Spaying your English bulldog
Why should I have my English bulldog spayed?
We recommend spaying all female pets. The benefits to your English bulldog female health makes this decision easier. It should be remembered that owners of guide dogs for the blind, hearing dogs for deaf people and dogs for the disabled routinely have their dogs spayed.
What are the advantages of spaying in the female English bulldog?
Prevention of “heat” or estrus.
When in heat, the female experiences an urge to escape in order to find mate. This unwanted and dangerous behavior is eliminated.
It eliminates the possibility of false pregnancy following the heat cycle.
Prevention of uterine infection known as pyometra.
The prevention of breast cancer. Dogs spayed before the first heat have less than 0.5% chance of developing breast cancer.
Elimination of the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer.
Is spaying performed for any other reason?
The operation may be performed for several medical conditions. These Include:
Treatment of intractable false or phantom pregnancy.
Females with irregular or abnormal cycles due to ovarian cysts.
Spaying is also carried out on occasions to correct certain behavioral abnormalities.
Treatment of uterine infection (pyometra) or cancer.
Dystocia (difficult birthing) or post caesarean-section surgery.
What are the disadvantages?
Most of the perceived disadvantages are false. The most quoted of these are that the dog will become fat, lazy, and useless as a guard dog. Obesity is probably the most commonly quoted disadvantage of spaying. Obesity is the result of overfeeding and lack of physical activity. By regulating your dog’s diet and caloric intake, you can prevent obesity in neutered or intact males.
Spaying does not cause a change in personality, guarding instincts, intelligence,playfulness or affection.
When should the operation be performed?
Research reveals that spaying a pet at an early age does not cause increased risk. However with English bulldogs having a totally different conformation than most breeds, being a brachycephalic breed and the fact that they have a very small trachea makes it a little bit more complicated due to the anesthesia. We recommend spaying after 6 months of age to avoid any complications.