lazer or traditional surgery for dog spaying??
(Nanaimo BC (Canada))
Hi it's me again with a question about spaying.Angel is getting ready for her spaying as she 5+ months now. My question is..is it better to have lazer or traditional surgery for spaying? For an extra $25 I can opt for lazer. What is your advice and does it speed up recovery time?
Also is it necessary for all dogs to have Medicam for pain afterwards or is each spay different? I also read that a lot of dogs leak urine after being spayed... never connected it before to my last dog but she did leak most her life and I wonder now if the two were connected. If so is there anything available to tighten up those muscles to help with this should it happen? Thank-you so much for your advice.
I just love this site knowing I will get an answer relating to my specific question.We thank you in advance...Judy and Angel..
Angel is looking beautiful... getting to be a big girl :)
I'm not a veterinarian so I'd really advise you to discuss your concerns about spaying with him/her... I'm going to share what I know - but it's not professional advice or knowledge!
As far as I'm aware the laser surgery is less invasive, causes less tissue damage and does speed recovery. However all this applies to surgeries in general and not specifically to the spay surgery so you'll need to double-check with your vet about that. I've never had that option available to use with my dogs but it's probably one that I would seriously consider if it were.
The pain meds are generally pretty standard procedure after any type of surgery, but all dogs are different and Angel may, or may not, need them. Generally the vet will inject a fair amount of localized pain killers to help with the immediate post-op period, and will make sure she's had some orally before she leaves. An overnight stay is normal and by the time she comes home the next day she will be feeling much better.
Rottweilers tend to have a very high tolerance for pain and there are pros and cons to that. She may feel less uncomfortable than a dog of another breed which is good.... but the fact that she can push through the pain may mean that she overdoes things a bit. The pain meds may also mean that happens but their sedative effect counteracts it a bit. What I do is get the pain pills and use them for the first day or so after the dog is home, then kind of 'wing it' after that depending on the dog. You know Angel best so use your instincts too.
As for the leaking, yes it can happen. In most dogs it doesn't, but there is a risk. Generally even if there is a degree of incontinence it only lasts a few days and as she heals it would improve and eventually subside altogether. But in a small proportion of dogs it can remain a long-term issue. If this happens as a result of the surgery as far as I know there's really not a lot that can be done to improve things. I've never experienced it with my dogs so I don't have any advice on that, but again I'd discuss it with your vet fully so you know everything beforehand.
I hope this helps some :) Don't worry about asking your vet a million questions, it's better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. Best of luck, hope it all goes smoothly.