SPAYING - THE ADVANTAGES
You can avoid the mess and inconvenience when your female dog comes in heat - the bleeding, nervousness and the uncontrollable desire to mate.
Medically, spay is the complete removal of the female reproductive tract -the ovaries, oviducts, uterine horns, and the uterus. The surgery also removes the source of production of such hormones as estrogen and progesterone, which are responsible for stimulating and controlling heat cycles.
The spay operation or is performed while the dog is asleep under general anaesthetic. Consequently, she will not feel anything during the procedure. The instruments are sterilised and the skin is prepared before the surgeon opens the abdomen, thereby minimising bacterial contamination. Both ovaries and the uterus are removed. The abdomen is closed using suture material that dissolves and is absorbed by the body. The skin is usually sutured with stitches that have to be removed in 10-14 days. After 3 days she is usually back to normal.
Precautions: Do not allow your bitch to jump or exercise vigorously until the stitches are removed. There should be no games or forced exercise for the first week.