what to do my collie cross misha is 8 months old and vets have advised for her to be spayed b4 season which could happen any time but a lot of other people and one vet t have said it’s better to let her have one season first…… so confused!!!

    1. Hi Teresa, there are points to consider on both sides so it doesn’t make it any easier! We’d advise having a good chat to your own vet with your questions and concerns and make a decision from there. Dave RVN

  153. I have my 5 year cocker spaniel spay on Monday and since then she whimpers for most of the day and howls and barks all night (which is not normal for her) also she has started wetting herself this can happen straight after she has been out for a wee.. Is this normal behaviour after this procedure..

    1. Hello Aggy, sometimes the operation site can be very sore (as you’d expect) and cause discomfort, but we’d suggest you phone your vet and speak to them about your concerns.

  154. I have my 5 year cocker spaniel spay on Monday and since then she whimpers for most of the day and howls and barks all night (which is not normal for her) also she has started wetting herself this can happen straight after she has been out for a wee.. Is this normal behaviour after this procedure..

    1. Hello Aggy, sometimes the operation site can be very sore (as you’d expect) and cause discomfort, but we’d suggest you phone your vet and speak to them about your concerns.

  155. Hi I had my 2 year old Cockermouth spayed on Tuesday and I’ve now notice a large swelling where she’s been cut. The vet said its because she’s burs her stitches internally so tomorrow I’ve got to take her back so they can redo them under anesthetic at an extra cost is that normal..?

  156. Hi I had my 2 year old Cockermouth spayed on Tuesday and I’ve now notice a large swelling where she’s been cut. The vet said its because she’s burs her stitches internally so tomorrow I’ve got to take her back so they can redo them under anesthetic at an extra cost is that normal..?

  157. My 10 month old sprocker has just finished her 1st season and I have made the decision to have her spayed and guess I need to wait at least 8 weeks? How long will she be between seasons and how much time do we have to be sure we are safe to have the operation. At the moment her breasts are still enlarged as is her Virgina – is this normal?

    1. Hi Debbie, time between seasons is never set in stone, especially if it was only her first. Your own vets will be best to advise you on the timescale they’d prefer before spaying her, as not all vets are the same. Because of the enlargement of her teats and vaginal area, we’d advise mentioning this as well when you call, for peace of mind. Its possible they might want you to pop her in for a quick check over. Dave RVN

  158. My 10 month old sprocker has just finished her 1st season and I have made the decision to have her spayed and guess I need to wait at least 8 weeks? How long will she be between seasons and how much time do we have to be sure we are safe to have the operation. At the moment her breasts are still enlarged as is her Virgina – is this normal?

    1. Hi Debbie, time between seasons is never set in stone, especially if it was only her first. Your own vets will be best to advise you on the timescale they’d prefer before spaying her, as not all vets are the same. Because of the enlargement of her teats and vaginal area, we’d advise mentioning this as well when you call, for peace of mind. Its possible they might want you to pop her in for a quick check over. Dave RVN

  159. Hi I have a jack Russell and she hase come into season all though its not her first, I now have a male Yorkshire terrier so I want to have her spayed, how long after her pereod do I have to wait to have her spayed, she is 3 years old .

    1. HI Sue, in most cases it is best to spay at the midpoint between seasons roughly 3 months from the beginning of her season starting. Because all vets have different points of view, it is best give yours a ring and see what they advise.

  160. Hi I have a jack Russell and she hase come into season all though its not her first, I now have a male Yorkshire terrier so I want to have her spayed, how long after her pereod do I have to wait to have her spayed, she is 3 years old .

    1. HI Sue, in most cases it is best to spay at the midpoint between seasons roughly 3 months from the beginning of her season starting. Because all vets have different points of view, it is best give yours a ring and see what they advise.

  161. Hi I have a female mixed breed she is aprox 3 years old and had pups 12 weeks ago can she be spayed now. We actually got her from a relative who moved overseas. She assured us she had been spayed. Obviously this wasn’t the case hence 7 pups who we found good homes for thank god. I’m worried she might come into season again because we have a intact male dog (pups dad) we could get him neutered first but it takes a while for them to be sterile. At a loss at what to do.

  162. Hi I have a female mixed breed she is aprox 3 years old and had pups 12 weeks ago can she be spayed now. We actually got her from a relative who moved overseas. She assured us she had been spayed. Obviously this wasn’t the case hence 7 pups who we found good homes for thank god. I’m worried she might come into season again because we have a intact male dog (pups dad) we could get him neutered first but it takes a while for them to be sterile. At a loss at what to do.

