Before the procedure takes place, we ask that you, (the owner) read this information carefully as it provides you with knowledge ready for the elected procedure. All surgical procedures undertaken carry associated risks and complications. Although rare, we want you to be fully informed before you proceed.
Please read the following list of complications that can result from this procedure and ask a member of staff if you have any questions or concerns. This list is not exhaustive. We will discharge your pet with a buster collar to be worn at all times which can help reduce the incidence of post-operative complications. Should an accepted complication arise, owners are liable for the costs associated with the complication.
- Anaesthetic death
- Haemorrhage (bleeding) both during and after the procedure
- Wound break down partial or complete
- Wound infection
- Bruising and swelling
- Seroma (pocket of fluid)
- Damage to other internal organs
- Suture site reaction
- Wound breakdown of the uterus (womb)
- We may have to in an emergency situation perform an ovariohysterectomy (spay) if there is damage, necrosis or severe bleeding to the uterus (womb) and this is deemed in the best interest of the animal.
- Death of one or more puppies
- Risk of injury on recovery post-operatively
- Clipper rash or skin reaction to surgical scrub
- The onus is on the owner(s) to provide accurate and reliable mating/insemination dates. Failure to do so could result in the puppies being delivered stillborn, especially if an elective caesarean section is being performed at the owner’s request.
We take precautions to minimise these risks to your dog, however on occasion complications do arise. We do offer post-operative checks at 3 and 10 days post-surgery to monitor your dog’s recovery. Although this will be discussed with you as the bitch/queen will be nursing the puppies/kittens.