My sissies Woody and Bambi were still feeling woozy when these pictures were taken a day after the Animal Doctor removed their ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus through a surgical procedure called ovariohysterectomy, a.k.a spaying.
Just like me, Woody and Bambi used to be unwanted animals. When the Secretary rescued and eventually adopted us, she vowed that our offspring will never suffer the same fate. And by that, she meant we will never have puppies of our own. Sad, but true, the Secretary does not have very much money and will probably miss more than just her lunch with more of us to take care of.
A word from the Animal Doctor: Spaying, just like any other major procedure, has various risks. The animal could bleed uncontrollably during the operation, not wake up from the anesthesia, or suffer an infection on the incision wound. In addition, potential health problems have been associated with spaying and neutering such as "increased risk of prostatic cancer in males; increased risks of bone cancer and hip dysplasia in large-breed dogs associated with sterilization before maturity; and increased incidences of obesity, diabetes, urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence, and hypothyroidism"
Although we strongly support spaying and neutering pet animals as an effective means to prevent unplanned litters, diseases such as pyometra and other forms of cancers , and modify certain behavioral problems, we agree with the AVMA that the decision to have your pets undergo such procedure "requires the application of science and professional judgment to ensure the best outcome for veterinary patients and their owners".
The Secretary and I have discussed the pros and cons of spaying, and decided that under the circumstances, it is a must for our rescued pets.
Woody's incision wound
The Secretary thought Betadine it would make Woody's wound heal faster, so she applied, umm, poured Betadine over it. That's how things started to turn bad, the Secretary almost had a breakdown. For some reason, Betadine dissolved the stitches and penetrated Woody's muscles causing an allergic reaction. The Animal Doctor had to restitch Woody, but it did not work because Woody's abdominal muscles were all sore. The Animal Doctor had to bring Woody all the way to Las Pinas to his friend-mentor, Dra. Perlie who took over repairing Woody.
After a week, Bambi and Woody were all healed!