does anyone know….????

Posted: September 22, 2011 at 4:45 pm

what the origin of the word “spay” is that describes an oviohysterectomy procedure in animals? i asked the vet today, but she didn’t know…i was wondering if it was an arconym for something or if it was named after a place or a vet who invented the procedure…ie the first oviohysterectomy performed on animals was in Spay Germany (yes there is such a place) or the first oviohysterectomy in domestic animals was performed by Dr. Spay…or SPAY stands for Surgical Prevention Animal Young

anyway..i couldn’t find anywhere on the net why a spay really is called a spay (my guesses are pretty stupid)…so does anyone really know????

speaking of…june did ok with her spay surgery and charlie had a bit of a rough time with her mammary tumour removal (her blood pressure dropped down low) but they are both doing ok now and can come home tomorrow morning.

7 Comments on "does anyone know….????"

  • Spayen was a old english word for cut or cutting. I assume that’s where it came from.

  • Sharon says

    Here’s what I found:

    verb (used with object) Veterinary Medicine .
    to remove the ovaries of (an animal).


    1375–1425; late Middle English spayen < Anglo-French espeïer to cut with a sword ( Old French espeer ), derivative of espee sword; see épée

  • Carol says

    man you folks are freaking smart (and quick!!!!)
    thx ever so much!!!!

  • Alexis says

    My 13 volume OED says – from the Old French espeier or espeer, to cut with a sword.

  • Helga says

    Just to update you on Katie. She has had a couple of walkabouts (when all the rest of the crew were safely snoozing somewhere). Katie has a tortie’s feisty cranky character and, whenever one the other guys approaches her gate, a fullbodied raspy ‘Get outta my face’ growl. Sort of like Millie was originally. Today she ate quite a bit and even made one break for it when I was a bit slow in blocking the door. She should do fine once she can cruise around in the house without causing anyone bodily damage.

  • Tammy says

    Nice to hear that Katie is settling in nicely.

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