|Female Dog Care
by Aki Desorcy
As there are certain health issues that
affect only the female dog, care should be taken to ensure
that these are fully understood before deciding whether or
not to buy a bitch.
The most important concern is that of spaying.
Only those who are fully educated in all aspects
of a specific breed and who have the time and energy to put
into making sure that bloodlines are kept strong and healthy
should ever consider breeding. With that in mind, most owners
of female dogs will not be thinking of breeding and should
therefore seriously consider having their pet spayed.
If the necessary surgery is carried out before
your dog has her first heat cycle, the likelihood of her ever
developing breast cancer will become almost zero percent.
That alone is a very good reason to have your dog spayed as
breast cancer is otherwise relatively common in older bitches.
The chances of your dog developing pyometra, a disease of
the uterus that can be fatal, is also greatly reduced.
Having your dog spayed will also relieve her
of the twice yearly 'season' and the anxiety that often becomes
part of it. She'll no longer want to roam in order to find
male dogs to mate with and you'll no longer have to put up
with the crowds of dogs who follow you during walks or who
gather outside your home. And most importantly of all, unwanted
pups will not become a problem.
If your female dog starts collecting her toys
and treating them as if they were puppies, she's almost certainly
experiencing a false pregnancy. Fortunately, this rarely lasts
more than a week and although the dog will become very protective
of her imaginary offspring, treat her as normal and she'll
soon forget them.
If you've opted to not have your dog spayed,
it's important to understand how her heat cycle works. The
first 10-14 days is the period BEFORE ovulation and this is
the time during which she will bleed. Ovulation occurs as
the bleeding stops so it's important to understand that it's
during the 10-14 days following bleeding that she's actually
most likely to become pregnant. Far too many owners make the
mistake of believing that their female dog is safe once the
bleeding stops and over-filled dog pounds are the sad result.
Doggie diapers are available in most pet stores
and come in a range of sizes to fit different breeds. These
are designed to stop the dog leaving blood on your furniture
and rugs but unfortunately, unless the dog has been taught
to accept wearing them from a very young age, most will soon
chew them off.
Female dog owners who choose not to have their
dog spayed MUST monitor their dog regularly for any lumps
in the breasts and remember that unless they're serious about
breeding, they have a duty to ensure that their dog doesn't
produce unwanted puppies who will eventually find themselves
sitting in a pound waiting for their death sentence to be
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