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Spaying In Female Dogs – When To And Why To Spay?

Spaying In Female Dogs
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Spaying is nothing but removing a female dog’s reproductive organs. The vet removes her ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus during spaying. The other name of spaying is ovariohysterectomy. Generally, this procedure is done on household dogs, and stray dogs.

Is It Necessary To Spay My Female Dog?

Yes, it is necessary to spay your female dog –

  • If you are unable to take care of the number of litters your dog reproduce.
  • Cannot control your dog from roaming, leading to the risk of losing your dog and being injured or killed on roadways.

Benefits Of Spaying

Spaying has a lot of benefits:

  • Reduces risk of pyometra or mammary gland cancer
  • Reduces overpopulation
  • Saves your dog from males during the heat
  • Eliminates the odor often associated with a dog in heat

Drawbacks Of Spaying

Dogs will be at risk of osteosarcoma (bone cancer) if spaying is done before 1 year of age. Moreover, dogs will be at risk of the following diseases as well

  • Splenic hemangiosarcoma and cardiac hemangiosarcoma
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Obesity
  • Urinary “spay incontinence”
  • Persistent or recurring urinary tract infections
  • Risk of recessed vulva, vaginal dermatitis, and vaginitis, when female dogs are spayed before puberty
  • Minimal risk (<1%) of urinary tract tumors
  • Orthopedic disorders
  • Adverse reactions to vaccinations

When To Spay My Female Dog?

You can spay her at any time after she becomes eight weeks old. But, it is better to spay her before the occurrence of the first heat cycle. Also, note that the first heat cycle differs every breed. Besides, each individual should have a talk with their personal vets for spaying.

Adding to, several factors may affect the timing of spaying

  • Breed of your dog – Research says that larger dog breeds mature later than their smaller counterparts
  • Living situation – A male and female belong to the same litter, who are living in the same house should be spayed earlier. But, an urgency to spay is less if your dog is only living in the house
  • Health issues – Before spaying, a pet owner should ensure that her dog is not having any health issues

Best Age To Spay A Dog

The best age to spay your dog is from six to nine months from her birth. But if a spay clinic or shelter may spay your dog safe, you can spay her when she is two months old.

Will Spaying Calm A Female Dog?

Spaying changes the hormone levels of your dog. Some dogs get calm by spaying, but it can encourage more aggressive behaviors.

Female Dog Behavior After Spaying

Spaying may affect the behaviors related to her heat cycle

  • Roaming in heat
  • Frequent urination and bloody discharge
  • Irritability
  • Aggression

If your dog is having the above-mentioned behaviors even after spaying, please get advice from your vet.

How Long Will My Dog Be In Pain After Spaying?

Your dog will recover from spaying after 10 to 14 days.

How Much Will Cost Spaying a Dog?

Spaying cost depends on the geographical area and the size of the dog. The cost may range from $45 to $135, but some hospitals charge more than $300.

Alternative To Spaying A Dog

Nowadays, ovariohysterectomy (OVA) is replaced by ovariectomy (OVE), that is removing one or both ovaries, but OVE has been in use in Europe for several years.