REMEMBER TO FOLLOW WARREN RETRIEVER TIMELINE GUIDELINES FOR SPAY/NEUTER BEFORE ANY PROCEDURE IS PERFORMED
SPAY 8 – 10 MONTHS
NEUTER 10 – 12 MONTHS
INFORM WARREN RETRIEVERS OF YOUR PLANS PRIOR TO PERFORMING SPAY / NEUTER.
Is there a specific spay procedure that you would recommend?
Routine spay is fine, although if labroscopic procedure is available (requires special equipment & experienced surgeon) that may be preferable.
What should I anticipate after the surgery?
Depending on the vet office, some dogs go home the same day and some stay overnight after surgery.
If (s)he comes home that night, expect her/him to be groggy until the next morning.
Most dogs will eat a little dinner & drink normally after surgery.
They should go home on pain meds for several days.
Often dogs will go home with an Elizabethan collar to prevent her from licking the incision and/or pulling sutures out.
They should wear this especially when unsupervised until the sutures are removed/dissolve (typically 10-14 days).
What restrictions will she be on and for how long?
Standard recommendations are no running, jumping, or off-leash activity for 7 days.
They should be crated when not supervised and overnight during this time.
Following these restrictions reduces the risk of post-operative bleeding and other complications.
Is there anything I need to consider when scheduling?
Remember that these are general statements, contact your trainer if you have questions that apply specifically to your DAD.
Make sure to time surgery such that you can adhere to the post-op restrictions, i.e. not right before a vacation, or in the dead of winter if you can’t leash walk the dog in bad weather.
Because their job as a DAD may be affected by the post-op restrictions, it would also be good to schedule surgery for a time when adults will be available to help monitor if the diabetic is a child during the post-op recovery week.