Bringing a dog into your home and family's life is a wonderful experience. Not only will a dog bring a great deal of love and fun to your life, but this new family member will also teach you and your family about patience and responsibility. From training and feeding to exercising and providing your dog with proper healthcare, parenting a dog offers many challenges. Unfortunately, most people do not realize the importance of spaying their dog. While it is essential for preventing overpopulation, spaying offers many other benefits. With this guide, you will learn a few surprising benefits of spaying your dog.
Spaying is a surgical procedure that you will need to pay for, but the expense is a worthwhile investment. Without spaying, your female dog will go through normal reproductive cycles, requiring you to purchase diapers to prevent staining on your floors and furniture.
In addition, if your dog becomes pregnant and has puppies, the added medical care will become extremely expensive. Many dog breeds require C-sections because they are unable to give birth to their puppies vaginally. Lastly, the puppies will need medical exams, vaccinations, and food, which will increase expenses even further.
Reduced Risk of Health Problems
Spraying can also improve your dog's health, reducing the risk of numerous infections and diseases in the future.
Pyometra is a common uterine infection that affects many unspayed middle-aged or older dogs. The infection causes fluid to build up and cysts to develop in the uterus, resulting in swelling, discharge, lethargy, and more serious bacterial infections. If left untreated, pyometra can be life threatening.
Spaying your dog will reduce the risk of breast, uterine, and cervical cancers as well. Although treating cancer is possible in some cases, your dog will require uncomfortable medications during chemotherapy.
During a dog's reproductive cycle, hormones are secreted from the body. These hormones are extremely appealing to male dogs, increasing their desire to mate. The desire can lead to aggressive behavior in both your female dog and the male dog. Spaying your female dog will reduce the risk of any future aggression.
Your female dog will also be interested in mating if they are not spayed. Your dog may attempt to escape the home or yard to roam and find a mate. Spaying will decrease your dog's desire to roam, keeping her nearby and safe.
Controlling the pet population is an important benefit of spaying female dogs and neutering male dogs, but it is not the only factor to consider. To learn more about spaying your dog, consult your veterinarian or All Creatures Animal Hospital today.Share
9 July 2017
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