What is meant by ovariohysterectomy or spaying?
Spaying is the common term used to describe the surgical procedure known scientifically as an ovariohysterectomy. In this procedure, the ovaries and uterus are removed completely in order to sterilize a female dog.
Why should I have my dog spayed?
We recommend spaying all female pets. The benefits to your pet's health and to help reduce the pet overpopulation crisis make this decision easier. It should be remembered that owners of Guide Dogs for the Blind, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Dogs for the Disabled routinely have their dogs spayed and this does not affect their ability to perform their duties in any manner whatsoever.
What are the advantages of spaying in the female dog?
What are the disadvantages?
Most of the perceived disadvantages are false. The most quoted of these are that the dog will become fat, lazy, and useless as a guard dog. Obesity is probably the most commonly quoted disadvantage of spaying. Obesity is the result of overfeeding and lack of physical activity. The role of female hormones in preventing obesity is poorly understood. By regulating your dog's diet and caloric intake, you can prevent obesity in neutered or intact females. Spaying doesn't cause a change in personality, guarding instincts, intelligence, playfulness or affection.
"Spaying doesn't cause a change in personality, guarding instincts, intelligence, playfulness or affection."
When should the operation be performed?
Most veterinarians recommend spaying between four and six months of age. At Valley Veterinary Care, Inc. we recommend the earliest be six months of age.
What is included in the spay package cost?
At Valley Veterinary Care, Inc. we strive to provide the best care possible and in order to do that we include in our canine spay cost, the following
Is spaying performed for any other reason?
The operation may be performed for several medical conditions. These include: