March 6, 2021
We prefer to wait about two weeks after the puppies/kittens are weaned before we spay the mother. The puppies/kittens must be completely weaned (eating solid food on their own, typically around 4-6 weeks of age) and separated from the mother so they aren’t snacking on mom in order for her milk to dry up and the spay to be performed. When the mother comes in for her spay surgery, she will be given a brief physical exam by our vet and our vet will determine whether or not her milk is dried up enough to proceed with the spay surgery. The mammary glands are very near the surgery area and can be easily touched during surgery, which will cause milk to spill over the surgery area if the milk is not dried up enough.
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