Canine Ovariohysterectomy

A spay, known in veterinary parlance as Ovariohysterectomy, is a surgical procedure during which a female's ovaries and uterus are removed performed under general anesthesia. Spaying your dog has many health and behavioral benefits such as a decreased risk of cancers and the urge to run away to find a mate.

Spaying your pet will also eliminate the possibility of Pyometra, a life-threatening infection in the uterus. This condition often requires an emergency spay. The risk of anesthesia is increased, as the pet is often critically ill. The uterus is often enlarged to up to 10 times the normal size. The patient may also require a follow-up visit with a full-service clinic or emergency veterinarian as the infection can make the patient have renal disease or be toxic. 

Dogs must be at least 12 weeks of age and at least 3 pounds.

We do not offer spay services to dogs with a history of heart murmur or seizures. We don’t have the proper medications to treat seizures, and anesthesia can cause seizures. Likewise, we don’t have the proper monitoring for heart murmurs during spays.  

When spaying your dog, we always recommend running blood work prior to the anesthesia. We'll recommend placing an IV with IV fluids. For some dogs the IV with IV fluids is required. 

We'll ask that we can examine your pet for an umbilical hernia and deciduous baby teeth while they are under anesthesia. We'll ask for pre-approval to treat as needed for an additional charge. If we find either while your pet is under anesthesia, we cannot stop the procedure to call you for approval as that would increase their risk under anesthesia. 

 If you think your pet will lick, we'll recommend an e-collar. Canine spays include anti-inflammatory pain medication. Additional pain medication can be requested for sedation for an additional cost.

There would be an additional cost if she is in heat or pregnant at the time of the procedure. The doctor may decline surgery if she is too far along or require an IV catheter with IV fluids. Spaying while in estrus(heat) can increase the risk of bleeding and may increase the patients time under anesthesia and does increase the risk. This may require an elongated incision. If your dog is over 80 pounds or is a Husky of any size, please call to reschedule if you see signs of heat.

Doberman Pinschers

Dr. Kopecko does not offer spays for Dobermans. Dr. Daines will spay and neuter Dobermans, but will require we run a COAG Blood Panel Prior to surgery. 

Great Danes

Your veterinarian may recommend Gastropexy for your Great Dane. This is a surgical procedure performed in order to prevent Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV), commonly called torsion or bloat. GDV is a life-threatening condition where the stomach flips or twists, trapping air and gases in the stomach. It is usually done at the time of spay or neuter. Spay & Neuter of SLC does not offer Gastropexy. We can still spay your Great Danes without Gastropexy. 

Pugs and French Bull Dogs 

Brachycephalic breeds, especially Pugs & French Bulldogs, have a higher risk of complication with surgery including anesthetic death, we recommend TLC Pet Care in Ogden. We can still perform surgery here. However, we may have you sign a high-risk waiver. It is also recommended to have them get full mouth x-rays while under anesthesia, and we do not offer that here. For Pugs or French Bulldogs, we'll require an IV catheter be placed, and that we run IV fluids for an additional cost.

Canine Spay Prices

         Under 25lbs……… $125.00

        25.1-50lbs................ $135.00

        50.1 - 75lbs..............$145.00

        75.1 - 100lbs.............$155.00 

        100.1 - 125lbs..........$175.00 

        125.1 - 140.0lbs….. $195.00

 In heat up to 50 lbs - Up to $30 additional

 In heat 50.1-80 lbs - Up to $50 additional

Pregnant +$15.00-$150.00 additional. Surgery is up to the Doctor-depending on how advanced the pregnancy is and IV catheter with IV fluids may be required. 

For spays over 80# or Huskies, please schedule or reschedule at least four weeks out of last heat or pregnancy symptoms.

Canine Spay Aftercare

We want to see your pet back here if you have any concerns with the surgery. There is no charge for the recheck appointment as long as the aftercare instructions are followed. Please call or text the front desk at (801)262-6414 to schedule a recheck with us. Charges may be applied for any additional treatments, surgeries, and medication. We offer rechecks Monday- Saturday from 10am-2pm by appointment. Spay & Neuter cannot be responsible or liable for any costs incurred for the care and/or treatment provided by another hospital. 

Your dog will have undergone anesthesia. Drowsiness and incoordination can be expected for up to 24 hours, keep her away from stairs and/or anything she can fall off of. 
Limit food and water intake that night. Feed a small meal, about a quarter to half the size of their normal meal that evening.  Resume normal feeding the next day. Some pets will eat the first night, others may not eat for 24-48 hours. Please call us if there has been no/poor appetite for more than 48 hours.  If vomiting occurs the night of surgery take all food and water away. They are still at risk of aspiration. Do not force food or water, and if vomiting occurs for more than 12 hours, or there is excessive vomiting (more than 4 times in a 12-hour period) call us for a recheck.  
If you notice a bandage on your dog, it can be removed when you arrive at home. Unless you are told otherwise. 
Your pet will not be able to regulate their body temperature for 3 days. We also need to limit exposure to their incision. Please keep them indoors for 10-14 days. Also, make sure the temperature inside is not too hot or cold, 70-75 degrees is best.  
To best allow the incision to heal on its own, there should be no bathing or grooming, getting wet, jumping or aggressive playing/activity for 10-14 days. Do not allow your pet to lick, scratch, or chew at the incision. Please do not try to clean it or treat it with any liquids, creams or ointments. Do not apply any bandages to the incision. Do not allow your pet to wear any tight clothing that could rub or touch the incision unless told otherwise. Limit interaction with other pets. Do not allow rough housing. Do not allow other pets to lick their incision. Pets may still have the drive to mate for up to 30 days after sterilization. Do not allow them to try to breed as this can cause injury or even death. 
Check the incision daily for redness, swelling, discharge and pain.  Do not try to examine the incision by spreading apart or pulling apart the skin. The abdominal incision may have a small amount of swelling. Swelling about the size of your index finger is normal. The swelling should be firm, but non painful. It should decrease in size in about 4-6 weeks. Full resolution of the swelling in that area can take up to 4 months, as the internal sutures take that long to dissolve. Continue to monitor the incisional areas for 2 months to make sure it has healed completely. Unless you have been told otherwise, all sutures are internal and removal is not necessary. Female dogs usually do not lick at the incision, but if you think she will lick, get an e-collar or place a loose fitting t-shirt on her so she cannot access the incision. If she is licking the incision, the e-collar should be left on for 10 to 14 days. Please monitor that she is not manipulating the cone in order to lick, scratch, or chew at the incision. 
To avoid injury while picking up, support them from their chest and rear end. Do not allow their legs to hang when picking them up. Do not pick them up under their belly. 
Signs of a post-surgical emergency include but are not limited to white mucous membranes (gums), excessive bleeding from surgical site, severe depression/unconsciousness, uncontrollable vomiting, seizures, difficulty breathing/harsh respiration (breathing). If any of these symptoms are occurring, please take your pet to the nearest emergency hospital immediately. 


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