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How Long Does Spaying Take?

Spaying your female cat or dog is the best way to stop them from having babies that you don't want. It can also help to prevent them from doing things they don't like and protect them from getting some types of cancer that are serious. Our vets in Somerset will explain how the spaying process works and how long it will take to finish.

What is spaying or neutering?

A spay procedure, also known as an ovariohysterectomy, involves the removal of a female's reproductive organs, including both ovaries, the uterus, and its horns.

What are the benefits of spaying?

If you spay your pet, you can prevent them from having unwanted litters. This is especially important for female cats who spend time outdoors, as they are at the highest risk of getting pregnant. Spaying also reduces the likelihood of your pet getting sick from a female reproductive system disease. The procedure eliminates the possibility of a severe infection of the uterus (pyometra). Moreover, studies indicate that pets spayed at an early age have a lower risk of developing breast cancer in their later years.

What happens during a spaying procedure? 

When you spay your pet, the vet will administer general anesthesia to keep your pet comfortable during the surgery. Before the procedure, the vet will conduct some tests to ensure your pet is healthy enough for the operation.

During the surgery, the vet will carefully shave the hair on your pet's belly and clean the skin. Then, they will remove the necessary organs using either surgical lasers or a scalpel - both methods are safe.

After the surgery is complete, the vet will close the incision using skin glue, sutures, or staples. If stitches or staples are used, you must return to the vet after 10 to 14 days to have them removed.

How long does spaying surgery take? 

The duration of the procedure for your pet depends on its size and any medical conditions it may have. Typically, it takes around 20 to 90 minutes. However, for larger pets or older dogs, the duration may be longer, requiring the assistance of two surgeons. Your pet will stay in the hospital for a few hours, including the check-in process, a physical examination, the surgery, and the time required for the anesthesia to wear off.

How long does it take to recover from spaying?

After your pet undergoes surgery, it's normal for them to start feeling better within 24 to 48 hours. However, they take around 10 to 14 days to heal fully.

During this period, it's vital to keep your pet calm and prevent them from jumping as it could reopen the incision.

It's recommended to check the incision daily for any signs of infection, such as redness, discharge, swelling, or a foul odor. If you come across any of these symptoms, it's essential to contact your veterinarian.

Additionally, it's crucial to monitor your pet's behavior during the recovery period. If your pet is still lethargic or is not eating or drinking after 48 hours, it could indicate an infection.

In such instances, following up with your veterinarian or taking your pet to an emergency veterinarian for medical attention is advisable.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

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