Has Jet reached a level of maturity? The jury is still out on that one. But she did have a heat cycle in May, so Jenn felt that it was a good time to have Jet spayed.
There are two types of spays, OVH-which is a complete hysterectomy and OVE-which is only removal of the dog's ovaries. Jenn had read several articles by veterinarian Dr. Nancy Kay, about the advantages of the OVE spay:
A Newer Way To Spay by Dr. Nancy Kay
A Different Way To Spay by Dr. Nancy Kay
A New and Safer Way to Spay-Whole Dog Journal
Basically, the advantages of the OVE, ovary only spay, are it is a shorter, less invasive surgery with less time under sedation, it is overall less traumatic to the body, which can translate to less pain and a faster recovery time. Jenn's vet Dr. Brady had done the OVE and said it was a good option for Jet.
Jet had to spend the night at Dr. Brady's clinic and came home the next day looking like this:
Dr. Brady used a special surgical tape on Jet's incision, which kept Jet from trying to fiddle with it. Here's her small incision after one week, completely healed.