Spay and Neuter

Benefits of Spaying/Neutering your pet

  • Spaying prevents accidental pregnancies and reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies
  • Spaying before the first heat can nearly remove the risk of mammary, ovarian and uterine tumors in female dogs.
  • Neutering reduces the risk of testicular cancer, and decreases incidence of prostate disease
  • No heat cycles, therefore males will not be attracted
  • Reduces or eliminates risk of spraying and marking
  • Less desire to roam
  • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives
Paw's Veterinay Clinic - Side Spay

Dr. Tesecum performing a Side Spay


Paw’s Veterinary Clinic offers all spay (Female) and neuter (Male) services. We perform both Side Spays and Conventional Spays

Side Spay
A side or “flank” spay is a surgery that is performed by making the incision in the side body wall instead of the belly midline.  When the side incision is closed, the three separate muscle layers are each individually sutured, so there is less tension on any layer. Because wounds are not under the weight of abdominal contents, there is less tension on the incision. Finally, an incision on the lateral body wall may be less likely to become contaminated by the touching the ground.

Side Spay versus Midline Spay

Side Spay—Advantages:

  • Less suturing required due to ‘self-closing’ nature of wound (muscle splitting rather than cutting).
  • Reduced healing time due to increased blood flow of sutured tissue (muscle).
  • Less wound tension from weight of abdominal contents.
  • Easier to check the wounds post-operatively.
  • Animals can usually be released earlier than following midline approach.

Side Spay—Disadvantages:

  • More traumatic approach in pregnancy or obese patient, as a larger incision is required.
  • It may be difficult to expose the opposite ovary.

Midline Spay—Advantages:P1020301 (Copy)

  • Better exposure.
  • In the event of haemorrhage the incision can easily be extended to locate, clamp and ligate bleeding vessels.
  • In operations requiring a longer incision, such as advanced pregnancy or pyometra, a midline approach may be less traumatic than via flank.

Midline Spay—Disadvantages:

  • Surgical wound is harder to check post-operatively.
  • Risk of catastrophic wound breakdown and herniation following release of patient.
  • Dogs must be kept hospitalised for longer periods, as the healing rate is slower.