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You've been told to have your new fur gal pal spayed, but you’re uncertain what that entails. Various behavioral and health benefits are associated with spaying, but discuss the procedure with a vet.
Benefits of Spaying
While spaying won't sharpen your dog's obedience skills, it generally affects behaviors normally associated with the heat cycle, like straying from home in search of a mate. Spaying will also eliminate bloody discharge, frequent urination, irritability, uterine infections, and ovarian and uterine tumors. It also decreases the dog's risk of breast cancer, and hormone-driven guarding and aggression.
Expectations and Considerations
Depending on your dog's age, she may need pre-operation blood tests to ensure she's healthy. Since the procedure requires general anesthesia, she'll remain in recovery for as little as several hours or as long as a day or two. The vet will provide at-home instructions, any necessary pain meds, and possibly an Elizabethan collar to protect her stitches.