  163. My bitch is 8 months old, has had one season about 4 weeks ago. She is booked in to have her spay operation on 27 Feb 2015. Is it a full hysterectomy? Can it be just tubes tied? Can I wait a few more weeks before she will be due another “season” so as to be nicer weather for recovery. Should I get her coat cut before the op? Thank you.

  164. My bitch is 8 months old, has had one season about 4 weeks ago. She is booked in to have her spay operation on 27 Feb 2015. Is it a full hysterectomy? Can it be just tubes tied? Can I wait a few more weeks before she will be due another “season” so as to be nicer weather for recovery. Should I get her coat cut before the op? Thank you.

  165. I have almost 5 yr old springer who had emergency operation last night, she came into season as normal but then noticed dark blood and clots appearing after she should have finished her season and she also “smelt” strange,phoned vets after seeing clots in her wee yesterday and she was taken straight down and operated on within an hour of being there, apparently had lots of pus and clots in her uterus so everything has been removed and she is now home recovering

  166. I have almost 5 yr old springer who had emergency operation last night, she came into season as normal but then noticed dark blood and clots appearing after she should have finished her season and she also “smelt” strange,phoned vets after seeing clots in her wee yesterday and she was taken straight down and operated on within an hour of being there, apparently had lots of pus and clots in her uterus so everything has been removed and she is now home recovering

  167. Our 2 yr old female lab/shepard mix dog was spayed but it seems it was not abdominal but just under her tail. Is this a “normal” way to spay a female dog?

  168. Our 2 yr old female lab/shepard mix dog was spayed but it seems it was not abdominal but just under her tail. Is this a “normal” way to spay a female dog?

  169. my bitch is quite excitable and aggressive, she is 6 yr old jack Russell. I took her in 2 years ago because no one wanted her, She has been a sweet dog when just with me but did bite me once when I first had her. she has been really hard work since I had my grandchild who is now 18 months, I am really careful but she has s napped meanifully at him. am scared she will harm him. will haveing her spayed make her calm and non aggreessive,, I worry she will hurt m grandchild

    1. Hi Angela, it is a big worry, especially as she seems a bit unpredictable. It is doubtful whether spaying her will calm her, it could be a learned behaviour and your grandchild will be lower in ‘the pack’. We’d strongly suggest you speak to your vet about your worries and concerns as they know her as well. Dave RVN admin Vet Help Direct.

  170. my bitch is quite excitable and aggressive, she is 6 yr old jack Russell. I took her in 2 years ago because no one wanted her, She has been a sweet dog when just with me but did bite me once when I first had her. she has been really hard work since I had my grandchild who is now 18 months, I am really careful but she has s napped meanifully at him. am scared she will harm him. will haveing her spayed make her calm and non aggreessive,, I worry she will hurt m grandchild

    1. Hi Angela, it is a big worry, especially as she seems a bit unpredictable. It is doubtful whether spaying her will calm her, it could be a learned behaviour and your grandchild will be lower in ‘the pack’. We’d strongly suggest you speak to your vet about your worries and concerns as they know her as well. Dave RVN admin Vet Help Direct.

  171. Hi I rescued 2 small shitzus who had been used for breeding I wanted them spaying but didn’t know if they if they had a season the vet checked them and said they could be done because there where no signs of them in season but when operated on one of them was in season they carried on with the operation as it had already been started she is bleeding very slightly the vet said that will go .could there be any problems in the future because her being in season when she had the op, thanks

  172. Hi I rescued 2 small shitzus who had been used for breeding I wanted them spaying but didn’t know if they if they had a season the vet checked them and said they could be done because there where no signs of them in season but when operated on one of them was in season they carried on with the operation as it had already been started she is bleeding very slightly the vet said that will go .could there be any problems in the future because her being in season when she had the op, thanks

  173. I have a fit one year old dog with severe congenital subaortic stenosis. She is asymptomatic from this currently and has never had any signs of heart failure. Would an anesthetic for spaying increase her risk of arrythmias and/or sudden death? I would like to get her spayed after her first season but am worried about the risk a general anaesthetic may pose to her cardiac status. Thanks

