Ask the Vet


Welcome to Doggles 'Ask the Vet' Feature

This feature is for general enquiries ONLY.

Submit your question in the box below and a vet will respond to you. If your dog has been in an accident, shows clear signs of distress, or any uncharacteristic behaviour, take your dog to your family vet for a full examination.

Most Recently Answered Question

Q: My Dog Is On Heat!


Q. My dog is on heat & I suspect a male dog may have nailed her. How long after her heat can I get her spayed?

Oh no! This is actually a very frequent question.
The first thing to check is whether she is actually pregnant. After 3 weeks, your veterinarian can palpate the abdomen to try to feel if she is pregnant. There are also other urine/blood tests available as well as imaging for more certainty, but each can only be used at certain times. Your vet will be able to guide you through these options.
If your girl is pregnant and you don’t wish to continue with the pregnancy, she can be spayed. Your veterinarian should be able to cover the increased risks of desexing at that stage. Alternatively, you could choose to continue with the pregnancy and she can be desexed after the puppies have been weaned.
If your girl is not pregnant, we recommend waiting 2 months after the heat before desexing. The reason for this is that this gives time for the changes of the uterus during heat to reverse. During heat, there’s increased blood flow to the uterus and the tissue becomes more fragile, so it has much higher risks of complications. We want to make surgery as safe as possible.
I hope this has been helpful.
Erin Dowler – Veterinarian.

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The Strand
Dr Megan Alderson BVSc

Hello, I'm Megan Alderson and my veterinary clinic, The Strand Veterinarian, is a dream 18 years in the creating.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1992 from Massey University and have spent my career working in veterinary hospitals all over the world.

The Strand

Alex built VetCare in 2004 and is proud of the advances the clinic has made in animal health care, and all the people and pets helped since that time.

He loves all things to do with the ocean from diving, surfing and fishing to sailing, and most other sports including boxing and kickboxing.

Alex and his wife Karla welcomed a little bundle of fun into their family this year, a baby son, Darius.

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