To provide the highest quality care for your pet, the staff at Rush Animal Care Clinic feel that you should be fully informed about the procedure, risks, and benefits involved with an ovariohysterectomy. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have concerning today’s procedure.
- Prior to surgery, your pet will receive an injection that is both a sedative and analgesic.
- The surgical procedure involves the removal of each ovary and a majority of the uterine tissue. Dissolving sutures are placed into the muscle and tissue under the skin. Surgical glue is used to close the incision.
- Your pet is allowed to rest, and her vitals are closely monitored. She will be discharged when she is able to walk without assistance.
Possible Complications and Side Effects:
- Anesthetic complications, such as prolonged recovery, vomiting, diarrhea, drop in or loss of appetite, organ impairment or dysfunction, death
- Delayed wound healing
- Suture abscesses
- Wound infection
- Self-inflicted trauma to the wound
- Hemorrhage (caused by ruptured vessels)
- Infection of the remaining uterine stump
- Urinary incontinence
- Weight gain (a change in metabolism may occur due to the absence of circulating hormones)
- Elimination of worry and cleaning involved with a female in heat.
- If performed before 2 years of age, reduction in the chance of mammary tumors.
- Reduction in possibility of uterine infections.
Following the surgical procedure, we will do a laser treatment on the incision. This is a non-surgical treatment applied to the surgical area. It helps reduce inflammation, thus shortening healing time and reducing post-operative discomfort. The treatment causes no discomfort to your pet. Often this will allow us to reduce pain medication.