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Animal Medical Clinic - St. Paul

Ovariohysterectomy (Spay)

Complete removal of the uterus and ovaries through an abdominal incision.

After a pre-surgical exam and vaccinations are given, you may schedule your pet's procedure. You will need to fast your pet from 10 PM the night before the procedure, then she will be brought into the clinic between 8 & 9 AM on the day of the procedure. Your pet will be put under anesthesia for the surgery, which takes about 1 hour. Your pet will be set to go home with a few instructions such as: no bathing, check incision, short walks, and no play.

Benefits to spaying your pet include:

  • Eliminates irritating heat cycles which attract males
  • The presence of discharge/ foul odors associated with estrus
  • Done prior to first heat greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancer, as well as ovarian and uterine cancer (in cats), and uterine infections

There is no clear-cut, optimal age to spay your pet. Usually we recommend the procedure be done approximately between 5 to 6 months of age before the first estrus. 

We are aware there are some reports that suggest a benefit to spaying later in life. If waiting is what you desire, please discuss with your veterinarian.

An ovariohysterectomy will decrease metabolism and increase the appetite. Therefore, calorie intake will need to be carefully monitored to prevent unwanted weight gain.