Once you adopt a pup, spaying or neutering is often high up on the priority list for many pet owners, but not all are familiar with
the many reasons why this is recommended by Vets and rescue organizations.
There is one obvious benefit to spaying and neutering your dogs – helping to reduce the pet overpopulation problem, but did you
know that there are a whole host of other benefits too?
What’s Spaying and Neutering?
Most of us understand the concept of spaying and neutering to mean sterilizing our dogs, but it’s important to understand
exactly what this means in order to understand some of the health benefits that it delivers.
When a female dog is spayed, her uterus and ovaries are removed so that she cannot become pregnant.
In some instances, a dog may have an incomplete ovariohysterectomy (removal of the ovaries and uterus where a portion of the
uterus is left behind) or an ovariectomy (removal of only the ovaries where the uterus remains).
The incomplete removal of the ovaries can lead to symptoms associated with your dog going into heat.
The incomplete removal of or complete failure to remove the uterus can also leave your female dog open to illnesses like
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We always highly recommend on spaying your female pets at 6 months of age for many health benefits.
The number 1 benefit is the elimination of having to treat a Pyometra, a pus filled uterus.
Olivia finished her heat approximately a week ago and in the last couple of days her owners noticed that her belly
was getting larger.
They brought her in right away and x rays showed a fluid filled uterus and she was rushed into surgery.
The Vet removed the uterus and Olivia is doing well!
A normal uterus is at least 10 times smaller and the length of a pen for this size of dog!
The stats indicate that 1 in 4 (or approx 25%) unspayed females will develop this…..
We know that spaying before the first heat cycle reduces the incidence of mammary cancer by 99.5%
while spaying after the first heat cycle but before the second decreases the incidence by 92%.
Spaying after the second heat cycle decreases the incidence rate by 74%.
Spaying after the 3rd heat cycle provides minimal protection against mammary cancer.
Spaying or neutering at any age removes the potential for uterine infections, ovarian, and testicular cancer by
removing the organ that will be affected.
When a male dog is neutered, his testicles are removed through a de-sex procedure so that he cannot impregnate a
female dog. The removal of dog’s gonads is called Castration.
While Veterinarians do use both terms neutering and spaying, in most instances only one of them – “neuter” – will be used as a
term for removal of reproductive organs of dogs for both sexes.
Meaning that colloquially, the term “neutering” applies to both male and female dogs.
Neutering is done for male dogs to prevent Testicular Cancer, and reduces the risk of Prostate disease.
It may also reduce aggressive behavior in males.