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Dog spay recovery pictures.
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Most dog owners know that it is important to spay and neuter their dog. However, the fact that so many dog owners do not know the spay procedure is a bit alarming. Spaying and neutering dogs can save the lives of thousands of dogs and reduce the risk of cancer in male dogs.
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The Spay-a-thon is the largest dog spay day ever held in the United States. It is held to promote the sterilization of dogs, to improve the health and quality of life for dogs, to eliminate the overpopulation of dogs in our cities and towns and to reduce the number of unwanted litters.
Why is a spay necessary?
Breeders use the word "sterile" to refer to an animal which has had its reproductive organs removed or rendered non-functional through some medical or surgical procedure, for example, vasectomy or ovariohysterectomy (ovariohysterectomy or "spaying").
What is spaying?
Sterilization of a female dog is called Spaying and includes removing the ovaries and uterus. Male dogs, also referred to as castrates, are also called neutered, unless they are neutered because of problems associated with the testicles.
Spay surgery consists of three components: the ovariohysterectomy (spaying), the castration and the wound closure. The ovariohysterectomy involves removing the ovaries (including the uterus if the dog is female) as well as the entire fallopian tube, the uterus and both ovaries. The fallopian tube and ovaries are the most common sites for the development of tumors, especially in older dogs. The ovaries produce the hormones progesterone, estradiol, androstenedione, testosterone, and LH which are essential to the maintenance of pregnancy, lactation, and the menstrual cycle, in addition to other important roles. In addition, the spaying procedure prevents females from producing estrogen.
Neutering a male dog is usually done by the veterinarian in a single visit. In addition to the surgery, the dog will receive a shot of anti-anxiety medication as well as the usual antibiotics. The wound site is also dressed and bandaged, and the dog is usually kept in a temporary kennel for 24 hours after surgery. A follow up visit is scheduled a week or two later to check for complications.
What is a neutered dog?
Neutering a male dog is called castration. In some cases, this can be done as an emergency procedure when a male dog has problems related to his testicles. The removal of the testicles eliminates most of the sex hormones produced in a dog's body.
A neutered female dog is called spayed. This involves removing the ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes. A spayed dog cannot become pregnant and the ovaries do not produce estrogen.
Why is a neutered dog so important?
The most important reason to neuter is to reduce the number of unwanted litters. The most common problems that dog owners have to deal with are litters of puppies. If a female dog is not spayed, she can have as many litters as she wants, so long as she has a mate to have puppies with. Even though they are still young, puppies can be destructive, and may be aggressive towards other animals. Unneutered female dogs also have higher incidence of mammary tumors, vaginal infections, and other conditions that are caused by the hormones produced by the ovaries.
Because the spaying procedure reduces the hormone level in the body, it reduces the risk of mammary tumors, urinary tract infections, and vaginal infections, just to name a few conditions that are linked to higher incidences in unneutered dogs.
If a male dog is not neutered, he will become increasingly aggressive, especially if he is in heat. As the testosterone level increases, his blood pressure rises. He may have an aggressive behavior toward his male owners, especially if he is very young. The hormones produced by the testicles are responsible for maintaining the immune system, making a dog more susceptible to infections.
Spaying and neutering also has the added advantage of increasing a dog's lifespan by up to a decade.
What are the health risks of not spaying?
Breeders will often refer to castration of a male dog as a "simple procedure." It is usually done by the veterinarian in a single visit, although it can be performed by the owner. Castration, as well as ovariohysterectomy, has several advantages:
Decrease in aggression toward people. Aggressive males tend to bite and chase people and their pets, especially young children.
Decrease in aggression toward other animals.
Decrease in urination, marking and spraying.
What are the health risks of not spaying?
The health risks of not neutering a dog are several:
Increased aggression toward people and other animals.
Aggressive behavior toward people and other animals can be dangerous.
Increased urinary problems, especially in males.
An increase in unwanted and unplanned pregnancies.
A change in the normal function of the reproductive organs.
A decrease in immune system.
Increased susceptibility to disease.
Castration of a male dog is a simple procedure. It is usually done in a single visit by the veterinarian. It is performed by cutting and closing the testicles with a scalpel. The incision is made by the veterinarian or by the owner.
Ovariohysterectomy involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus, along with the fallopian tube. It is performed as a separate surgery. The ovaries are removed from the abdomen or the flank area. Sometimes the spleen and one or more of the large intestines are also removed to prevent the release of infectious material into the abdominal cavity. If the ov