Anonymous asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

How do you tell if your dog has been spayed?

I adopted a dog yesterday. She's showing signs of being in early heat. For instance, when my other dog sniffs her rear end, she puts her tail up and moves it to the side.

I'm not dog-stupid...I work for PAWS and I'm educated for veterinary tech work, however, I do not have knowledge how to tell if a dog is spayed.

The shelter told me she was spayed. Is there some way to tell? One lady said to the other, "she's not spayed" and the other palpated her stomach and said, "yes she is, feel her stomach"...

I was unaware if there was any way to tell. If there is, please let me know. I am unsure whether or not I have a spayed dog.

I'm hopeful that I do, because I just neutered my male, but last night, after smelling her behind, he got too interested and attempted to breed her...and that was a sight, being as he was just neutered. Yuck!

Please let me know...this is a serious question. Please, no perverted answers. I really appreciate it.


There is no scar. That is the first thing I looked and felt for.

The shelter tech said she was spayed, right in front of me, and palpated her.

I was interested if there is a way to tell via palpation and if so, howcome we weren't taught this in vet tech school.

I am just interested how a shelter tech can tell a spayed dog by palpating the stomach. It's not something I was aware they could do.

Update 2:

My dog just TIED to her in the backyard. She's NOT spayed. I am really upset at this point...he was also neutered just over a week ago and therefore is still verile for up to 3 weeks. He probably got her pregnant.

Well...there you go. The shelter was wrong about her spay. Oy vay....

10 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    I took in a dog into my home that was a stray out in the street. She was older (took her to the vet and at the time they said she was 10 years old). I know nothing about telling the difference between a spayed/neutered dog or a dog in heat; however, at that time I felt her lower adomen and I felt kind of these bumps on where her uterus was suppose to be. I took that for being spayed. Over the few short years that I had her (she died a week back) I never saw her have a period, never saw her in heat, and she was simply a pleasant dog. I knew that that first time I felt her adomen or lower body that she was spayed and I was right @ that time. So that's how I knew she was spayed.

    My current puppy whose 6 months old and got spayed 2 months ago (I adopted her from a shelter) the way I knew she was spayed when I adopted her from the shetler was 1. the paperwork. They presented actual paper work (like a certificate) that gave the name of my dog, the date, and the vet's signatue stating that she was spayed. I don' t know of all sheltes/escues do this with the dog's and cats that they adopt but I think they should. Another way was the scars (at that time she still had her stiches in). Now 2 months later she has a light black line down her adomen where the scars were and no feelings of being spayed. So when the black marks go away only thing I have to prove she is spayed is the paperwork.

    The only truthful way besides feeling and guessing is to take a dog to the vet. I don't know what they do to tell but i'm sue with the physical exam they can feel the uterus or what's suppose to be there. Good Luck. I hope I helped (based on my experience). I hope everything woks out.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    First, I never heard of a vet that could tell with palpating the abdomen - it just can't be determined that way!. Second, the best way is to look for a spay scar (not always visible) or to have an ultra sound. Otherwise, one of the first signs is swollen vulva, spotting or bleeding, and a possible increase in urination and the most noticeable, male dogs hanging around the house. If you start to see signs of heat, call your vet immediately to get her spayed. Also, if this occurs, I would call the shelter and they would probably want proof of a spay by your vet (if her adoption cost was different b/c she was listed as a spayed dog).

    Also, it takes sometimes a month after spaying or neutering for those hormone levels to decrease enough to take the urge away from your male to want to mate, so he may still show signs of wanting to mate her as long as he still has testosterone.

    Good luck


  • 1 decade ago

    Palpating the abdomen is not how one tells a dog is spayed. You need to find the scar on the underside of the dog. If the dog appears on heat the vulval area becomes swollen and red. This would indicate that all the organs are working normally and this dog has not been operated on. Get professional advice. Sounds like a con to get rid of the dog from the shelter to me.

    Dogs that have been recently spayed ( males) still have the instinct to mate. They havent realised yet that the crown jewels are not functioning. There is always residue hormones for a few weeks after desexing a male dog. Even humans must refrain from unprotected sex for up to 3 weeks post vasectomy. But the female is another matter that needs investigation

  • 4 years ago

    Many people love the idea of owning a dog but one thing that they have to keep in mind often times, is that the dog needs to be trained. While the pet may look heart-breakingly cute when it's in a shelter or at the pound, picking out the dog is only the first part of the relationship between dog owner and the animal. Many people don't understand that they have to put time and effort into socializing the dog.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's natural for dogs to mount each other, fixed or not. They do it as babies, and they do it as adults. There's nothing you can do to stop it. Take a look at her stomach. If you look real close, you can see a small line, from where she was cut. You'll have to put her under a light to see it though.

    If a male sniffs a female, and tries to mount her, that means he isnt' fixed, he knows that he's supposed to mount a female, or the female isn't fixed. I'd take the dog to the vet, and ask them if they can find out if you can't see that scar. If you can't take her to the vet, then call upthe shelter you got her from, and tell them painly "i need to know if my dog is fixed. is there anyone that knows?" and tell them the answers you've gotten. They should have it on record about which dog was fixed and had shots.

    If they don't, then you might want to rethink getting anymore pets from that place, and talk to the pd about them. Something is off if they don't have records!!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    We feel for incision scars. Its often easier to feel them than to see them. Once the dog is shaved the vets can see the incision and will not reopen the dog. I would go ahead and make her a spay appointment.

  • 1 decade ago

    The veterinarian can do an xray or an ultrasound to see if she's been spayed.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well that's interesting, most animals get lazier when they are spayed.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    there is usually a faint scar in the middle of her belly where the incision was made

  • 1 decade ago

    Go to the vet

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