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.