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Date:   06 December, 2009  
Focus: Small animals - dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pig & rabbits.

Toa Payoh Vets Clinical Research
Making veterinary surgery alive
to a veterinary student studying in Australia
using real case studies and pictures

Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
First written: Dec 6, 2009.

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Hi Dr. Sing,

This is (Owner's Name). I have brought my toy poodle, XXX, to see you last month for her leg sprain, if you still remember. She has since recovered and is walking normally, thank you.

I would like to make an appointment for my dog to be spayed and have 2 of her puppy tooth to be removed at the same time (2 have since dropped on their own), since she has to be under general anaesthetic for these procedures respectively. My thought is that she need not go through general anaesthetic twice if done together.

She is currently coming to 9 months, weights around 4.3kg, has not have her first heat yet, and is not on heat at the moment. I hope to seek your advice on the following:

1. What is the main difference spaying her now at 9 months, before her first heat, compared to 3 months after the first heat? any major downside if I wish to spay her now?
SPAYING BEFORE HEAT AT 9 MONTHS OF AGE - The female dog is no longer a puppy. There is no problem in spaying if she is healthy. I recommend spaying 3 months after the first heat is to ensure that the surgery is much less bloody as the uterine, ovarian and omental blood vessels are not enlarged at this time. Therefore they are not so fragile when clamped and ligated. Most likely, your poodle may have her first heat with little vaginal bleeding, from 6-9 months, but you did not know. You could observe a period of her cleaning her private parts for a week and that would be her first heat.

9 2. What are the things to observe with regards to food intake before her surgery?

NO FOOD AND WATER AFTER 10 PM the night before the surgery.

3. How long is the procedure and how soon can I pick her up from the clinic after the surgery?

ANAESTHESIA AND SURGERY TAKE AROUND 30 MINUTES normally. ou can pick her up in the evening around 7-10pm during weekdays.

4. After surgery, any medications or special diet required? ANTIBIOTICS AND PAIN-KILLERS ARE GIVEN. NO SPECIAL DIET normally. Do i need to cage her to restrict or minimise her movement?


5. How big/long is the incision usually?


6. What is the cost for spaying and removal of 2 puppy teeth?

COST FOR SPAY IS ESTIMATED AT $200 (<5kg) excluding medication. PUPPY TEETH REMOVAL + ANAESTHESIA estimated to be around $100.

Thank you for your time, Dr Sing.

The above author is building an excellent client-veterinary relationship and that is in the interest of her dog. There is a small percentage of abusive owners.

Although the "customer is king" and vets may need their service, I have to be firm and tell abusive clients not to come back. An abusive relationship is never in the interest of the pet and upset all veterinary staff too. Abusive demands and shouting are very stressful for the staff. A veterinary visit should be filled with smiles. 

Pictures of retained puppy canine teeth. The 1-year-old poodle is not the one mentioned in this e-mail. The lady owner built an excellent relationship with the vet and therefore it was a pleasure to handle her puppy and take pictures. The husband helped to lift up the lips for me to take picture while the wife holds the "baby". Everybody had fun. 
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