does not spay big dogs," the young couple said. "So I was
asked to see you."
Big dogs take longer to spay. Big dogs with some fat as in
this case may be much more difficult to spay if the vet uses
hook and a small incision.
Personally, I do not look forward to spaying big fat dogs
too. The spay hook gets obstructed and one gets omental fat
coming out of the spay incision so many times.
In this case, the dog has a skin disease, with hair loss
from back to past the chest. Now, if the vet has not
informed the owner of this finding, the worsening of the
skin condition some weeks after spay, leading to a "botak"
(bald) dog might be attributed to the vet having spayed the
dog or not informing the owner.
Xylazine sedation IM and isoflurane gas anaesthesia
for the spay was uneventful
I advised treatment of the skin disease first. But the dog
was already at the 4th month after the ending of heat in
January 2008. This would be the appropriate time for spaying
without too much bleeding happening during the operation.
The owners would need to wait another 4 months for the next
spay and for the treatment of the skin disease.
"I will not be able to manage when she comes on heat in 2
months' time," the lady said she would be in later stages of
pregnancy herself. Cleaning up the blood stains dripping
over the floor for at least 2 weeks during the dog's estrus
can be quite exhausting for anybody.
The dog was spayed and the gentle couple would need to
follow up and monitor the skin disease.
Vets need to examine and let the owners know about
pre-existing skin conditions before spaying the dog so as to
build positive relationships and avoid misunderstanding as
the treatment of skin diseases add to the veterinary costs.