Neutering female dogs is also referred to as spaying. It involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus. Neutering males is also referred to as castration. It involves the removal of the dog’s testes.
The nurse will see you on the morning of the operation to admit your dog for the day. They’ll make sure your dog has been well recently and is fine to have the operation, and also check that we have the correct contact information for you. We ask that your dog is fed before 8pm the night before the operation and has no breakfast, so they don’t vomit/regurgitate when under the anaesthetic. They can have water at all times as normal.
Once the nurse has admitted your dog, they will be taken to their kennel room, made comfortable with padded bedding and given lots of fuss and encouragement to try to reassure them. There will also be a nurse in the kennel area during recovery to look after your dog.
The vet who’ll perform the operation will examine your dog prior to giving them an injection of a mild sedative to help keep them calm and ease the induction of anaesthesia. Your pet will also be given an injection for pain relief. Once your dog is nicely sleepy, the nurse and vet will lead or carry them into the prep room to place an intravenous catheter. They will always talk to the animal throughout to try to put him or her at ease.
Throughout the general anaesthetic and on recovery, your dog will be monitored by the nurse. Once awake, they will be returned to their bed to be looked after by the kennel nurse, who makes sure they’re warm and cosy and comfortable. When they’re fully awake, a small meal is offered.
When you collect your dog to take them home that evening, they’ll be wearing an Elizabethan collar to prevent them from licking the surgical wound, and be delivered to you with a tin or sachet of a light, palatable food that’s easy on the stomach. The nurse will go through the required post-operative care in the discharge appointment with you – feeding, exercise and administration of pain relief medication, for example.
We may request a 3-day post-op check-up with the nurse to ensure your dog is doing well, is happy and comfortable, and that his or her wound is healing nicely.