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Understanding how each spay procedure is carried out will give you a better idea of what to expect during the recovery period following surgery.


The procedure for spaying females is considered major surgery just like a human hysterectomy. Under general anesthesia, an incision is made into the female's abdomen and the complete uterus and ovaries are removed. Dissolving sutures are used internally and sometimes externally, but often the outer incision is closed with surgical staples that must be removed approximately ten days after the surgery, necessitating a follow up visit with the vet. The female will receive an antibiotic injection immediately after surgery and will also receive antibiotic tablets to be given during the remaining recovery period.


Females usually take about 14 days to recover from this procedure, and the surgical site may remain tender even longer..


Post Surgical Signs of Infection

Once you take your pet home, it's crucial to follow your veterinarian's care instructions to the letter. Even under the best of circumstances, dog or cat neutering and spaying can lead to post surgical infections, so be sure to inspect the incision twice daily during the healing period to be certain it remains clean and uninfected.

Warning signs to watch for include:

  • Redness, irritation, and/or swelling at the incision
  • An excessively hot feeling around the scar
  • Bleeding or foul discharge at the incision
  • A temperature greater than 102 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Listless behavior more than 24 hours after surgery
  • Pet refuses food and water
  • Pet has difficulty relieving itself

If your pet displays any of these signs, please contact us immediately.