Posted on: May 11, 2020 Posted by: Petsynse Comments: 0
Dog spay incision

It refers to a surgical process in which the ovaries of a female dog are removed due to any medical reason. After a spay incision, the female dog cannot attract males or have estrus cycles anymore. 

What a normal spay incision look like?


A newly spay incision should be a neat, straight wound. Its sides should be a lock with specific medical glue, stitches, or staples. An early spay incision will show signs of redness and swelling around the wound. As time passes you have to keep supervision on the healing process for any kind of discharge, redness, or swelling.

 There might be slight swelling, pinkness at the location but if you feel something oozing out or maybe unwanted pus immediately visit the veterinarian. 

Dogs that have pale skin tend to have bruising around the surgical site however it may be excessive in some cases. This is quite normal and is a result of the seepage of blood under the skin.


How long does the dog spay incision process take?


The time of the surgery depends on the size, age, and medical health of the dog. The surgery of a female dog can last for twenty to ninety minutes depending on if she is in heat. Female animals require more time as the reproductive tracts are fragile when in heat and this is because they can hold more blood in this condition.


How is the spay incision done?  


An incision is made below the belly button in the abdomen of the female dog. Both the ovaries, the uterus, and the reproductive tract are removed from the dog’s body. Then the incision is closed back with two layers of stitches under the skin which gets dissolve itself over time. Later the skin is closed either by skin glue, stitches, or skin staples.


How should I know if the spay incision is healing normally? 


It is important to keep close supervision on your dog after her surgery. Your pet should be able to stand after 12 hours of surgery. Your dog will look clumsy and lethargic or maybe sad so don’t worry it is very normal since the animal has undergone surgery, she will take some time to resume back to normal life. Ensure that your pet goes to the bathroom as usual. Check the wound frequently to make sure it does not reopen. 


Symptoms of dog spay incision not healing properly:


Note if you find any of the below-mentioned signs. It means your dog’s spay incision is not healing normally and is infected:

  • Yellow discharge oozing from the incision site.
  • Swelling
  • Redness 
  • Smelly fluid dripping from the scab


What precautions should be taken after spay incision?


Do not allow your pet to jump. Any sort of rigorous activity can cause the wound to reopen which will eventually be very agonizing for your pet dog. Since, the wound is itchy sometimes to avoid your dog scratching the wound, make her wear an e-collar or cone so that she does not lick or scratches the wound. It is a common myth that a dog’s saliva is helpful in healing the wounds. The later can cause a stitch to pull or generate a new infection. Reward your dog whenever she shows interest to wear the cone. Your dog will be used to it gradually. Provide her with dog puzzles or other chewable toys to play with. 

Your pet may show loss of appetite at the start but later after 24-48 hours returning back to normal is accepted. In addition, do not clean the wound with any chemical which will delay the healing process. Try to keep her at home.

Can my dog take a bath after spay incision?


Do not bathe your dog until and unless the stitches are broken open by the vet. It is strictly advised by the veterinarians not to apply any ointment or cream on the crusty side. The stitches should not be exposed to water until and unless your veterinarian allows. It is normally recommended to bathe your pet after around 10 days of surgery. Giving a bath before can cause the incision to reopen.

What late problems my dog can face after the spay incision?


A spayed dog has a lower metabolic rate than other female dogs do. You have to change your dog’s feeding habits after the surgery. If you continue to feed with the same number of calories, your pet will be overweight. Some dogs develop urinary incontinence issues later which results because of the dropping down of progesterone level in the body.

When to call the vet?


You should immediately rush towards the vet if anything from the following happens:


  • If loss of appetite continues for a long period of time.
  • If your dog is not able to stand even after 48 hours of spay incision.
  • If redness increases drastically.
  • If there is pus or any type of discharge oozing from the site.
  • If your dog feels lethargic even after 48 hours.
  • If the wound reopens due to any reason.
  • If the wound smells repugnant.
  • If you observe a big lump on the site


When will my dog enter her normal life after spay incision? 


 It is very difficult to say, this solely depends on the type of surgery. However, a dog spay incision normally takes a few days to start up their routine activities. 




Dog spay incision is a surgical process in which your dog’s reproductive tract, ovaries, and the uterus are removed from the body. Once your dog is done with the incision, it is strictly recommended to supervise your dog for at least ten days. Use an E-collar to avoid your dog licking the wound which can cause infection. Do not let her involve in aggressive activities which will lead to reopen the wound and hence will be very painful for both. After a few hours of the incision, there might be some redness or your dog will be dull and sad this is normal which will go by time. However, if you notice discharge dripping from the site or a continuous smell quickly rush to the vet.

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