Q. Well the area where she got spayed is open a bit and just concerned it could get worse or i don’t know if it’s supposed to be like that

Sat, Jul 22, 2023

The area she got spayed is kind of open a bit and just concerned that’s not what it’s supposed to look like

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Hello! I understand your concern about your dog's spay surgery site. Let's address this step by step.

First, it's essential to know that spaying is a surgical procedure performed to remove the ovaries and uterus in female dogs, preventing them from becoming pregnant and reducing the risk of certain diseases. At one month old, your puppy is quite young to undergo this surgery, but it's not uncommon for some shelters or breeders to perform early-age spaying or neutering.

The fact that the area where she got spayed is open and not completely closed is something that needs attention. After spaying surgery, it's typical for the veterinarian to suture the incision site to promote proper healing and prevent infection. If the incision site is open, it could potentially lead to complications.

The causes of the incision being open could be due to various reasons. It might be that the sutures weren't strong enough to hold the wound closed, or your dog may have been excessively licking or scratching the area, disrupting the healing process. Additionally, there could be an underlying issue like infection or inflammation that is interfering with the healing.

Now, let's talk about what you can do at home before taking your pet back to the hospital. It's crucial to keep the area clean and dry. Avoid letting your dog lick or scratch the wound, as this can worsen the situation. You might consider using an Elizabethan collar (E-collar or cone) to prevent her from reaching the incision site.

Inspect the incision site regularly for any signs of redness, swelling, discharge, or foul odor, as these can be indications of infection. If you notice any of these signs or if the area doesn't seem to be improving, it's best to take her to the hospital immediately.

Regarding the timing, one month after surgery, the incision should ideally be well on its way to healing. Since it's still open, it's better not to wait for things to get worse. Taking your dog back to the hospital for a re-evaluation is the best course of action.

At the hospital, the veterinarian will examine the wound closely and determine the appropriate treatment. They might need to clean the area, remove any damaged sutures, and re-suture the wound if necessary. In some cases, they may prescribe antibiotics if an infection is present or recommend additional measures to support healing.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.