What are the chances of dog dying during spay surgery?

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I don’t want my dog to die during the surgery to get her spayed. But what are the chances of that happening? Her surgery is next week, and I don’t know how I could increase her life chance.

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James Pangborn
June 16, 2020 1:23 am

Tomorrow I’m to take my 6-month-old Pomsky to be spayed.
I’m feeling a bit nervous, after reading so many that have lost their lovable babies.
It makes me wonder if the procedure is really absolutely needed.
Any advice would be terrific.

Apiffany Gaither Billings
June 17, 2020 11:25 am
Reply to  James Pangborn

I hope the surgery goes well. It is unfortunate to read the stories of so many lost pets after surgery. Here is an article with information regarding the benefits of spaying and neutering. That being said, it can be a personal choice. Best wishes to you and your dog.

June 8, 2020 1:15 pm

Took one of our babies to be spayed yesterday. The procedure went ok and prior tests were good. When she woke up she was crying and they had to sedate her so she’d stop. After a few minutes her jaw started locking and she pooped blood – they tested her right away for parvo and results came back positive, we lost her a few minutes more.

My sister and mom are crying non-stop since last night, they kept blaming themselves believing the operation cost our dear Barbie her life, and the parvo diagnosis was just doctored. Question, is it possible for a dog to bleed out her rectum post spay op? we still can’t believe it was parvo because before we went to the clinic she was still jumping up and down and lively.

Apiffany Gaither Billings
June 8, 2020 8:56 pm
Reply to  Mak

I am not a veterinarian so I cannot say with complete certainty, but I do know that anesthesia does have an impact on the immune system that lasts for one to several days. Therefore, if she had parvovirus, the anesthesia may have been too much for her body to handle. I am so sorry for your family’s loss.

May 30, 2020 12:22 am

Took our 7-month-old Heeler to be spayed this morning. As they started the procedure they said her heart started crashing. They said they tried to adjust the meds and tried everything but her heart stopped and she died. They were planning to not actually do the procedure because of her heart fluctuating, she died trying to come out of the sedation. We are so sad. She was fine last night. Full of energy, playing… I think it is the anesthesia that the animals cannot take. So Broken Hearted. 🙁

shelly rahm
May 26, 2020 12:43 pm

This just happened to me. My 4 year old Great Dane, Very healthy, active and sweet just died 3 days ago after getting spayed. The vet said she was good to go , blood work and exam came back great. So he did the surgery, kept her longer, then called me before they closed to come get her. I could tell something was wrong, however the vet said it was the anesthesia. She struggled all night and died before we could get her back down there.My kids were hysterical as my husband is trying to CPR and lift and carry dead weight 140lb dog. It was awful…
It is ludicrous because my vet said the surgery had nothing to do with her passing after doing an autopsy. I said obviously it did because you even said she was healthy and strong. So I feel very sad for you Sarah. I know we can’t stop crying in my house. Has anyone else heard of this or had this happen. I am so at a loss.

May 27, 2020 12:13 am
Reply to  shelly rahm

I’m so so sorry this happened to you. Sending you & your family all my love.

May 24, 2020 5:43 am

My beautiful 8 month old Siberian Husky has passed away five days after being desexed I am getting autopsy on her but suspect something to have been from her getting spayed she was fine the night before woke to her dead I’m truly heartbroken

May 22, 2020 9:55 pm

My 7 month old YorkiePoo passed away at home last night after a routine spay surgery. She was so happy and healthy. I am heartbroken! What am I going to do without her?!

Apiffany Gaither Billings
May 23, 2020 11:08 am
Reply to  Christina

I am sorry to hear about your loss. Although I know it won’t bring her back, here is an article that may help with some of your grief.

May 21, 2020 8:09 am

My perfectly healthy, 7-month-old puppy went into cardiac arrest while being spayed twice and died. Why!? I am devastated.