  174. I have a fit one year old dog with severe congenital subaortic stenosis. She is asymptomatic from this currently and has never had any signs of heart failure. Would an anesthetic for spaying increase her risk of arrythmias and/or sudden death? I would like to get her spayed after her first season but am worried about the risk a general anaesthetic may pose to her cardiac status. Thanks

  175. This article is out of date and totally overlooks the problems that can be caused by early spaying and the removal of oestrogen (or testosterone in dogs). So called ‘sex hormones’ control many other body functions, such as the closure of growth plates in growing bones. Absence of the hormone causes incorrect bone overgrowth and can lead, for example, to cruciate ligament injuries caused by incorrect joint geometry. The health benefits are debatable and spayed bitches can actually be more prone to some types of cancer.

    Spaying an older rescue/problem dog is unlikely to change its behaviour that has been learned over many years. Surgery is not the answer. You need to see a qualified behaviourist who will assess the dog and suggest a behaviour modification plan – but don’t expect instant results, it’s very difficult to change the habits of a lifetime, whether in dogs or humans.

    1. Hi John, the article covers the steps in spaying and is not out of date! Spaying is the choice of the owner and although there is some study into problems with early spaying, there is also the opposite side where dogs have life threatening problems such as pyometra. ‘Spayed bitches can actually be more prone to some types of cancer’ – this is also debatable, is there a veterinary study to back up this statement? Behaviour we agree might not change with spaying, however the general article dealt with the surgical side, not the behavioural. Dave RVN @ Vet Help Direct.

  176. This article is out of date and totally overlooks the problems that can be caused by early spaying and the removal of oestrogen (or testosterone in dogs). So called ‘sex hormones’ control many other body functions, such as the closure of growth plates in growing bones. Absence of the hormone causes incorrect bone overgrowth and can lead, for example, to cruciate ligament injuries caused by incorrect joint geometry. The health benefits are debatable and spayed bitches can actually be more prone to some types of cancer.

    Spaying an older rescue/problem dog is unlikely to change its behaviour that has been learned over many years. Surgery is not the answer. You need to see a qualified behaviourist who will assess the dog and suggest a behaviour modification plan – but don’t expect instant results, it’s very difficult to change the habits of a lifetime, whether in dogs or humans.

    1. Hi John, the article covers the steps in spaying and is not out of date! Spaying is the choice of the owner and although there is some study into problems with early spaying, there is also the opposite side where dogs have life threatening problems such as pyometra. ‘Spayed bitches can actually be more prone to some types of cancer’ – this is also debatable, is there a veterinary study to back up this statement? Behaviour we agree might not change with spaying, however the general article dealt with the surgical side, not the behavioural. Dave RVN @ Vet Help Direct.

  177. Hi, my dog susie got neutered 2 days ago and is eating fine, but refusing to drink water. I am having to make her drink water through a syringe. She done her first poo today since the operation but it was very hard. Any suggestions to encourage her to drink by herself? She loves milk so would probably drink it, but not sure if she can have milk so soon after operation? Thanks

  178. Hi, my dog susie got neutered 2 days ago and is eating fine, but refusing to drink water. I am having to make her drink water through a syringe. She done her first poo today since the operation but it was very hard. Any suggestions to encourage her to drink by herself? She loves milk so would probably drink it, but not sure if she can have milk so soon after operation? Thanks

  179. My bitch is 9 and was spayed a month ago due to concerns of her getting pyometra now she’s older and irregular seasons (every 3 months). After a few failed attempts of beginning surgery due to phantom pregnancies after seasons she had medication to stop producing milk and was able to be spayed. She looked terrible when I picked her up due to the anaesthetic but healed very quickly and recovered well. Well worth getting it done for older dogs as long as they’re fit and healthy like mine.

  180. My bitch is 9 and was spayed a month ago due to concerns of her getting pyometra now she’s older and irregular seasons (every 3 months). After a few failed attempts of beginning surgery due to phantom pregnancies after seasons she had medication to stop producing milk and was able to be spayed. She looked terrible when I picked her up due to the anaesthetic but healed very quickly and recovered well. Well worth getting it done for older dogs as long as they’re fit and healthy like mine.

  181. My mother got her 18 month old bitch spayed on May 12th. She was fine for a few days after the procedure but now she won’t eat or drink and is having trouble standing and walking. She took her back to the vet that said he doesn’t know what is wrong and initial blood tests came back normal. Is this a possibly delayed reaction to anesthesia? The only thing the vet told her was it was a central nervous system issue.

