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Desexing Dogs

Desexing Dogs

Dog desexing takes place in the sterile environment of veterinary hospitals and requires the care and skill of a qualified vet.

The dog receives a general anesthetic before the surgical procedure of desexing occurs. Most return home on the same day as the surgery is performed.

Pre-anesthetic check up:

Prior to general anesthesia, the vet will check your dog’s heart and lung function and general health. Pre-anesthetic blood testing: This is done using in-clinic laboratory machines. Vital organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are evaluated. Sometimes blood testing is factored into the cost of the operation, while other vets elect to make it optional, in which case an extra cost is incurred.

Intravenous fluid therapy: Intravenous fluids are administered during surgery, as blood pressure and body temperature can drop during anesthesia. IVF is sometimes included in the price of desexing, or may be offered as an optional extra. Many vets are now including pre-anesthetic blood testing and intravenous fluid therapy in the cost of desexing as a safeguard.

All anesthetics and operations contain risks, although with modern anesthetics, pre-blood testing and monitoring equipment, the risk of a complication is relatively low.

Post Operative Care:

  • For the first week, keep your dog calm and quiet and restrict all exercise. This is to prevent damage to the stitches or stretching and opening of the wound.
  • A very active dog may need to be confined to the laundry or another small room.
  • Ensure the dog has a comfortable warm bed, as this is where he or she will be recuperating.
  • Some dogs may need to wear a plastic Elizabethan collar for a few days if they attempt to chew the stitches.

After the first week, short, slow walks on the lead may be permissible if your dog feels up to it. No running, jumping or swimming allowed. After that, your dog should be back his or her routine. Post operative infections are not common, but can occur.

Contact your Veterinary hospital or personal Vet immediately if the wound appears inflamed, pussy or the stitches damaged. Lethargy and unresponsiveness also are signs your dog needs to return to the vet as soon as possible.

This is general information only, consult your vet for professional advice relating to your dog’s desexing and health care. See Legal Disclaimer

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