May 22, 2020 9:56 pm
Reply to  Lisa

I am so sorry! Mine passed away last night at home after a routine spay surgery. I am heart broken

May 16, 2020 8:57 pm

I’m getting my two year old male and 6 month old female Yorkies neutered spayed on Thursday. I’m extremely nervous. My male Yorkie needs to have two baby teeth pulled, otherwise I wouldn’t get him neutered. My female has a hernia. I don’t plan on breeding my dogs which is why I’m neutering and spaying them. They are my kids. I’ve been putting this off for a while because I don’t want anything bad to happen. My heart drops every time I think about them having surgery. I’m praying for a nice, fast, easy surgery. Please wish us luck. Also sending love to everyone that lost their babies.

John Jones
May 10, 2020 8:41 pm

We were reading about this new dog we are about to adopt and came across something interesting. While she was being spayed the foster parent told us that on the operation table she had died for a split second. They were able to bring her back but that poor thing that’s traumatizing.

May 2, 2020 11:56 pm

We just took our 6 month old teacup yorkie to get spayed. They called to tell me that she went into cardiac arrest while under anesthesia but were able to bring her back. She then spent 2 days in the ICU where she had multiple seizures and passed away. We are heart broken and devastated

March 10, 2020 1:52 pm

I took my 1 year old Goldendoodle in for neutering on Friday morning. Two hours later the vet called to say he didn’t make it through surgery. My puppy was full of life and lived a very active lifestyle. In one morning it was taken away. I waited until he was 1 year old as instructed by our vet but now I feel like I shouldn’t have ever taken him in at all. In reading the other stories it is obvious that this type of surgery is not handled properly. There are way too many incidents all sounding the same, why is this happening? Are our babies not being monitored properly? Are the vets waiting until there’s a problem? Please help me understand. Please don’t let my baby boy’s life be in vain!

February 13, 2020 10:27 am

We took our healthy 7month old pug in to be neutered yesterday and we received the call from the vet to explain that he made it through the surgery but as he was coming round from the anaesthetic his heart rate dropped and then he passed away. We went to see him as we were so close to the vet we got to kiss and cuddle him but I cannot explain the hurt, guilt and how emotionally numb we feel. Something so routine and a standard surgery on a young fit and healthy dog we just cannot get our head around it

May 31, 2020 5:04 pm
Reply to  Cher

Very sorry to hear about your loss, such a heartbreaking thing to have to go through. As a Veterinarian, no surgery is ever “routine” and there is always a risk as soon as the animal is put under anaesthesia. We face a different kind of challenge than human doctors regarding the extreme difference in the metabolism of drugs in each individual patient. Brachycephalic breeds (such as pugs) pose an extra worry during anaesthesia due to BOAS and usually underlying heart and vascular disease. It is so horrible but unfortunately sometimes unavoidable no matter how hard we try. I am very sorry to hear about what you are going through, but please don’t blame your vet – I can assure you they did the best they could. I lost one of my patients 2 days ago after a surgery and he was doing fine. 2 hours after waking up from surgery he went into cardiac arrest. After attempting resuscitation, he sadly passed away. I am devastated and it’s put a huge toll on me.

Kimberly Alt
February 14, 2020 4:54 pm
Reply to  Cher

I’m so sorry for your loss. You may find comfort in visiting this page, which discusses how to deal with the loss of a pet.

Jodi Paul
January 24, 2020 8:12 am

took my son’s 8 month old puppy in for spay she made it thorough surgery, died 36 hours later. he had named her Christmas Girl. Vet was amazing though, free autopsy and free cremation. Autopsy showed internal bleeding.

May 4, 2020 11:29 am
Reply to  Jodi Paul

I took a rescued 3 yr old female in to be spayed and less than 72 hrs later she was dead.I haven’t yet received an answer on how and why shes dead. I do not believe any vet will ever admit to screwing up, and killing yr pet,there is just to many ways they can make it yr fault or the pets fault.But I know my bby girl was healthy before she went to the vets and now shes dead.

January 14, 2020 12:07 pm

My year old shih poo is at the vet right now for spaying and they just called saying they didn’t feel comfortable performing the surgery because her bloodwork was incredibly elevated and they couldn’t guarantee they wouldn’t have issues. Honestly, it’s making me rethink the entire process of getting her spayed.

