We prefer to allow a bitch to have a single period of being on heat before we spay her. This will normally ensure that she develops fully anatomically, as occasionally minor urinary tract problems can occur if they are spayed too young. Spaying a bitch is more complicated than spaying a cat. After the operation, when both her ovaries and her womb are removed, she will have a long scar on her abdomen about 10 to 12 cm long. You will have to be careful to ensure that she does not do anything that might cause damage to the stitches. In most cases we hide the sutures in the skin as this reduces the irritation.
At the time of the operation she will be given antibiotics and analgesics. We will prescribe pain-relievers for you to give for a few days after the operation. If possible it is a good idea to fit your dog with a T-shirt to prevent her licking her operation wound – we will show you how to do that. It is important to remember that after spaying some bitches will put on weight because their metabolic rate has dropped. It is important to reduce food intake after the operation, by about 5% to 10%. Care needs to be taken after her operation for about 2 weeks to allow healing of the abdominal wound to take place fully.