What benefits does spaying have for my bitch?
Mammy lumps are very common in entire bitches, representing one quarter of all tumours found in dogs. Many of these are malignant, and so can easily spread to other organs within the body. By neutering a bitch the early incidence of mammary cancer can be reduced by up to 99% (each season increases the risk of cancer significantly)
Pyometra is a common and potentially life threatening infection of the uterus and requires emergency surgery. It generally occurs in older bitches and causes them to be very ill. Spaying removes the risk of the bitch developing this condition as her uterus is removed during the spaying procedure.
Once a bitch is spayed, she will not have any more seasons. This means that she will not have a discharge from her vulva and is much less prone to attack from amorous males. Many bitches have false pregnancies following seasons which can make them grumpy, aggressive, moody and can cause ill health. Removing her reproductive organs prevents this. Once spayed, it is impossible for a bitch to become pregnant.
As with male dogs, behaviour can be affected by neutering. In many cases the bitch will become calmer and easier to manage, and usually interaction with other animals is much less confrontational.
The decision to neuter your pet is entirely up to you, the owner. It is our opinion that the benefits of neutering far outweigh the potential prblems and we would advise that all dogs that are not to be used for breeding are neutered.