  182. My mother got her 18 month old bitch spayed on May 12th. She was fine for a few days after the procedure but now she won’t eat or drink and is having trouble standing and walking. She took her back to the vet that said he doesn’t know what is wrong and initial blood tests came back normal. Is this a possibly delayed reaction to anesthesia? The only thing the vet told her was it was a central nervous system issue.

  183. Hi my 2 gorgeous border collie pups are 5months old and scheduled for spaying in 2days times. I am now unsure if I am doing the right thing yet or should I wait a little longer? I don’t know when they would be having there first season? I am nervous they are too young and that I am putting them uneder in neccassery risk? Any advice greatly appriciated

  184. Hi my 2 gorgeous border collie pups are 5months old and scheduled for spaying in 2days times. I am now unsure if I am doing the right thing yet or should I wait a little longer? I don’t know when they would be having there first season? I am nervous they are too young and that I am putting them uneder in neccassery risk? Any advice greatly appriciated

  185. Lindsay the exact thing has happened to my dog. She was fine and so full of life. Had her spayed she was ok for a couple of days afterwards gone off her food (she always loved her food) and now she is going lame. Not sure what to do 🙁

    1. We would suggest speaking to your vet again with your concerns. Ask them to check her over including temperature etc.

  186. Lindsay the exact thing has happened to my dog. She was fine and so full of life. Had her spayed she was ok for a couple of days afterwards gone off her food (she always loved her food) and now she is going lame. Not sure what to do 🙁

    1. We would suggest speaking to your vet again with your concerns. Ask them to check her over including temperature etc.

  187. Lindsay & Susan, what happened with your poor dogs? Did they have a post op infection, hope everything is okay! I would ask for a second opinion from a different vet if you don’t get anywhere. Blood tests, temp, etc. please update on here…

  188. Lindsay & Susan, what happened with your poor dogs? Did they have a post op infection, hope everything is okay! I would ask for a second opinion from a different vet if you don’t get anywhere. Blood tests, temp, etc. please update on here…

  189. My Yorkie x is due to be spayed in the next month and I am having second thoughts. When do the growth plates in bones close naturally? My older x breed dog was neutered at 6 months and has had endless problems, both crutiate ligaments went in his first year and he has arthritis in all his joints since her was 1. I wonder if his neutering contributed to his problems.
    Any advise welcome.

  190. My Yorkie x is due to be spayed in the next month and I am having second thoughts. When do the growth plates in bones close naturally? My older x breed dog was neutered at 6 months and has had endless problems, both crutiate ligaments went in his first year and he has arthritis in all his joints since her was 1. I wonder if his neutering contributed to his problems.
    Any advise welcome.

    1. Hi Clive,

      Although there are some occasions where vets do this, most will remove the uterus as it stops the life threatening conditions such as pyometra. Just this week a report of a dog having over a 2kg infected uterus removed is in the industry news. Lucky dog!

    1. Hi Clive,

      Although there are some occasions where vets do this, most will remove the uterus as it stops the life threatening conditions such as pyometra. Just this week a report of a dog having over a 2kg infected uterus removed is in the industry news. Lucky dog!

  191. I need some advice our Lhasa has finished her first season. Going for her op next month August. She was nearly a year till she had her season. Since she has finished about 10 weeks ago she seems very unhappy. Has gone for me a couple of times and our other dog who she was ok with. Her appetite is normal it’s almost as though she’s depressed any ideas please. Thanks in advance

    1. I think it is best to have her checked with your vet – there may be a hormone type problem or there could be something else triggering her behaviour. Please chat to your vet for more advice.

  192. I need some advice our Lhasa has finished her first season. Going for her op next month August. She was nearly a year till she had her season. Since she has finished about 10 weeks ago she seems very unhappy. Has gone for me a couple of times and our other dog who she was ok with. Her appetite is normal it’s almost as though she’s depressed any ideas please. Thanks in advance

    1. I think it is best to have her checked with your vet – there may be a hormone type problem or there could be something else triggering her behaviour. Please chat to your vet for more advice.

