Spay first. That’s what you would normally hear from your families and friends when you mention adopting a puppy. But at the back of your mind you ask, “isn’t it fun having puppies running all over your house?”

Spay surgery is a procedure done in female animals to prevent them from getting pregnant by removing both the ovaries and the uterus and female dogs that are up for adoption will normally be spayed before being released to their furever families.

Unlike neutering in male pups, spaying is a more complex procedure. In fact, it is considered as a major operation, although your little girl will only be affected for couple of days, one week max. But after that, not just you are freed from the worry of sudden proliferation of the furry four–legged creature in your household, your baby girl also get to enjoy many health benefits.

Spaying is beneficial for the following reasons.
· Reduces risk of Pyometra or mammary gland infection
· Helps control pet overpopulation
· There is no need to choose between a dog in sanitary napkin or a mess all over your house
· Eliminates totally offensive odors

For best health results, a female pup can be spayed after the eighth week from birth. This is generally before her first heat. Depending on a dog’s breed, the first heat cycle will occur somewhere around their sixth month of age.

Before the procedure, vets will offer a presurgical blood work. It is done to ensure that your dog is well enough to undergo surgery and that there are no conditions that may otherwise affect the choice and use of anesthesia. A checklist will also be given to you for the dos and don’ts before the day of the surgery. In general, dogs should not be fed for at least 8 hours prior his surgery to avoid nausea. In most cases, vets will require no food intake starting midnight the night before the surgery. Drinking water, however, should be no big deal.

Depending on the vet’s recommendation, either you bring her home the same day after the procedure or in some cases; your pup may need to stay at the clinic for an overnight observation. If necessary, she will be prescribed pain medications, although it is uncommon in most cases. In case you notice that she won’t eat as normal as she would before, don’t panic. It’s just because she’s still a little nauseated and should be fine after about two days. Avoid too much exercise and restrict her activities within the next week to avoid swelling and bring her back to the clinic on the advised date so the vet can remove the stitches. A couple days of coughing can also be expected due to the irritation caused by the anesthesia tube down her throat. If anything else seems unusual, call your vet.

Remember that unspayed female dogs can be in heat for as long as three weeks. And, menopause is never their thing. Unless you are prepared and willing to be responsible for breeding your female, please, spay her.

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