January 13, 2020 7:55 pm

well hello my puppy today just dies from getting spayed she dies during surgery and he said that its rare but sometimes they have something wrong with their heart that you really just dont know

January 10, 2020 10:43 am

My healthy 6 month old St. Bernard fur nephew went in for neutering on Tuesday morning and died. They were unable to bring him out of the anesthesia. The vet has offered no reason for this tragedy other than “surgical risks” but has sent him for autopsy at no cost to the family. We are baffled how a perfectly healthy animal succumbs to a routine procedure. We are heartbroken and devastated.

May 4, 2020 11:34 am
Reply to  Laura

have you gotten anything back on why and how yr bby died.I just lost one to spaying on march 24,2020. Im waiting on the autopsy now.

Linda Mosley Castelo
January 20, 2020 5:02 pm
Reply to  Laura

My sons 6 mo old rescue puppy was taken to the vet for neutering..by his original rescue Mom, and she called after taking him to her house, that he passed away. 8 hours later..Did she miss signs…what the heck… My family was advised doing this, over the 3 day weekend was perfect. My son and family are in Mammoth heading home to an empty house. How did this happen?

May 4, 2020 11:35 am

have you gotten anything back on why and how yr bby died.I just lost one to spaying on march 24,2020. Im waiting on the autopsy now.

January 3, 2020 11:47 pm

I’m about to take my dog to get sprayed and I need advice from any of you guys I think that my dog is to small and her body won’t be able to take it please help anyone

February 12, 2020 12:16 am
Reply to  Antonio

If your gut is telling you no.. dont do it… our puppy died hours after we got her spayed.

December 27, 2019 1:58 am

We just took our Husky mix to get spayed today. They called and said surgery was successful at 11am and then again at 5PM to tell me she died. They walked her at 3 and she was fine but the vet said she was “pale”. When they went back to feed at 345 she was gone. I wish I had researched the chances of her dying during spay. Our family is devastated. I wish there was something else we could have done for her. I feel like we dropped her off to be executed. :'( She had just turned 3 years old.

December 30, 2019 8:01 pm
Reply to  Cyndi

why did she pass away afterwards??? i’m so scared. i thought the biggest risk is dying from anesthesia. why would she die afterwards????

May 31, 2020 5:09 pm
Reply to  Vivian

Actually the biggest risk of anaesthesia is the next 4-5 hours post-surgery. As a vet, there are so many complications that can occur and underlying medical issues that we are unable to pick up on. I’m very sorry to hear about your dog Cyndi – it’s awful no matter the circumstances. Unfortunately, I know how quickly it can happen and sometimes unexplainable. A week or so ago we had a gorgeous 1yp border collie in for boarding. Not any treatment, just to stay whilst the owners were away. She was so healthy. Went into cardiac arrest and we couldn’t bring her back. Autopsy didn’t reveal anything unusual. It’s very frustrating and upsetting as a veterinarian to not know what happened.

Alex Castaneda
December 12, 2019 12:36 am

We took our 3 year old palmaranian to get spayed today at our local aspca. She was perfectly fine upon arrival. After we picked her back up about 15 minutes into the car ride my wife realized she was no longer with us. We took her to the nearest vet and they ran an autopsy on her she passed from internal bleeding. Is this a natural cause??

May 28, 2020 8:27 am
Reply to  Alex Castaneda

I’m so sorry for ur pup.I’m guessing she had a good life.

December 11, 2019 8:46 pm

Please read these comments.. I was on the fence about getting my boy fixed. Im so glad I read these, I’m not doing it now. And to all the pet owners out there who have lost their baby.. I love you all, and I’m so sorry for you loss.

Tom Kasper
December 5, 2019 10:30 am

We are here today, wondering if we did the wrong thing by having our beagle puppy spayed. Our vet clinic told us that this was the optimum time since our puppy was over 4 months old. She is the most beautiful and loving dog we ever had and when we went to get her, we found out she died after the surgery. We are totally heart broken and we will be burying her later today. I will never again put another dog through this surgery as we just wanted things better for her. Here name is Sugar Baby and we lover her so much. I pray that if you read this and are getting ready to have this done to your baby, think twice and make sure you are willing to accept the risk. God bless all of you and your lovely puppy or dog.

