Getting a dog comes with quite a few decisions to make such as should you get your puppy spayed? When to spay your puppy? and plenty more.
When we first got Lola we knew we weren’t going to breed from her so we initially decided that we would have her spayed as soon as the vet recommended it was safe to do so. Every vet you speak to will have a slightly different opinion, so we did end up changing our minds slightly and delaying the spaying until Lola had gone through her first season.
When to spay a puppy?
A female puppy can be spayed around the six month mark unless they have already gone into season (this is unlikely but every puppy is different). The first vet we spoke to suggested that Lola would be ready for spaying around the six months mark, and when we took her for a pre spay check, a different vet advised us to wait another month as she was still very bouncy and excitable at five months old.
He recommended that she had a season before she was spayed. After thinking about it for a few weeks we decided to wait for Lola to have her first season and then booked her in for the operation three months after her season had ended.
We waited the three months because there can be a hormonal imbalance after a season which can cause a false pregnancy and also if she was producing milk it would affect the wound area and make it more difficult to heal.
I think whether you wait for a season or spay before the first season really is an individual choice, but there doesn’t appear to be any harm either way.
The day of the operation arrived and we took Lola to the Vets first thing in the morning. It’s a day surgery, and she was to be starved of food and water in the morning, but had a walk so she could do her business.
She was quite happy being left with all the attention of the vets in the surgery, and we were to wait for a phone call later that day. By 5pm I was starting to wonder what was going on, but I had been assured that no news would be good news and not to worry. We collected Lola around 5.30pm that afternoon and were given the collar, some pain medication and an appointment for two days time.
What can you expect when you get your puppy spayed?
Day 1 – Operation Day – We opted not to have keyhole surgery so our spaying was a day appointment and we brought Lola home that evening.
She rested very quietly that evening. She had been given a top up of pain relief by the Vet just before she left so she wouldn’t need pain medication until the next morning. She hadn’t eaten all day as she refused food in the vets, but she had been drinking so they were more than happy. We were to introduce food slowly over the next day or so.
Day 2 – Lola was quite wimpery the night before, I think she was in pain, although she wasn’t attempting to lick her wound so the collar wasn’t put on her. She didn’t want her pain medication so we added some cheese and she happily ate them.
Her tummy was rumbling which wasn’t nice to listen to but she didn’t want a lot of her food. The day was spent with her being quiet and whining a little bit. Toilet breaks were restricted to the garden on a lead so she couldn’t pull the wound.
Day 3 – Lola appeared to have a lot of energy today which was a bit worrying as she wasn’t allowed to do any exercise. We had a vets appointment in the afternoon for a check up of the wound and to remove the dressing from the wound.
We started using the collar after this appointment as the wound was open and we didn’t want her licking or trying to bite the stitches. Thankfully she’d done her business in the garden before we went to the vets as I was getting worried about her being constipated.
Day 4-5 – We were told no walks, and just on the lead in the garden so she doesn’t get too excited. You could tell she wanted to burn some energy but she wasn’t allowed to so we had to resort to training exercises to try and keep her mind focused a little bit.
Day 6-8 We returned to the vets on day 8 and I don’t mind telling you those days were hard to keep her occupied. She wanted to play and run and she wasn’t allowed to. Once she got out of the back door and ran to the trampoline in the garden.
Thankfully it didn’t harm her or pull the wound. We were using the collar overnight or when we weren’t at home to stop her licking. The vet told us that the area was clean but looking a bit dry so she had obviously been licking it when we weren’t looking.
We were signed off from the vets though and were allowed to take her on short walks around the block but no off lead walks for another week as we knew the moment we let her off she was going to run.
By day 14 Lola was back to normal running through the forest. The wound didn’t appear to bother her too much and we were lucky that she recovered well with no complications. The vets were always on hand for questions and help however should we have needed them.