For most dogs, we recommend spaying before the first heat, but if you think your dog has been in heat recently please advise the staff at check-in, as we may delay the surgery until it is safe to do so. Being in heat decreases wound healing, makes reproductive tissue more fragile and increases bleeding. None of this is conducive to surgery. In general, we want to be directly in between two heats, which for most dogs is 3 months after the start of a heat cycle. An ovariohysterectomy, or spay, is the surgical removal of a female pet’s reproductive organs (the ovaries and the uterus). The abdomen is shaved from her belly button to her groin. A 1-4 inch incision is made just below the belly button. The incision is then closed with 3 layers of stitches under the skin that will dissolve and will be absorbed by the body over time. A larger dog will also have external skin sutures or staples that will need to be removed in 10 days after surgery. If your dog is discharged the evening of surgery she will most likely be groggy and a little sore. Don’t feed that evening as your pet will tend to be a little nauseous and we don’t want vomiting to occur. Especially if you have chosen to take your pet home overnight she needs to be kept very quiet with limited stairs or jumping. You may notice that your pet’s front leg has been shaved. This shaved area is where the IV catheter was placed during surgery. It is important to keep her quiet for 10 days so that she does not open the incision or cause swelling. The incision needs to be checked 2 to 3 times daily. A small amount of inflammation and bruising is normal. There should never be excessive bruising or discharge. Your pet should seem quiet but normal — any excessive lethargy should be checked by us immediately. All dogs need to keep the Elizabethan collar on for the full 10 days — remember, incisions itch as they heal. She will be administered an anti-inflammatory and in some cases a sedative pain medication to facilitate keeping her quiet. After 10 days, the E-collar can come off as long as she does not lick and as long as everything looks healed. Some coughing is normal after the surgery, as the trachea may be irritated due to being intubated during the procedure.
Forget the Comfy Cone for small- to medium-sized dogs. I bought one for my 22-lb. Cocker after surgery. The flat panels do not conform to the head shape of a small dog, they transmit no light at all (which at least the typical plastic cone does), and they restrict the field of sight considerably more than regular cones. She hated it and I can see why; comfort isn't everything - this is just bad design for small- to medium-sized dogs. Some of the other soft collars in this article look like they're worth trying the next time she needs to be kept from chewing or itching a healing wound, though.
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Many veterinarians recommend fitting your dog with an E collar after surgery or if she suffers a serious wound. Courtesy of its bulky design, the collar prevents your dog from repeatedly licking or chewing the wound. In addition to prolonging the healing process, repeated licking can cause the wound or incision to become inflamed or infected. In a worst-case scenario, your dog could chew through her stitches with potentially life-threatening complications. Additionally, E collars may be helpful for preventing obsessive chewers from inflicting wounds to themselves.
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ecovery cones for dogs (also known as Elizabethan collars or dog E-collars), and suits are used on dogs to keep them from reaching wounds. We've all seen a poor dog with a cone around his neck after a surgery. Your pooch may not like it, but the best dog recovery cones will keep him from upsetting a healing wound or irritating a sensitive area.
Comfortable Dog Cone Alternatives | Whole Dog Journal