When should you spay a dog? Spaying is a procedure that prevents female dogs from getting pregnant. This involves surgically removing both ovaries and the uterus of your female dog. It is a major surgery that greatly changes your dog's quality of life, enjoying many health benefits and freedom.
But when should you spay a dog? Here, we've come up with the right time to spay a dog, its benefits, what to expect and how to deal with your fur-baby's post-operation situation.
"Spaying reduces risks of your female dog from illnesses such as uterine infections, mammary gland cancer and pyometra (infection of the uterus)."
BENEFITS OF SPAYING
Spaying's major benefit for us and our fur-babies is preventing unplanned pregnancies. But did you know that spaying also has other important benefits that give us more reasons why it's a great idea to spay:
- Reduces risks of certain illnesses. Spaying reduces risks of your female dog from illnesses such as uterine infections, mammary gland cancer and pyometra (infection of the uterus). Spaying promotes a longer and healthier life
- Spaying also keeps you away from having to deal with male dogs who get easily attracted to your fur-princess' smell when she's in heat.
- Spaying keeps your female dog from escaping away from home. If your dog is not spayed, she will find all means to be able to escape the house and go find some dog to mate
- Spaying drops the unpleasant odor frequently linked with a dog in heat.
Remember, un-spayed female dogs go into heat about once every eight months, and it lasts for as long as three weeks each time. Also, they don’t go into menopause. They regularly go into heat for their entire lives–unless they’re spayed.
WHEN IT'S TIME TO SPAY YOUR DOG
Traditionally, spaying your dog happens between 6 to 9 months since most anesthetic and surgical techniques available require the dog to be at least 6 months to be able to undergo the major operation.
But as technology has advanced, dogs as young as 4 to 6 months old can already be spayed as recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). By this age, a dog's sex organs are fully developed.
But what is stated are just recommendations.
The best way to know the appropriate time for spaying your dog is by talking to your veterinarian so that your dog's health condition and needs can be taken into consideration, especially if your dog is nearing her senior years.
POST-SURGERY EXPECTATIONS AND MANAGEMENT
Since spaying is major surgery, post-surgery care has a great role to play for your fur-baby's fast recovery. Here are some things you can expect after spaying and things you can do to help get your dog recovered in no time.
- You can take your dog home immediately after the surgery but some pet parents opt to let their dogs remain overnight in their vet's clinic to give her more time to rest after the surgery. At home, provide a stress-free environment so your spayed dog won't get stressed out so easily. Let him rest in an area of your house far from loud noises, visitors, and other pets.
- Your dog might experience nausea and appetite loss for the first few days after the spaying surgery. Do not force-feed her. She will eat and drink water when she's ready.
- Restrict her activity for the following week, since a lot of movement and strenuous activities might cause irritations or infections on the incision.
- As the incision gets better, it will become a little itchy and your fur-baby will begin to scratch or lick the area. If she keeps on doing this, it will irritate the incision. You can let her wear an e-collar or wrap a belly band around the incision area to prevent her from licking or scratching the incision.
- A few days after the surgery, your fur-baby will still be unable to walk to pee or to have full control of her bladder. That's why dog diapers play such an important role so that your dog can just pee without the mess and without having to bathe in her own urine. For added protection, you can also use pee pads.
- Be aware of your dog's nutritional needs. Provide Pet Parents® Dog Multivitamin with a variety of vitamins and nutrients that will help meet your dog's nutritional needs for a faster recovery.
Spaying a dog is beneficial, not only to you but for your fur-baby the most. Aside from preventing unplanned breedings and litters, it also lessens the risk of your fur-baby from developing life-threatening diseases.
"Your dog might experience nausea and appetite loss for the first few days after the spaying surgery."