YES! There is an old belief that dogs cannot be spayed while they are pregnant. This is only a myth--many veterinarians will perform the procedure on a pregnant dog. The procedure will terminate the pregnancy, as it involves the complete removal of her ovaries and uterus, leaving nowhere for the pups to grow.
When should I spay my female dog? We recommend waiting until your dog is at least over 6 months and likely even older for larger dogs. The benefits are much more pronounced in larger dogs, but there is not a lot of difference for lap dogs.
Females should be spayed before the first heat, which usually occurs at 5-6 months of age. We stress that this be done before her first heat, since a female can become pregnant at that age and she is in no way ready for it.
It's generally recommended to spay puppies between the ages of 4 to 6 months, says the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). By that age a female puppy's sex organs are fully developed but she hasn't yet experienced her first heat cycle, during which she could become pregnant.
The American Kennel Association recommends waiting to spay your pet between five and nine months of age. Waiting until after the animal has gone through puberty offers some key benefits to the animal.
Spaying a dog in heat is NOT desirable for the dog, the owner during aftercare, or the surgeon. The best choice, unfortunately, is to wait until the heat cycle is finished-about 4 weeks from the day you first noticed her attractiveness.
A dog is never too old to be spayed. It's always best to get your dog spayed, even in old age, rather than never spaying them. Even if your dog has already had many litters, it's never too late to get them spayed.
The ASPCA suggests early spaying or neutering of dogs at two months or two pounds in weight. Many also recommend that you spay your female dog before their first heat.
As long as your pet is healthy, there is no age limit for spaying your dog. While the traditional age for spaying is six to nine months, dogs as young as five months can undergo the procedure. Even if there are some risks with senior dogs, the benefits still outweigh a few risks.
For large and giant breed dogs, it is now recommended to wait until they are fully mature which would be between twelve to eighteen months of age. This means most females would have one heat cycle before they are spayed.
Spaying a dog during a heat cycle can be done but it increases the chances of complications. During the heat cycle, there are increased estrogen hormone levels in the body. This causes the uterus to swell and may make the location of the ovaries difficult.
Both a spay (ovariohysterectomy) and an ovary sparing spay render the dog incapable of breeding. The ovariohysterectomy removes the uterus, cervix and both ovaries. An ovary sparing spay is where one or both ovaries are left in the abdomen, near the kidneys, but the uterus and cervix are removed.
Spaying during the heat comes with considerable risk. If possible, delay the spay until after the heat cycle is over. Spaying your dog 2-3 months after the heat will result in lower chance of bleeding, easier surgery plus reduced cost for you! Keep your female away from male dogs during her heat.
Regardless of whether you saw your female being bred by a male or you simply suspect she might have been, it may not be too late to spay. Wait until she is finished with her heat cycle and then have her spayed as soon thereafter as your veterinarian wants to schedule the surgery.