Routine Bitch Spay Op

Izzy is an English Springer Spaniel that came in to be neutered when she was just over a year old. For this procedure she required a General Anaesthetic and was in the hospital throughout the day. There are many reasons to do this procedure and the main ones are listed here. Below the images take you through what happens in the hospital but please note that some of the images of the operation are quite graphic! Not every detail of the operation is shown - these images are only to give an indication of some of the procedures involved.

Izzy is examined by the Veterinary Surgeon on being admitted to the hospital to make sure she was in good health and that the risk with the General Anaesthetic was minimal.

An intravenous catheter is placed in the vein in her leg. This gives us rapid access to Izzy's circulation during the procedure and helps make it as safe an anaesthetic as possible. Izzy is then given a premedication injection. This includes sedative drugs to make her sleepy as well as two different types of painkillers.

Izzy is then given an induction agent to start her General anaesthetic. An Endotracheal tube is placed to provide oxygen and anaesthetic gas to her lungs. She is then monitored closely throught the General Anaesthetic and adjustments are made to keep her anaesthetic as safe as possible. This is done by our Registered Veterinary Nurses. Izzy then has the surgical site clipped in the Prep Area.

The surgical site is then cleaned using Surgical Scrub and cotton wool until it is as sterile as possible. Izzy is then moved to the Surgical Theatre whilst the Veterinary Surgeon scrubs and gets ready for the operation.

From the moment the site is sprayed with surgical spirit only sterile equipment is used in the area. This is the site ready for surgery. In Ovariohysterectomy (spay) the incision is made in the midline of the abdomen so Izzy is lying on her back for the surgery.

The first incision is made in the skin. Further incisions go through the fat layer and finally the muscle layer into the abdominal space.

The uterus is then found and the first ovary has clamps placed above it.

The ovary has a good blood supply so these blood vessels are tied off with surgical suture material. Both ovaries are then removed from the abdomen. Finally the whole uterus is exteriorised and blood vessels are tied off at the cervix as shown here. All surgeries involve a little blood and swabs are used to help keep the area clear.

The wound is then closed. The muscle layer is closed with individual sutures to provide maximum strength across the wound. The fat layer is then closed as well.

The skin is then closed with sutures that do not show and dissolve themselves.

After surgery the area is cleaned.

Izzy is then brought round slowly from the anaesthetic.

Once she is awake enough to swallow she is put in a warm kennel to recover. Routinely after surgery like this animals will go home the same evening however they are monitored throughout the afternoon. Izzy went home later that day.

This is Izzy at her post-operative check. We do these routinely 2-3 days after the surgery and these are covered in the costs. Izzy was bright and happy and back to normal! She even wagged her tail when coming in for her check.