At what age should a female border collie be spayed?
A common concern for those with female Border Collie dogs is whether they will have them spayed or not and if they have decided to have them spayed, when is the best time to do that. This is a major decision. As furparents, we all want what’s best for our pets so we need to make an informed choice.
What is spaying?
Spaying is a medical procedure done on female dogs to have their uterus and ovaries removed. The vet cuts a small incision in your female dog’s abdomen to be able to perform the operation. They use general anesthesia during the procedure so your dog won’t feel a thing. Recovery is usually quick and would just take a couple of weeks.
Benefits of spaying your Border Collie
The most common reason for spaying female dogs is to prevent unwanted babies. There are lots of puppies ending up in shelters or being euthanized because there are no homes that would take them in. Caring for dogs entails a big responsibility in terms of time, space, and finances that’s why it’s not that easy to have dogs. It’s more cost-effective to have them spayed than have to care for a litter of puppies. Your Border Collie will also benefit from spaying. It helps prevent breast tumors and uterine infections. Your female dog won’t go into heat once spayed. Overall, spaying will help give your pet a longer and healthier life and that’s what furparents want for their pets.
When is the best time to have my Border Collie spayed?
Once you’ve decided to have your female Border Collie spayed, then next question is when is the best time to do it. Spaying your Border Collie is usually recommended when they are between 4 to 9 months old. But there are new studies that suggest owners of female Border Collies to have their pets spayed at 12 months at the earliest to avoid hormonal and physical growth issues. They say that it isn’t until they reach 12 months of age when they become full grown adults. It just goes to show that there is really no definite answer as to when the best time is to have them spayed given this broad timeframe. Some prefer to have their Collies spayed before their first heat while some even have their pets spayed when they’re 1 to 2 years old. The best solution is to consult with vets as they will know the right time to spay your puppies given their specific health condition. There are blood tests to be done prior to the surgery which will help your vet identify the anesthetic or surgical risks involved. They’ll take this into consideration and discuss the results with you to guide you in your decision on the best time to have your Collie spayed.
There are many benefits in spaying your female Border Collie but you need to make an informed choice as to when is the best time to have your Collie spayed because it would depend on her unique condition,