Spaying is a common procedure that many dogs in homes or shelters will undergo. It prevents unwanted puppies, prevents them from going into heat, and can even extend their lifespan.
But as with all surgeries, it comes with its share of potential complications. While the benefits far outweigh the risks, you should be aware of these potential issues. Here are 5 of those possible complications:
1. Breaking Sutures
For the most part, it would be difficult for a dog to break their internal sutures used to seal the incision. Doing so would increase infection risk, as well as potentially lead to many other issues.
Typically, hernias appear like protruding lumps around the area of the incision. Some are just made of fat and are therefore not harmful, but others can occur because of organs that are slipping past the wall of the abdomen. This requires surgery to fix.
Much of the muscle of a dog’s sphincter is controlled by their production of the hormone estrogen. Reducing the amount of this hormone could lead to lack of bladder control, especially in bigger dogs.
Infections will be reddish, ooze pus or blood, and feel hot to the touch around the site of the incision.
This blister or lump will appear near the site of incision, often filled with fluid (or pus in the event of an abscess). Seromas usually heal on their own, but an abscess requires medical attention.
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