CANINE SPAY AND NEUTER FAQ

Why is it important to have my dog spayed or neutered?

Males
Pregnancy prevention
Decreases likelihood of prostate infections and prostate cancer
Eliminates testicular cancer
Longer life span due to decreased roaming, fights, hit by car rates in neutered dogs
Females
Pregnancy prevention
Prevents possibility of life threatening uterine infection
If done at < 18 mo. of age, decreases chance of mammary cancer by 85%

Why is it recommended that we do Pre-surgical Bloodwork before my dog has surgery?

While we always do a thorough pre-surgical exam some abnormalities may not be detected with just an exam. Bloodwork more closely evaluates liver and kidney parameters, electrolytes, red blood cells and platelets. For example, if an animal has low platelets that could interfere with blood clotting, which is essential for a successful surgery.

What is the purpose for having my dog on fluids during surgery and afterwards in recovery?

Maintains hydration; animal must be fasted from food and water prior to surgery
Helps maintain blood pressure
In event of adverse anesthetic reaction, we have instant access to bloodstream with possibly life saving medications
In rare event of hemorrhage giving fluids is initial treatment

Does Southeast Community Animal Hospital always use pain injections either before or after surgery?

Yes, once the animal is off gas anesthesia there is NO lasting pain control unless we supplement it with pain medications. The more painful the procedure the more pain medications are required.

How do I know if my dog needs to have pain medication after surgery?

Possible signs of pain may include the following: not eating well, limping, is painful when you touch the surgery site. Each animal will respond differently. It is best and most effective to treat the pain before it starts than to treat when already painful.

Why is it important to have my dog spayed or neutered?

Males
There are no sutures. The incision should stay closed. Mild redness and finger width swelling are normal for first few days.
Never should have discharge.
In adults scrotal swelling is common and will resolve within about 2 weeks.
Females
Sutures typically placed.
Mild redness and finger width swelling first couple of days.
No cream-colored discharge.
The information provided in this website is for educational or general informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, apply to or diagnose any specific animal or condition. To provide the best possible care for your pet, contact your veterinarian for specific instructions and recommendations.
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