Questions To Ask Before Spaying Your Teacup Dog

Posted on: 15 September 2016

Though the term 'teacup' is not officially recognized, it is used as the name for dogs that are smaller than the average from the typical dog in their breed. If you are the owner of a dog that is a teacup size, this could mean a dog that is only a few pounds. A teacup puppy could be the runt of the litter or it could be a dog that was breed to be small. No matter the reason, taking care of your animal will require special care. Here are some questions to ask if you are attempting to get a teacup puppy spayed. 

Is surgery ok for your dog?

If your dog is quite small, you may be concerned about her going through surgery. Spaying for a female dog means ovary removal, which means that your dog will need surgery. This includes anesthesia for most dogs. For average size pets with more body weight, this means that they may be safer with anesthesia medicine. For a teacup dog, going under can be worrying. Talk to your vet to make sure that your pet is able to take anesthesia. 

Are their genitals developed enough? 

Before a female dog is spayed, her genitalia should be properly developed. Before considering spaying, have your vet look over your dog and tell you if the vagina is already properly developed. Once spaying happens, any more genital development is halted, so you want to be sure that your dog's female development is properly completed, so that she does not experience further issues later in life. If your dog's vagina is fully developed, she may be better prepared for surgery. 

How long is the recovery?

With a smaller dog, it is likely that she will need a closer eye on her during recovery. This means that your dog may need to remain at the vet's office overnight. When your dog is released to go home, you may also need to take time off to make sure that she is ok and comfortable. Be sure to ask the vet how long the recovery may be for your small dog and what it will look like. She may need to take pain medicine each day and be monitored for discomfort. If you want to know how long you will need to spend monitoring your dog for any issues, be sure to get a check-up for your dog and get professional advice from your vet.

For more information about spaying and neutering, speak with your vet.