February 3, 2020 4:34 am
Reply to  Tom Kasper

My family has just put my Beagle cross cavalier in surgery, she is 9 years old and we are scared 🙁

April 22, 2020 8:06 am
Reply to  Kiara

Did she make it ? My 8 year old beagle just went in for surgery.

March 5, 2020 12:08 am
Reply to  Kiara

Hi! Just wondering how your pup did?
I’m in a similar spot with my older dog, scheduled for a neuter procedure soon. Neuters are less invasive, but surgery is surgery so i’m worried!

October 29, 2019 10:30 pm

My healthy 14 month old Rottweiler passed away just after being spayed today ,,,, I thought it was a simple surgery
I never dreamed it would kill her , I thought I was doing the right thing …. I wish I could turn back the clock
Vet called and said her heart stopped , and they could not revive her

I wonder if statistics are even kept on deaths of animals

Kent R DeWyer Jr.
November 19, 2019 10:05 pm
Reply to  Kris

Sorry for your loss. Just had the same awful experience with a 5 month old beagle. Will never spay again

October 31, 2019 3:03 pm
Reply to  Kris

I took my Bulldog to get Neutered just a few days ago he wasn’t even a year old an he didn’t make it through the surgery so I feel your pain … It’s just like losing a family member… There not sure of what went wrong ( drew a clot ? ) there not sure My Heart is forever broken

Kimberly Alt
October 30, 2019 9:19 am
Reply to  Kris

I’m so sorry for your loss. You may find comfort in visiting this page, which discusses how to deal with the loss of a pet.

Linnea Bailey
October 4, 2019 7:19 pm

My radiantly health yellow lab 1 year old went to vet for spay. Breeder suggested waiting a year for proper bone maturation. Vet said there were complications because of blood vessels in the way and soft fat tissue (?) and that the scar was 12″ rather than 4″. Took her home Friday and she went down hourly. Called vet Saturday saying she did not urinate. They gave her $47 prescription for nausea. Sunday worse. Monday morning took to vet, they ran tests with bizarre results. Vet said don’t worry. Nurse friend said get her to hospital. Happy end of story. Major surgery. Repaired ureter clamped to blood vessel. Repaired left ureter cut, damaged and tied off. 1 1/2 slice to renal pelvis repaired. Stints and my dog is alive an doing well three days after surgery. I had friends who knew medicine, otherwise my dog would have died. Don’t trust the vet. They will cover themselves.

October 2, 2019 11:38 am

my dog saluke got spaded on tuesday and died the next day fit dog she was
she was in heat and got caught of a other dog so i thought i would take her to the vets and she died

Melissa Jackson
December 5, 2019 1:17 pm
Reply to  mary

My weimaraner died yesterday after bringing her home from getting spayed. She was pregnant and her uterus was twisted. She was only 1 and 1/2. They told me it was ok to bring her pregnant. They told me she could have had a genetic heart condition

October 10, 2019 12:47 am
Reply to  mary

dont get your dog spaded when she’s in heat, sorry thats your own fault

December 11, 2019 8:41 pm
Reply to  gianna

What is wrong with you?! She just lots her pet.. I bet nobody in your life respects you, and RIGHTFULLY so. You are a crappy person

November 20, 2019 12:59 pm
Reply to  gianna

Don’t ever say that to someone

November 4, 2019 4:01 pm
Reply to  gianna

I am sorry but you could’ve said this in a nicer way. She just lost her baby!

Kay Bee
August 11, 2019 12:14 am

My 7.5-lb mini Doxie just died after spay. No clue as to why. Doc will do an autopsy at their expense because they want answers too. Heartbreaking. Regret the spay. I went back & forth, canceled & rescheduled, finally went forward because of the supposed health risks of not spaying. I wish I’d listened to my gut.

December 9, 2019 5:57 am
Reply to  Kay Bee

I have a 9lbs mini doxie that’s getting spayed tomorrow and I want your advice on the surgery.