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What You Should Know About Spaying Your Dog

If you recently got a female puppy, you may be so excited to welcome her to the family that you can think of little else beyond just getting her home and giving them love and attention. However, there are some practicalities you will need to think about at some point as well. One of those is the prospect of getting your new female puppy spayed. Before you make any decisions and even before you contact the vet about it, get to know some of the facts about spaying your dog. Then, you can better decide if and when to get veterinary surgical services for your new puppy. 

Spaying Involves De-Sexing Your Dog

First and foremost, spaying your dog is also known as de-sexing. Essentially, this means that her sexual reproductive organs (ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and uterus) will be removed. This prevents her from ever becoming pregnant and also prevents your female dog from going into heat. 

Spaying Can Prevent Serious Infections

Many female dogs that are not spayed develop infections in their reproductive organs. Uterine infections in dogs can become quite serious quite quickly. This is because a dog is unable to let you know where something hurts or even if she is uncomfortable. As such, the infection can grow and spread beyond the uterus, potentially leading to sepsis (a blood infection), shock, and death. 

The only way to prevent such infections is through spaying your dog. In essence, spaying your dog could not only prevent discomfort but could also save her life. 

Spaying Prevents Unwanted Puppies

No matter how careful you are to keep your female dog away from males when she is in heat, accidents can happen. Caring for a pregnant dog and taking care of a new litter of puppies can be a daunting and expensive task. And if you do not want your female dog to be a breeding dog, it can be downright frustrating if she does get pregnant. 

There is no way to prevent pregnancy in dogs than to spay (and neuter males). So, if you are not ready to take care of several puppies all at the same time, you should definitely consider having your dog spayed. 

Spaying Can Help Them Live Longer

Spaying your female puppy can actually help her live longer. Dogs that have puppies have shorter lifespans on average than those that are spayed. This means that you will, hopefully, get more years with your new pup by opting to have them spayed. 

Now that you know more about spaying your dog, you can better decide if spaying is right for your puppy. And when you are ready, you can contact your veterinarian for veterinary surgical services