An estrous cycle or heat is a hard time for either a dog or an owner. We can’t turn a blind eye to how messy and lengthy it is or the risks it holds. There are a couple of options for dealing with your dog’s heat.
Dogs' overpopulation is a grave matter that you don’t want to add to. So, you should consider having your dog spayed to avoid any mismating, undesired pregnancies, and potentially some diseases.
According to ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), 3.1 million dogs are sheltered yearly, and 390.000 unadopted shelter dogs get euthanized regardless of their health condition.
Despite the rumors, spaying your female dog has medical and behavioral benefits. The following are some of the perks of getting your dog spayed.
Lower the risk of uterine diseases by 50%.
No urinating everywhere, whether for marking territories or inviting mates.
Avoid mammary tumors that can be cancerous.
Here are also some Q&As that may resolve your questions.
Is It Expensive to Spay/Neuter a Dog?
No, it costs something between $150 and $240 at spaying/neutering clinics, which is way less than the cost of caring for a litter, or you can find it for free or at a reduced cost at SPCA organizations.
When Should a Dog Be Spayed?
It’s a myth that dogs should be sterilized after their first heat. Most veterinarians advise that a dog should be spayed anytime before 6 or 7 months old. However, it depends completely on the doggy’s health, size, and breed. Accordingly, always check with your vet prior to any decision.
Do Dogs Get Aggressive After being Spayed?
No, this is quite dependent on every female dog’s personality, environment, and owner.
Taking The Risk
Heat cycles take up to 18 months before they become regular, thus predictable. Before that, your furry one can go into heat at various times a year, increasing the risk of her mis-mating with another dog and having an unwanted litter. So if you’re not a fan of the first option, the following are some tips that can help both of you to survive a heat cycle safely.
Keep a record of your dog’s heat cycles.
Be ready for lots of cuddles.
Consider investing in a blankie and a diaper.
Have handy wipes to clean blood drops (rapidly before they stick to your furniture).
Always keep an eye on her while she’s off-leash.
Expect aggression from male dogs that can sense a female dog in heat.
Make sure she’s properly fed and keep her hydrated.
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