  193. Hi all, my 6 yr old pug has just had a emergency spay after what I was thought was a long season. After taking her to vets it was diagnosed as a uterus infection ( im assuming pyometra) she was spayed yesterday but stayed in overnight but brought her home tonight but is still loosing blood and clots very dark in colour. We have to take her back tomorrow for blood count but has anyone else had this complication? She won’t eat or drink, giving her water with syringe! X

  194. Hi all, my 6 yr old pug has just had a emergency spay after what I was thought was a long season. After taking her to vets it was diagnosed as a uterus infection ( im assuming pyometra) she was spayed yesterday but stayed in overnight but brought her home tonight but is still loosing blood and clots very dark in colour. We have to take her back tomorrow for blood count but has anyone else had this complication? She won’t eat or drink, giving her water with syringe! X

  195. Hi
    Please can you advise me, I have a 12 year old female Jack Russell she is in heat at the moment, she started her bled last Thursday 13th Aug 2015, yesterday I noticed she had small prolapse like a small cherry, it went back in with slight pressure. Would the vet be able to do anything while she is in heat ? would this likely be a sturture or would she require spaying after her heat, at 12 years old I am not keen. Thanks x

    1. Hello, it is something probably best dealt with by you vet – they can give you the best advice with an examination of her – its difficult to say as it is according what the prolapse is etc. Please call your vet and make an appointment for her to be checked. Best wishes, and please update us!

  196. Hi
    Please can you advise me, I have a 12 year old female Jack Russell she is in heat at the moment, she started her bled last Thursday 13th Aug 2015, yesterday I noticed she had small prolapse like a small cherry, it went back in with slight pressure. Would the vet be able to do anything while she is in heat ? would this likely be a sturture or would she require spaying after her heat, at 12 years old I am not keen. Thanks x

    1. Hello, it is something probably best dealt with by you vet – they can give you the best advice with an examination of her – its difficult to say as it is according what the prolapse is etc. Please call your vet and make an appointment for her to be checked. Best wishes, and please update us!

  197. my 7 year old bichon has been spayed this week [Thursday] opp went ok. Saturday post opp had pain/anti/sickness injections to day sunday she seems to being worked up as if she is having a phantom pregnacey scatching the floor and whinning please tell me what to do because I am worried thank you sandra

    1. Hello Sandra, we hope she has settled down now, but if she still seems upset, please ring the surgery for more advice – they will be best placed to assist as she is in their care.

  198. my 7 year old bichon has been spayed this week [Thursday] opp went ok. Saturday post opp had pain/anti/sickness injections to day sunday she seems to being worked up as if she is having a phantom pregnacey scatching the floor and whinning please tell me what to do because I am worried thank you sandra

    1. Hello Sandra, we hope she has settled down now, but if she still seems upset, please ring the surgery for more advice – they will be best placed to assist as she is in their care.

    1. Hi Keith, like you say there is a lot of conflicting advice out there. Like many things there are positives and negatives for when to spay and different studies. Some say before the first season to reduce the incidence of mammary tumours, while some vets prefer to wait until after the first season, when everything has developed. We’d strongly suggest you have a chat to your own vet, as each surgery has their own ideas and express your questions/concerns to them.

    1. Hi Keith, like you say there is a lot of conflicting advice out there. Like many things there are positives and negatives for when to spay and different studies. Some say before the first season to reduce the incidence of mammary tumours, while some vets prefer to wait until after the first season, when everything has developed. We’d strongly suggest you have a chat to your own vet, as each surgery has their own ideas and express your questions/concerns to them.

  199. my female pekinese has had bothth her utérus and ovaries removed and is still acting as she is going to have puppies I.e. scratchinbg in corners, panting and follows me everywhere – has anyone had this experience?

    Thank you,

  200. my female pekinese has had bothth her utérus and ovaries removed and is still acting as she is going to have puppies I.e. scratchinbg in corners, panting and follows me everywhere – has anyone had this experience?

    Thank you,

  201. justlost my lovely bitch.it was clear she wasn’t wel on the morning could not stand up took her o vet emergency, he said to let her go ?, he said she was anaemic bleeding somewhere she was a staffie, so loyal., so obedient, well liked vet but don’t understand what he meant ?

  202. justlost my lovely bitch.it was clear she wasn’t wel on the morning could not stand up took her o vet emergency, he said to let her go ?, he said she was anaemic bleeding somewhere she was a staffie, so loyal., so obedient, well liked vet but don’t understand what he meant ?

  203. @Mary Collins, please take her to your vet for a check up as soon as you can. We can’t help you over the forum but there are several possible things that could cause symptoms you have described, she could be in pain or ill. Your vet will be able to check her over and help you.

