Risks and side effects of spaying a dog. Are you worried about risks and side effects
of spaying a female dog? Watch this video before you decide to spay
your female dog. Many new dog owners may have concerns about
spaying a female dog. There are some side effects and risks involved
in spaying a female dog. Let us just go through each and every aspect
of it in detail. This is part four of truth behind spaying
a dog video series. Watch other parts of this series for more
information. Consider subscribe to this channel and enable
the bell icon to get notifications when new dog health related videos are uploaded. Obesity. The first and the most common problem that
could arise after spaying a female dog or puppy is obesity. Obesity in a spayed female dog is found to
be due to hormonal imbalance. This is due to the removal of both ovaries
from a female dog at a very young age. The ovaries produce a hormone called estrogen
and it plays a major role in controlling obesity in a female dog. Lack of estrogen hormone leads to hormonal
imbalance. Obesity in dogs is the extra body weight a
dog can get due to accumulation of excess body fat. The problem with obesity is, it can lead to
some of the major disease conditions like diabetes and heart disease. There is a chance of getting Obesity for a
female dog after spay surgery but some other factors also contribute to obesity. The major factors that has an effect on obesity
is overfeeding and lack of exercise. Therefore, this condition could be avoided
by proper regular exercise and healthy food feeding habits. Food control has a major role in controlling
obesity. This can be achieved by decreasing the amount
of carbohydrate in your female dog food. Usually, middle aged dogs can get obese, but
this can occur at any age. Hypothyroidism. Second risk of spaying a female dog is that
increases the chances of getting hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism in dogs is due to hormonal
imbalance. The thyroid glands are located at the neck
region of a dog and produce a hormone called thyroxine. The estrogen levels in the body has an effect
on thyroid function. Hypothyroidism is a condition where there
is a low thyroid function. Dogs with hypothyroidism cause loss of hair
over the body without itching and redness of skin. Hypothyroidism usually seen in medium to large
breed dogs. The condition usually starts in middle aged
dogs. Golden retrievers, Doberman pinscher and Irish
setter are the breeds of dogs that are commonly affected by this condition. This condition can be treated with oral replacement
of the hormone. Urinary incontinence. Most common side effect that can happen after
spay surgery is urinary incontinence. In this condition the female dogs may leak. This is because the ovaries are removed and
the result is lack of estrogen hormone. Lack of estrogen hormone affect the sphincter
muscle function of the urinary bladder and result in leaking urine. There are several medications available to
ease this condition. Early spaying before 3 months of age has the
disadvantage of urinary incontinence in a female dog. Urinary tract infections. There is an increased risk of getting urinary
tract infections and bladder stones in a spayed female dog. Urinary tract infections are due to bacterial
infections in the urinary tract of a dog. A dog with urinary tract infections shows
symptoms like increased number of urinations, appearance of blood in the urine. Blood in the urine may also occur due to bladder
stones. Dribbling urine and may show signs of straining
while urinating. Most of the time the dog may cry when it urinate. Fever, vomiting and weight loss may accompany
with urinary tract infections. The urinary tract infections are more common
in older dogs around ages 7 and up. Some of the dog breeds are more prone to this
condition than other breeds. Shih Tzu and Yorkshire terriers are more commonly
affected breeds of dogs. Other side effects or risks associated with
spaying a female dog are cranial cruciate ligament rupture, hip dysplasia and patella
luxations. Studies shows that purebred dogs which are
spayed early had some bone and joint development issues. Cranial cruciate ligament rupture. This can occur due to partial or complete
injury to the cruciate ligament. Pain and abnormal walk are the main symptoms. Studies show that male and female neutered
dogs are at increased risk of cranial cruciate ligament rupture. The breeds of dogs that are predisposed to
this condition are Akia, Saint Bernard, Neapolitan Mastiff, Rottweiler, Mastiff, Newfoundland,
Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Labrador Retriever and American Staffordshire Terrier. Larger breeds of dogs are more predisposed
to this condition at a younger age. Body weight plays a major factor to predispose
to cranial cruciate ligament fracture. Dogs that have been spayed before 5 months
of age have a risk of developing cranial cruciate ligament rupture. Hip dysplasia. Dog hip dysplasia is the musculoskeletal malformation
and degeneration of the hip joint. Dog hip dysplasia is one of the most common
skeletal diseases that clinically affected dogs. The risk can expect in breeds of dogs which
are predisposed to this condition. Reproductive hormones have minor effects on
bone development. Depending on the breed of dog, the risks are
different. Increased risk of hip dysplasia are seen in
breeds like German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Rottweiler,
Boxer and Great Dane. Patellar luxation is another risk of spaying
a female dog. In this condition, kneecap or patella is displaced
from its normal position. This can occur by genetic malformation or
injury. Breeds of dogs like Pomeranian, Chihuahua,
Boston Terrier, Pekingese and Yorkshire Terrier are at risk of getting this condition. Risk of getting some types of cancers. One of the side effects of spaying a female
dog is the risk of getting cancers like Hemangiosarcoma. Hemangiosarcoma is a fast growing cancer seen
mostly in dogs. The tumor can occur in spleen, heart, liver
and under the skin. Dogs spayed below the age of one year has
the increased risk of getting hemangiosarcoma. In a study evaluating hemangiosarcoma in dogs,
spayed females dogs were at 2 times increased risk to develop the splenic form of hemangiosarcoma
and 5 times more riskier to get the cardiac form of this cancer as compared to unspayed
dogs. But the actual causes are unknown. Common breeds of dogs that are predisposed
to hemangiosarcoma are German Shepherds, Boxers, Great Dane, Golden Retriever, Pointers and
English setters. The dogs of age 8 – 10 years have more risk
of getting this cancer. But it can occur in younger dogs too. Osteosarcoma. Another risk of spaying a female dog is increased
chances of getting osteosarcoma, which is the bone cancer. Osteosarcoma is commonly found in large breed
dogs when compared to small breed dogs. Some of the breed dogs that are predisposed
to osteosarcoma are Doberman Pinschers, boxers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Greyhounds,
Great Danes, Irish setters, Labrador Retrievers, Rottweilers and Saint Bernard. Rottweilers are at increased risk of developing
osteosarcoma. Genetic and environmental factors also contribute
to the development of these cancers. Lymphoma. Lymphoma is a cancer affecting the immune
system. That means it will affect lymph nodes, spleen
and bone marrow. Recent studies shows that spayed females were
at an increased risk of developing lymphoma as compared to non spayed female dogs. Side effects after spay surgery. There are some minor and major side effects
could be possible after spay surgery. The risk of getting an infection in the suture
line is the most common complication. Some other minor complications are vomiting
or diarrhea. There is a risk of surgical complications
from anesthesia , but usually are very minor and
do not need any major treatment. Major spay surgical complications. Stump pyometra. This is one of the major spay surgery complications
that could be possible to get if the uterus is not completely removed. If the stump of the uterus left behind during
spay surgery, this may get infected and lead to stump pyometra. Herniation from the spay surgery suture line. The internal organs could herniate through
the spay surgery suture line and leads to hernia. Lumps after spay surgery. Sometimes there is risk of getting lumps on
the surgery wound site. Most of the complications after spay surgery
can be avoided by providing proper post-surgical care. If you have any questions or comments leave
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