Things to consider when Spaying or Neutering your Weimaraner…


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Where to go for the procedure is as important as any part of the decision. We suggest those of you who have invested so much in your beloved Weimaraner take care in your choice of facility.  If you are considering taking them to a spay or neuter clinic you might want to rethink doing that. There are reasons for the reduced cost to pet owners ($40 or $50 or thereabouts) for spays. There is a reason they can afford to do the procedure for less. You may want to ask your Vet if they follow the following procedures. (To reduce costs most clinics do not do these things.)

  • Using reversible gas anesthesia is more expensive, but it’s safer.
  • Sterilizing instruments after every use is more expensive and time-consuming, but it’s safer.
  • Scrubbing up between procedures takes longer, but it’s safer.
  • A heart monitor costs more, but it’s safer.
  • Closing the incision with layers of sutures takes longer, but it’s safer.
  • Laser surgery costs more but takes less time and reduces post-surgical discomfort.

We do not fault these clinics for cutting corners, but there are added risks. For the pet owner who needs a low price it might be an OK choice. For most of us that are reading this blog it is unthinkable.

We here at OwyheeStar also caution owners about the use of Rimadyl. Despite Veterinarians touting its safety we have read too many posts and had a negative experience of our own. When there is another choice for an anti-inflammatory we suggest you make that selection. If not, then short term use of Rimadyl would be the best option. Most Vets use Rimadyl exclusively–or so it seems.

The biggest obstacle you will face is keeping your Weimaraner quiet. They send them home with you and at first they are sleepy. Soon they are awake and turning them lose might not work well.  You may need to crate them and then walk them on the leash. Most offices use disposable sutures and we are not sure how long those sutures take to mend tissue. You would not want them to tear out the stitches. Keeping them from tearing around would be a wise decision.

In our experience, they bounce back very quickly and within two to three days they want to be out running as fast as the wind. This is far too early and turning them into your backyard might prove the undoing of the sutures. Please discuss this with your Veterinary and get a timeline for going back to the normal romping sessions. To us this seems to be the biggest issue facing most Weim owners.

In a very small percentage of dogs complications can result. It is like any surgery. Discuss these risks with your Veterinary. In all honesty they are best equipped to discuss the potential risks and issues. They want to avoid any complication because this reflects badly on their practice.

Unless you are a breeder, it is less expensive, less bother, and healthier to have your Weimaraner spayed or neutered. The benefits far out weigh the potential risks.

Here are some links that might interest you:

The push to spay or neuter your pet is driven by shelter and rescue causes. There is no doubt they push their agenda. Regardless, there is good reason for the agenda. In all honesty, if we were not breeding we would spay and neuter our pets. In fact, we intended not to breed Diva. Diva gives us the true client experience. We can raise others like her but she is not subject to cycles. She is a ready hunting companion for Cliff. She can go out and work with intact males and females and doesn’t have the risk factors. There are many benefits to not having to deal with intact dogs.

May your weim live a long and happy life….

~Shela and Cliff

Note: If you are part of the extended OwyheeStar family or on our waiting list, then please feel free to share your questions, comments, pointers, insights, experiences, and valued tips. Please keep in mind that all of our information is based from our experience and is our personal opinion.  Information found within this blog and on our website is not meant to replace that of your personal Veterinary. We are not licensed Veterinarians or licensed Vet Techs. We do not give treatment advice, diagnose illness, or consider ourselves the final authority on Veterinary medicine.

About OwyheeStar

We are Professional Weimaraner breeders--with forty years experience at raising puppies. For many years, we have focused exclusively on the Weimaraner! If you are considering the Weimaraner, or live with one, we welcome you to sign up to our blog. We sincerely hope you will find the information, the stories, and varied posts insightful (as well as entertaining). To those who live with an OwyheeStar Weimaraner, we send special thanks. We appreciate the photos, the news, and your friendship. Thank you for being a part of the extended OwyheeStar family.

Posted on September 24, 2009, in General Health, Spaying and Neutering. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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