As of January 2015, our veterinarians will be recommending that large breed dogs be spayed after they reach puberty, the first “heat” or estrus in females. There has been ongoing research into the potential effects of spaying large breed dogs prior to them reaching puberty. For more information about this research, follow this link, Potential Health Implications of Early Spaying In Large Breed Dogs.

Spaying your pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents female animals from becoming pregnant and reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Spaying will not change your pet’s personality.

By spaying your female pet, you’re protecting her against potentially deadly diseases, including bacterial infections, reproductive tract diseases, and several types of cancer. You also won’t have to worry about her going into heat. This means avoiding the mess that often accompanies the heat cycle in female dogs and the pacing and crying that happens with female cats. In addition, spaying your pet will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.

Spaying, which involves removing the ovaries and uterus, is a surgical procedure and does need to be performed with the pet under anesthesia. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure her safety. Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.

At the Wellesley Veterinary Clinic are pleased to be able to offer the latest in surgical modalities with the addition of a CO2 Surgical Laser to our practice. Some of the advantages of Laser Surgery over traditional surgical methods include a decrease in bleeding during and after surgery, and a decrease in swelling at the surgical site post operatively. Most significantly, use of the CO2 Surgical Laser results in a significant reduction in post operative discomfort. Patients recover quickly and seem much happier in the recovery period in our experience.

To set up an appointment to have your pet spayed or to learn more about this procedure, call or visit our clinic. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to spay your pet, please call us so we can discuss your concerns.