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Spaying or Neutering Your Dog

Information And Services For The Spay And Neuter of Dogs

Since 1982, the dedicated and compassionate veterinary team at Veterinary Village have successfully performed spay and neuter procedures on many male and female dogs of all breeds and ages. We have also helped educate dog owners throughout WI about spay and neuter procedures. These include when to spay or neuter a dog, what to expect during and after surgery, and what other options are available.

If you have owned an dog, or if you know anyone who has, chances are you have heard of the terms spay and neuter. Spaying is a term that describes the ovariohysterectomy, or the removal of portions of the reproductive system of a female dog. Neutering is a term that describes the castration, or the removal of the testicles of a male dog. Veterinarians perform these surgical procedures, which render dogs incapable of reproducing.

We believe in compassionate dog care and therefore are adamant about educating people on the different spay and neuter procedures available and when we recommend doing them. We have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions here to help you learn more about this very important service.

A Responsible And Caring Spay And Neuter Clinic

For most people the thought of their puppy undergoing a surgical procedure under sedation can be frightening. We understand that this can be scary for caring dog owners and want to assure you that your dog will be cared for by the most capable and caring medical professionals.

From the time your dog enters our doors, it will be treated with compassion and concern for its comfort. Our technicians will treat your dog as their own. All puppies will receive pain medications before the procedure begins. Our anesthesia and patient care protocols will be tailored to your dog's breed and size. While your dog is under anesthesia, our certified vet tech will monitor a number of vital signs including body temperature, blood pressure, oxygenation and anesthesia depth. The surgery will be performed by our veterinarians who have many years of surgical experience.

Post-operative nursing care and pain management medications will be administered to your puppy to ensure that their recovery is painless and they remain closely monitored until we feel it is safe to send them home. Our veterinary staff will review post-operative instructions with you at that time so you can feel comfortable bringing your puppy home to complete its recovery.

Why Should You Spay Or Neuter Your Dog?

There are many valid reasons to spay and neuter your dog, according to AmericanHumane.org, approximately 3.7 million animals are euthanized at shelters annually because there just are not enough willing and able adopters for them. Spay and neuter procedures ensure that you are not adding to this number, and that no offspring your dog has ends up a fatal statistic.

At this time, there are no states with compulsory spay and neuter laws. However, spay and neuter procedures will ensure that no unwanted puppies are produced and will make it easier to take your dog out among other dogs without the risk of unwanted behaviors.

When Should You Spay Or Neuter A Dog?

The generally accepted age for spaying or neutering a dog is between 4-6 months. However we recommend that you wait til your puppy is over 6 months of age, and for females we recommend they go through their first heat cycle before spaying.

Recently, clinical evidence has suggested that dogs may benefit from waiting to spay or neuter until the dog has reached 10-11 months of age. There has been some evidence that this can reduce the risk of some types of cancer, however there are a number of other factors such as aggressiveness, potty training and reproduction that must also be taken into consideration. While these updated guidelines have given us cause to extend the acceptable age for spaying and neutering, the recommendation to eventually spay and neuter the dog remain. For more information please go to our Spay and Neuter Controversy page! If you are not sure when to spay or neuter your dog, please consult with the veterinarian at your next visit.

Neutering A Dog

Neutering a dog consists of the following surgical steps:

  • Pre anesthetic exam
  • Pain medication is administered
  • Our veterinary team will induce your dog into a safe state of general anesthesia
  • The attending certified vet tech monitors vital signs including breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, state of anesthesia, oxygenation levels and body temperature
  • The surgeon makes a small incision in the front of the scrotum
  • Each testicle is removed and the blood supply and vas deferens (spermatic cord) are tied off
  • The veterinarian closes the incision with surgical glue or sutures
  • Post-operative medications are given and post-operative care continues until your dog completely recovers from the anesthesia
  • We will keep your dog hospitalized until he completely recovers and is safe to send home with his after care instructions

Spaying A Dog

Spaying a dog consists of the following surgical steps:

  • Pre anesthetic exam
  • Pain medication is administered
  • Our veterinary team will induce your dog into a safe state of general anesthesia
  • The attending certified vet tech monitors vital signs including breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, state of anesthesia, oxygenation levels and body temperature
  • The surgeon makes a small incision near the umbilicus on the abdomen
  • The ovaries and uterus are removed
  • The veterinarian closes the incision with sutures or staples
  • Post-operative medications are given and post-operative care continues until your dog completely recovers from the anesthesia
  • We will keep your dog hospitalized until she completely recovers and is safe to send home with her after care instructions

Care Of Your Dog After Their Spay Or Neuter

Although dog spaying and neutering could result in some discomfort right after surgery, your veterinarian will take various measures for pain relief. Additional steps taken at home will facilitate a safe and comfortable recovery including:

  • Provide your dog with a quiet place to recover
  • Keep your dog calm indoors and attempt to limit running and jumping
  • Observe your dog carefully while outside for the first day or two to make sure they don't accidently fall or otherwise hurt themselves
  • Preventing your dog from licking the incision site, which may cause infection, by monitoring your dog and utilizing an elizabethan collar if licking can not be prevented otherwise
  • Checking the incision site daily to confirm proper healing
  • Looking for any redness, swelling or discharge at the surgery site.
  • Contact Us if the incision is open, if your dog is lethargic, has a decreased appetite, is vomiting, or has diarrhea, or if you have any other concerns following surgery

Make Your Appointment To Spay Or Neuter Your Dog Today

Scheduling an appointment with our veterinary team for spay and neuter procedures is as easy as picking up the phone, or sending us an email. Our experienced veterinary staff is here to help answer any questions or quell any concerns you might have, as well as to help schedule a surgical appointment for your canine companion at our clinic.

Contact Us Today To Schedule Your Spay And Neuter Appointment!

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