I really don't want to put my
Bichon under anesthesia and my veterinarian says general anesthesia must
be used for the procedure.
Why should I have her spayed
anyway; she never goes outside except in the fenced in yard? I just
don't see a need for the spay.
dog... spay... what is
First, you don't have to do anything you don't
approve! As the dog's caretaker your duty is to learn as much
as you need to about spaying, vaccinations, medications and nutrition in
order to make what we call "informed consent". And your
veterinarian's duty is to tell you about pet health care and make the best
recommendations possible. Then you, the pet owner, make the final
Second, there are statistically proven health
benefits for the spayed dog or cat compared to those not spayed.
Pyometra doesn't occur in spayed dogs and they have decreased incidence of
some kinds of cancers. Spayed dogs do not attract male dogs because
they don't come into heat for three weeks twice a year like an unspayed
Third, although it is considered major intra-abdominal surgery, spaying
is the most commonly performed surgery and your veterinarian probably
has lots of experience at doing it successfully. Most animal
hospitals have modern, safe sedation and anesthetic protocols and
presurgical blood tests that all play a role in achieving a successful
outcome to the surgery.
You can get several opinions from other
veterinarians, too. Do a little research. Then... it's your call.
Many veterinarians will try to use
subcutaneous sutures to close the skin incision of a spay surgery.
With no sutures externally to attract the dog's attention post op there's
less chance the dog will lick the incision area.
to see a number of photos of dogs and cats with
various conditions and diseases. View a few
x-rays (radiographs), surgery images and parasites,