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The Surgical Procedure

Your female pet has just undergone a major surgical procedure.  Spaying involves removing the

pet’s ovaries and uterus and is also known as an ovariohysterectomy. In both dogs and cats Dr. Strickland will make a ventral midline incision of the abdomen. Your pet will ultimately have a faint scar along the belly. Dr. Strickland makes every effort to maintain the cosmetic look of your pet.  Non-dissolvable sutures are then placed along the incision line. These sutures will need to be removed after 14 days.  You will need to make a follow-up appointment for this procedure. Suture removal has already been built into the cost of the neuter procedure and no additional payment is necessary for suture removal. Some most important task for the wellness of your pet post-surgical is to greatly limit activity, and prevent self inflicted trauma to the surgical site caused by licking, biting, scratching, or pulling of the area. You will be provided with enough pain medication for your pet to maintain comfort and keep their mind off of the surgical site until your follow-up visit. All dogs will be fitted with a properly sized e-collar to restrict their ability to reach the surgical site with its mouth.  We strongly encourage full compliance by having your pet wear the e-collar until its follow-up visit for suture removal.  While the e-collar may seem like punishment, or an unnecessary precaution it is our best defense against accidental opening of the surgical site which will result in a repeat of Dr. Strickland’s surgical closure of the site under anesthesia at the owner’s expense.

Food for Thought

Many pet owners think that their pets will have a different personality after this procedure and therefore refrain from having the procedure. In reality your female pet will more than likely have improved behavior, and its prognosis for wellness throughout its adult life will increase dramatically. Studies have shown that spaying reduces or eliminates typical female pet issues like heat cycles, pyometra (a life-threatening infection of the uterus), and even the risk of ovarian and mammary gland cancer.  The only time an owner should avoid this rocedure is if they plan on using the pet for breeding purposes.  Even then, when the pet is done with its breeding responsibilities spaying should be in its immediate future.


Signs To Watch For At Home

  • Loss of appetite for longer than 2 days post-surgery


  • Refusal to drink water for longer than 24 hours post surgery


  • Lethargic, lack of desire to get up and resume normal activities, depressed


  • Vomiting


  • Diarrhea

Food & Water at Home

Again, your pet is recovering from a major surgical procedure and you should not expect it to be fully back to normal immediately.  Therefore, you should not feed your pet until after 8:00 pm on the day of surgery. You should only feed 20% of their normal daily intake during this first feeding post-surgery.  You should only put enough water in their bowl to provide roughly 15-20 licks/laps of water. You can resume normal feeding and watering the next day.


Your pet may NOT resume regular, normal bowel movements for 24-36 hours post-surgery.  This is totally normal and NOT a cause for concern. Your pet has not only been fasting for 12-18 hours prior to surgery they have also been under anesthesia. We always walk your pet within two hours post-surgery both to instill some fresh air in order to help dispel anesthesia, but also to encourage a return normal fecal and urine elimination.



Spay Procedure and Home Care

One of our representatives will be happy to contact you via e-mail within 24 hours, or for urgent needs please call us at: (913) 888-3939