Everything You Need to Know Before Spaying Your Dog

Written by Jake Dunning

While the thought of spaying your dog may not be a pleasant one, there are a multitude of benefits for your dog once they have been spayed. Ignore common myths and misconceptions, spaying is important for your dogs health and well being. After all, you don’t want an unhappy pooch do you?

Spay surgery will undoubtedly affect your dogs behaviour, which can be a benefit to those who has a somewhat rambunctious puppy dog. What is more, there are vast medical benefits to spaying your dog. So, if you do decide to spay your dog, you can be rest assured that you will be doing the right thing for them.



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The Benefits of Spaying Dogs


No Puppies

If you want to ensure that your dog doesn’t have their own super cute brood, then it is worth investing in having your dog spayed. If you cannot care for these puppies in a responsible and ethical manner, it is imperative that you spay your dog to ensure that they don’t become doggy mums. While puppies are undoubtedly cute, can you reasonably care for a litter of eight? Think about your options before you spay your dog. If you are in the market for having a new puppy within your home, search for little puppies online, where you can choose your perfect puppy pal. What is more, accommodating one puppy is much easier than accommodating an entire litter!


The Medical Benefits

Spaying your hound comes with significant medical benefits:

  • Reduces the chances of developing mammary (breast) cancer in female dogs

  • Reduces the chances of your puppy contracting Pyometra bacteria. These bacteria can affect a dog’s uterus, which can be fatal

  • Reduces the chances of your dog developing ovarian and uterine tumours

  • Reduces injury, stress and disease that is related to bearing puppies


Behavioural Changes

Dogs become sexually mature when they are aged between six and 12 months. During this time, females become hormonal and so their reproductive cycle begins. This is commonly known as your dog being in ‘heat’. This typically happens twice per year. Having your dog spayed will result in no heat cycles.

While your dog may be a little sore in the aftermath of being spayed, their wonderful and unique personality traits will not be affected. They will still be your lovable, friendly puppy dog. These behaviours may be lessened in the aftermath of being spayed, but they will still be their usual selves. One positive point is that female dogs, post-spaying, tend to be less aggressive.


Careful Considerations

With any medical procedure, whether that be with dogs or humans, there are some negative points to consider. Before spaying your beloved hound, do be aware of some of the implications that occur from spaying your mutt:

  • Dogs are spayed before they reach adulthood may grow larger than they would have usually done

  • There is an increased risk of spayed dogs to develop bladder cancer. This is breed dependent, so do seek the advice of your vet

  • Physiological changes may occur within your puppy, meaning that she may lose more weight than anticipated

  • Metabolism can be affected by spaying your pooch


While this article is both informative and useful, it should not replace the valuable and expert of advice of your local, friendly vet.

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