A spay surgery is a medical procedure that removes ovaries and uterus in a female dog. The procedure is meant to prevent dogs from getting pregnant. It is important to spay your female pet unless you plan to responsibly breed her.
Spaying dogs is a medical procedure that can be done when your puppy is eight weeks old, but adult dogs can be spayed too.
Benefits of Spaying Dogs
Spaying reduces the risk of several illnesses, including mammary gland cancer and pyometra, which is a serious bacterial infection of the uterus.
- The risk of developing ovarian and uterine tumors is lower when a female dog is spayed. These tumors are not very common in dogs, though it is a good idea to take all steps to prevent them from developing.
- Pyometra bacteria are present in every female at about 10 years of age, but they may appear at the age of seven or eight years. If the dog is spayed, there is no risk of this bacterial growth, which can cause the death of your dog.
- A spayed dog cannot get pregnant, which eliminates the need for caring for a pregnant pooch and caring for puppies.
- Spaying will prevent the birth of unwanted puppies. You might not have enough space in your apartment for more than one dog or time to train more puppies. If this is the case, the best idea is spaying your dog.
- By spaying your female dog, you can eliminate the unattractive odor associated with a dog in heat. Unspayed dogs go into heat every eight months. The heat cycle lasts as long as three weeks. Female dogs go into heat throughout their lifetime unless spayed.
Risks/ Disadvantages of Spaying Dogs
Some people are apprehensive of spaying dogs. Some of the reasons include:
- A neutered dog needs fewer calories than other dogs. This is the reason spayed dogs are obese or overweight.
- Another reason why some people don’t want to go with the option of spaying their dog is that it may raise the risk of frequent urination in their pet.
- There are cases when a neutered dog doesn’t develop her feminine characteristics and continues to behave like a puppy.
- If too many dogs of a breed are spayed, it may result in the extinction of that breed.
- Many of us don’t opt for spaying our furry friends because of high costs.