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Date:   14 March, 2010  

Focus: Small animals - dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pig & rabbits.

Toa Payoh Vets Clinical Research
Making veterinary surgery alive
to a veterinary student studying in Australia
using real case studies and pictures

Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
First written: May 27, 2008. Update: 14 March, 2010  

"My vet does not spay big dogs," the young couple said. "So I was asked to see you."
Big dogs take longer to spay. Big dogs with some fat as in this case may be much more difficult to spay if the vet uses hook and a small incision.

Personally, I do not look forward to spaying big fat dogs too. The spay hook gets obstructed and one gets omental fat coming out of the spay incision so many times.

In this case, the dog has a skin disease, with hair loss from back to past the chest. Now, if the vet has not informed the owner of this finding, the worsening of the skin condition some weeks after spay, leading to a "botak" (bald) dog might be attributed to the vet having spayed the dog or not informing the owner.

Young Labrador X. Female.Bilateral alopecia and spay. Toa Payoh Vets.

Xylazine sedation IM and isoflurane gas anaesthesia
for the spay was uneventful

I advised treatment of the skin disease first. But the dog was already at the 4th month after the ending of heat in January 2008. This would be the appropriate time for spaying without too much bleeding happening during the operation.

The owners would need to wait another 4 months for the next spay and for the treatment of the skin disease.

"I will not be able to manage when she comes on heat in 2 months' time," the lady said she would be in later stages of pregnancy herself. Cleaning up the blood stains dripping over the floor for at least 2 weeks during the dog's estrus can be quite exhausting for anybody.

The dog was spayed and the gentle couple would need to follow up and monitor the skin disease.

Vets need to examine and let the owners know about pre-existing skin conditions before spaying the dog so as to build positive relationships and avoid misunderstanding as the treatment of skin diseases add to the veterinary costs.

Some of Dr Sing's interesting female dog spay
cases are recorded below

Small skin incision if a spay hook is used to sterilise the bitch. Toa Payoh Vets

Best time to spay your female dog: 3-4 months after her heat. Toa Payoh Vets

Spay complications: An MRT-line spay

Jack Russell spay pictures

The best time to spay your female dog

Skin incision length using spay hook to spay a mini-Schnauzer.

Undescended left testicle is a Sertoli tumour. 8 year old Jack Russell. Toa Payoh Vets

Dr Sing's recommendations on spay and neuter of the dog

Pyometra in aged female dogs

Update 2004 educational article - Sterilisation of dogs

Pyometra Lhasa Apso 4 years, Toa Payoh Vets

Morning sunlight 10 am. Bougainvillea flowers close up. Singapore. Toa Payoh Vets.

Some owners can understand the need to wait 2 months after the heat to spay the bitch. Toa Payoh Vets

Update: Closed pyometra Lhasa Apso puts on weight after spaying Stump pyometra Siberian Husky spayed
at 3 months after heat was bloodless
Poodle, No vaginal bleeding from month 6-8. Spayed at 9th month. On heat. Toa Payoh Vets
Dr Sing's script for the production of an educational video on closed pyometra operated by Dr Sing Dr Sing's attempt at production of video:
Closed Pyometra surgery educational video for vet undergraduates
Skin bruises in a spayed dog
spay pomX, prevent blood staining house, Young Labrador X. Female.Bilateral alopecia and spay. Toa Payoh Vets.
A blood-less spay when done 2 months after heat Spay dog before heat. Dog was spayed to prevent soiling of house during heat bleeding Bilateral alopecia before dog spay - inform owner first
Be Kind To Pets
Veterinary Education
Project 2010-0129
For more canine cases at Toa Payoh Vets, Click Dogs

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