Should I Get My Dog Spayed?

Should I get my dog spayed

Most likely. Similar to getting your Golden neutered, spaying a female dog comes with its behavioral and health benefits.

At the same time, spaying does have its potential side effects.

I’ll explain the pros and cons as well as when to get your female Golden spayed – if this is the route you chose to pursue. 

Benefits of Spaying Your Dog

The first obvious benefit (for non-breeders) for removing the ovaries and uterus is that your Golden can’t have puppies.

Other spaying benefits include;

  • Prevents real and false pregnancy
  • Prevents going into heat – your carpet will thank you
  • Prevents fatal uterus infections – nearly 1 in 4 intact females will develop an infection called pyometra.
  • Reduces chance of breast cancer

Potential Disadvantages of Spaying Your Dog

Potential disadvantages that may occur after your dog is sprayed include;

  • Increase risk of obesity (you should watch food intake and exercise your Golden anyways to help avoid obesity)
  • Increases the risk of a cancer called hemangiosarcoma
  • Increased risk for fragile bones (if surgery performed too early)

When Should I Spay my Golden?

Statistics show that spaying your female Golden before she experiences her first heat cycle reduces risk of uterine and breast cancers, pyometra, false pregnancy, uterine torsion and vaginal and uterine prolapse by 90%.

With that in mind, many vets recommend spaying around six months of age.

There are mixed opinions on when you should spay your Golden. Recent research shows that six months may be too early. If you got your puppy from a breeder, it may be beneficial to reach out to get their thoughts. On the heels of their opinion, ask your vet. 

Concluding Thoughts

Would I get my female Golden puppy spayed? Yes but the choice is yours. The health benefits far outweigh what could happen in my humble opinion.

You will potential save many trips to the vet down the road which could be mentality and financially draining.

In addition to reducing infections and cancers, you’ll eliminate the potential of having a litter of puppies to care for.

Ensure that you consult with your vet to get his or her thoughts and when you should have the procedure performed.

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