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.

Age of spaying

Approximately between four and six months of age.

  • Prevention of heator estrus.
  • When in heat, the female experiences an urge to escape in order to find a mate. This unwanted and dangerous behavior is eliminated.
  • Elimination of the hormone fluctuations that cause false pregnancy following the heat cycle.
  • Prevention of uterine infection known as pyometra.
  • Prevention of breast cancer. Dogs spayed before their first heat have less than 0.5% chance of developing breast cancer.
  • Elimination of the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer.
  • Spayed dogs generally live longer lives than those that are unspayed.
  • Reduces the likelihood of dogs having separation anxiety or fearful elimination.

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 caesarean-section surgery.