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chihuahua Spaying/Neutering

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Chihuahua Spaying/Neutering are two different cases. Spaying is a surgical procedure in females that involves the removal of the ovaries and the uterus. The aim of spaying a female chihuahua is to prevent the chances of pregnancy. On the other hand, neutering is a surgical procedure involving the removal of the testicles. Only the inside part is removed but the sac remains. Choosing to spay or neuter your chihuahua is probably the best decision you can make on behalf of the furry canine pet dog breed. Apart from reducing the chances of unwanted pregnancy, you increase the lifespan of the chihuahua. Pregnancy comes with a lot of complications. But thanks to spaying and neutering, you don’t have to worry about your pet anymore.

When is the best time to spay or neuter my chihuahua?

A lot of chihuahua owners don’t have a clue when it is the best time to spay or neuter their dogs. Doing it too early or too late may bring about more issues that are not what we want here. The best time to spay or neuter your chihuahua is when it is between 4 months and 6 months, prior to their first heat cycle. There are those who fear the procedure and are afraid for their pets, but it doesn’t affect their personality in any way.

Advantages of spaying/neutering

  • In females, spaying decreases the chances of acquiring ovarian cancer and mammary tumors whereas, in males, neutering decreases the chances of prostate cancer and perianal fistula.
  • Neutering reduces aggressive behavior by the male chihuahua as a result of reduced levels of testosterone.
  • Reduced cost of medical care for the owners since neutering and spaying reduces the possibilities of your chihuahua contracting various diseases and the female chihuahua will not require C-section procedures for birth.
  • Spaying puts a stop to the heat cycle in female chihuahuas and the possibility of pregnancy. Since there are no ovaries, the female chihuahua can reproduce neither can she experience heat cycles which can be messy and unpleasant.
  • Neutering also reduces the roaming tendencies and running away chances in the male. Male chihuahuas that have not been spayed will have the tendency of running away. So that they can mate with their female counterparts. This is eminently reduced when the male genitals are removed since they lose the urge to mate.
  • There’s an increased concentration in the male chihuahua. This is because there are not constantly distracted by the urge to engage in sexual behaviors.

Disadvantages of spaying/ neutering

  • The possible occurrence of urinary incontinence (weakening of the bladder) for spayed females. This will often occur if your Dog’s bladder hadn’t fully developed.
  • Spaying and neutering increase the chances of obesity in Dogs.
  • Spaying increases the chances of hemangiosarcoma of the spleen and heart compared to the unsprayed female chihuahuas due to the absence of reproductive hormones.
  • Increases the chances of your chihuahua developing hypothyroidism (low levels of thyroid in their body).
  • There will be delays in the growth plate closure which can, later on, lead to increased chances of having fractured bones.
  • If done in the early life stages of a chihuahua, spaying, and neutering can lead to;
  1. Dysplasia and torn ligaments around the born muscles due to uneven development.
  2. Increased chances of developing lymphoma.
  • Bone cancer, which people also call osteosarcoma.
  1. Distorted female private parts with regards to the size and shape of the vulva.

Myths about spaying and neutering

There are several myths out there about spaying and neutering your dog and I’m sure you’ve heard about them. Some of the common myths include;

  • Neutering and spaying a dog will lead to decreased activity and make him/her feel depressed. The dogs
  • Your dog will become overweight and lazy immediately. There are chances of your dog becoming obese, however, as long as you feed them right and exercise them a lot, they will remain in good shape.
  • Spaying or neutering your dog’s pet will affect its personality and will not be as loving as dogs that aren’t spayed or neutered.
  • Spaying and neutering are not good for dogs under the age of 12months. According to most veterinarians, the best time is by the 6th  

Neutering and spaying your dogs have their benefits and their demerits as well. However, the advantages always outweigh the advantages. In addition to the advantages, there will be lower numbers of dog’s pet population that will be homeless. Looking at the bright side, these sterilized surgical procedures will help your dogs in many ways. Not everyone will agree to these procedures as they consider them inhumane. Therefore, ensure when you go to purchase a dog from the pet store, you identify whether you will be breeding or not.



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