Spaying a female dog – Benefits and complications

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Making the decision about spaying your dog might just turn out to be the best long-term move you ever had as it’s very difficult for one to handle a litter and find responsible owners for every single puppy that will be born. You don’t need this. Pet overpopulation is a serious problem of gigantic proportions – it’s estimated that in the US only there are around 8 million homeless animals entering the shelters, annually. And it’s sad to say that less than half of these unfortunate beings are being adopted. The rest are euthanized due to high maintenance costs. If you think that the majority of homeless animals are born after other strays have mated, that’s not correct. Almost 90% of homeless animals actually come from families who cherish their pet but don’t know how to deal with the new litter.

What are the health benefits of spaying your dog?

According to an article by USA Today, the longest life-span in pets in the US has been reported in spayed and neutered ones. So how exactly sterilizing can make your dog live longer? Well, a part of it has to do with the fact that spayed dogs have a decreased urge to roam free. Roaming frequently results in ‘animal to animal’ fights or getting hit by a car which is usually fatal.

Cancer is among the top 5 killers both in dogs and cats, and believe it or not spaying actually reduces the risks. Females avoid developing pyometra (fatal purulent infection of the uterus), uterine cancer and the chances for mammary tumors are smaller if spayed.

In the video below, you can hear for some more reasons why it is beneficial for your dog to get spayed. Watch the video and tell us your opinion.

If you liked this article, read “Spay/Neuter Awareness Month” on our blog.

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