  204. @Mary Collins, please take her to your vet for a check up as soon as you can. We can’t help you over the forum but there are several possible things that could cause symptoms you have described, she could be in pain or ill. Your vet will be able to check her over and help you.

  205. Hello my dog had pyometra removed 2weeks ago op went well .had her stitches out Monday just gone but vet said her inside stitches will desolve as you can see the sticking , I’ve just seen she has started bleeding is this normal please any answer get did say she would bleed and loose discharge my question is why 2 weeks after and is this right my poor baby been threw so much

  206. Hello my dog had pyometra removed 2weeks ago op went well .had her stitches out Monday just gone but vet said her inside stitches will desolve as you can see the sticking , I’ve just seen she has started bleeding is this normal please any answer get did say she would bleed and loose discharge my question is why 2 weeks after and is this right my poor baby been threw so much

  207. Hi, my 11yr old German Shepherd got a hysterectomy 2 days ago, due to her being diagnosed with diabetes 3wks ago and it not stabalising, op went well but she will not eat and she has lost the use of her rear right leg, also her right lip is drooping, they will not discharge her until she stands, which is understandable, but in scared incase we lose her, they say it’s arthritis in her leg but I’m unsure as she could walk and run fine before. Can this happen in a few hours??, any suggestions would be much appreciated, thanks lorna

  208. Hi, my 11yr old German Shepherd got a hysterectomy 2 days ago, due to her being diagnosed with diabetes 3wks ago and it not stabalising, op went well but she will not eat and she has lost the use of her rear right leg, also her right lip is drooping, they will not discharge her until she stands, which is understandable, but in scared incase we lose her, they say it’s arthritis in her leg but I’m unsure as she could walk and run fine before. Can this happen in a few hours??, any suggestions would be much appreciated, thanks lorna

  209. Hello I have just fetched my dog home from been spayed at 4 pm . Is it normal for her not to move as she as done nothing since she come home

  210. Hello I have just fetched my dog home from been spayed at 4 pm . Is it normal for her not to move as she as done nothing since she come home

  211. We had our Jack Russell,spay but she is still bleeding,no enlargement but freely bleeding.is this common?We have been back to the vet who tells us that a tiny particle of inside could still be within to rectify means opening again We do not wantt to put dog thru again.Any answers”?

  212. We had our Jack Russell,spay but she is still bleeding,no enlargement but freely bleeding.is this common?We have been back to the vet who tells us that a tiny particle of inside could still be within to rectify means opening again We do not wantt to put dog thru again.Any answers”?

  213. Hi
    I had a Chinese Crested female of 11 years of age spayed due to a prolapse and she one year later still keeps having a prolapse
    What is it that prolapses is it the vaginal wall?
    It has been stitched in with very strong thread sutures and last a few months then the stitches break and she prolapses again

    1. Hi Sharon, it is indeed protrusion of vaginal tissue. A tricky and uncomfortable condition which can leave your dog with difficulty urinating, therefore it is serious. Stay in touch with your vet and let them know any time you suspect it has happened again.

  214. Hi
    I had a Chinese Crested female of 11 years of age spayed due to a prolapse and she one year later still keeps having a prolapse
    What is it that prolapses is it the vaginal wall?
    It has been stitched in with very strong thread sutures and last a few months then the stitches break and she prolapses again

    1. Hi Sharon, it is indeed protrusion of vaginal tissue. A tricky and uncomfortable condition which can leave your dog with difficulty urinating, therefore it is serious. Stay in touch with your vet and let them know any time you suspect it has happened again.

  215. We are looking for another rough coated Female J R T having lost ours at 10yrs old ! we have seen a bitch that we like, however she has had 1 litter of pups & not been speyed She is 3 yrs 4 months old is it ok to spey a bitch at that age ?

    1. Hi Richard, yes, subject to a health examination by your vet, there should be no reason that a bitch of this age can’t be spayed.

  216. Just got back with my 1 yo border collie after having her spayed and she is still very groggy.
    Decided to have the spaying done as I don’t want her to have any complications down the road.
    She is normally full of beans and I know that it is going to be difficult to keep her relaxed and calm for ten days. But onward we go.

  217. I had my 10 year old collie spade on the Friday and she died on the Saturday morning she was so fit and well she had never been in I am so heart broken

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