Ovariohysterectomy (OHE), commonly know as a "spay" is a surgical procedure meant to render it impossible for a female dog or cat to reproduce. In veterinary medicine this typically involves the removal of the uterus and ovaries. This prevents issues such as infections and cancers of the uterus as well as cysts and cancers of the ovaries. This is different than a hysterectomy, commonly done in women, and involves the removal of the uterus only in order to avoid premature menopause.
The term "neuter" applies to surgically making both females and males incapable of reproducing, with spay the term used for neutering females and castration used for neutering males.
Benefits of the surgery are the advantages mentioned above as well as eliminating pregnancy. In addition, pets undergoing OHE prior to their second heat have a drastic decrease in the incidence of mammary gland tumors.
It should also be noted that a small percentage of dogs undergoing OHE may develop urinary incontinence that is managed with an effective and safe oral medication called Proin.
Your pet will require a current exam (within a year of the procedure and may need pre-operative blood testing (required in dogs over 3 years of age and optional for younger dogs). They also need to be current on Canine Distemper and Rabies vaccines (dogs) and Feline Distemper and Rabies vaccines (cats). Your pet will be dropped off in the morning between 8 and 8:30 AM so that we can meet with you and discuss the procedure. Surgery is done in the morning with your pet released in the afternoon after complete recovery. Pain relieving medication will be administered during the procedure and dispensed for you to administer at home.
Your pet will have an intravenous (IV) catheter placed with IV fluids administered during the procedure.
Your pet will be monitored by a trained assistant as well as monitoring using an Electrocardiogram unit and a pulse oximeter (monitors oxygen levels)
Your pet will receive Isoflurane inhalation anesthesia. This is a very safe and easily adjusted anesthetic agent that allows rapid adjustment of anesthetic depth and rapid recovery.
Your pet will have its body temperature controlled with a Baer warm air body heating unit.
Ovariohysterectomy Estimated Fees (dogs)
The following fees represent fees for dogs under 1 year of age. Contact the office to receive an estimate if your pet is older than a year of age. OHE fees are based also on the size of your pet and this is represented by the ranges listed below. In addition, the fees show two values. One includes lab testing and the other is without. This choice will be asked of you when you arrive for your appointment.
Dog's Weight Fee W/O Lab Testing Fee with Lab Testing
0-25 lbs $318.20 $388.76
26-50 lbs $339.20 $409.76
Greater than 50 lbs $352.20 $422.76
Ovariohysterectomy Estimated Fees (cats)
The following fees represent fees for cats under 1 year of age. Contact the office to receive an estimate if your pet is older than a year of age. As listed for dogs, the fees show two values. One includes lab testing and the other is without. This choice will be asked of you when you arrive for your appointment.
Fee W/O Lab Testing Fee with Lab Testing