Image courtesy of Matthew Szwedowski at www.stocksnap.ioWhy You Should Spay Your Dog November 9, 2015 Health & Nutrition Spaying your dog involves removal of the uterus and ovaries. It’s considered a major surgery and much more invasive than when a male is neutered. Your dog will be sore following the surgery but your vet will likely give you pain management pills and/or anti-inflammatories. The discomfort will last up to a week but it’s worth it knowing you are improving her overall health. Below are some reasons as to why it’s important to spay your dog: 1) For one, your dog will live longer: Spaying your dog can help to prevent serious life-threatening illnesses, such as breast cancer. If spayed at an early enough age, she is less likely to develop mammory tumors, the most common and malignant tumors in females. As well, spaying prevents a serious uterine infection called Pyometra. Pyometra is life-threatening, and although an emergency hysterectomy might cure your dog, there are cases where the infection is too far spread and it leads to death. 2) Spaying prevents pregnancies: In a society overrun by pet overpopulation, the last thing you want is to bring more unwanted puppies into the world. Shelters are overcrowded and resources are thin, so do the pet population a favour and spay your dog. 3) Less desire to roam: Spaying your dog reduces her urge to roam and find a mate. As a result, she is less likely to be injured in a fight or get hit by a car. 4) Won’t attract males: Females in heat will attract male dogs from close by and even far away. This can be a nuisance and quite problematic if several males are present at once. You can avoid this by spaying your dog. 5) No mess from heat cycle: Spaying eliminates the bloody discharge of females in heat. 6) In some cities, it’s actually cheaper to register your female dog if she has been spayed. I can’t stress enough how dire the pet overpopulation problem is. So many companion animals are euthanized because there just isn’t any room for them. If that’s not reason enough to convince you to spay your dog, then consider the health benefits associated as well as the potential cost-savings in the long run. As with any decision regarding your dog’s health, I always urge you to talk to your veterinarian and get their professional opinion. Sources: www.yourpurebredpuppy.com www.acvs.org www.spayusa.org www.foundanimals.org ToniaTonia has owned her own dog walking company and been a full-time professional dogwalker for over 4 years. She is a member of Pet Sitters International and the Pet Professional Guild (the Association for Force-Free Pet Professionals). She volunteers weekly at a local dog shelter where she gets to feed and spend time with many furry friends. She started Dogwalker World to share her knowledge and passion about dogs and their natural instinct to walk and explore. She believes (and knows) that walking your dog can be a fun activity that will only strengthen your bond with them. This website is her dedication to you to ensure that you find the tools and advice necessary to make walking your dog a success! Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.