What does it mean when a dog is sterilized? Get Your Pet Thinking

Is spaying performed for any other reason?

The operation may be performed for several medical conditions. These include:

  • Treatment of intractable false or phantom pregnancy.
  • Treatment of irregular or abnormal cycles due to ovarian cysts.
  • As an aid in diabetes treatment.
  • Treatment of uterine infection (pyometra) or cancer.
  • Dystocia (difficult birthing) or post cesarean-section surgery.
  • The overall consensus at this time is that spaying will increase the lifespan of a dog. There are some scientific studies that have suggested increased risks of certain health conditions. Despite these studies, spaying is considered to be the best option for the overall health and longevity of your dog. Potential disadvantages include:

  • Spaying a dog will reduce her metabolism; however, obesity is the result of overfeeding and lack of physical activity. By regulating your dogs diet and caloric intake and ensuring daily exercise, you can prevent obesity in spayed (or intact) females.
  • Spaying large breed dogs before bone growth is complete has been associated with increased risk of cruciate ligament tear (knee injury).
  • Spaying before maturity may be associated with increased risk of certain behaviors such as noise phobia.
  • Urinary incontinence, which primarily affects middle-aged and older female dogs
  • Spaying does not cause a change in personality, intelligence, playfulness, or affection.

    What is meant by spaying or ovariohysterectomy?

    Spaying is the common term used to describe the surgical procedure known as an ovariohysterectomy. In this procedure, the ovaries and uterus are removed completely in order to sterilize a female dog. Some veterinarians are now performing an ovariectomy where only the ovaries are removed.

    Is there any alternative to surgery?

    Spaying is considered a major operation and requires general anesthesia. With any anesthetic the risk of serious complications, including death, is always possible. With modern anesthetics and monitoring equipment, the risk of a complication is very low. It has been said that your pet has a greater chance of being injured in a car wreck than having an anesthetic or surgical complication.

    What is Spay or Neuter and Why Should You Spay or Neuter your Dog? (Everything You Need to Know)

    If you are planning to adopt a dog or have adopted a dog recently, you will come across a large dilemma – to sterilize or not.

    Don’t worry, you are not the first person to have second thoughts about the procedure and certainly not the last. Your concern for your puppy is completely understandable. That is why we have prepared this detailed guide about sterilizing your dog.

    Sterilizing is the surgery that is performed on pet animals to prevent them from reproducing. Sterilization is performed on both male and female dogs for many other health benefits in addition to putting a stop to reproduction.