De-sexing is probably the most common surgical procedure done at Brudine. It is usually done around the six month age mark and, besides the obvious impact to breeding, there are several other preventative benefits.
For females, de-sexing (or speying) prevents pyrometra (infection of the uterus) and reduces the chances of breast cancer. For males, castration helps prevent testicular cancer and some prostate problems.
The procedure is a classic day surgery - admission first thing in the morning, testing, waiting, pre-op, surgery, post-op, recovery and discharge in the afternoon.
We'll never know what they think during it all, or even if they notice anything missing. Many dogs, though, seem to just take it in their stride and, at the end of the day, walk out happy with their owners.
Daisie acted like nothing happened at all!