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The Pros and Cons of Spaying a Sheltie

  By Becky Turner Visit The Sheltie Forums

Spaying a Sheltie mean surgically removing the reproductive organs: the ovaries, uterine horns and the body of the uterus. This completely eradicates female heat cycles, prevents pregnancy, and reduces the risk of developing diseases of the reproductive organs.

Foxie, a beautiful female Sheltie
Foxie, a beautiful female Sheltie

Shetland Sheepdogs who aren't spayed generally enter their first heat cycle from 8-10 months of age. They will release powerful airborne pheromones which can travel huge distances to attract unneutered males for a period of 3-14 days.

You must keep a female Sheltie very secure during this time or face the likelihood of having 4-6 unplanned puppies on your hands. According to The Humane Society, 3 million dogs are put down in US shelters every year - that's about 1 dog every 10 seconds. And often these animals are the unplanned offspring of cherished family pets. The solution is to spay your Sheltie if you do not plan to breed her.

There are also significant health benefits to spaying your Sheltie. Indeed, many vets recommend spaying a dog after you have finished breeding her for health reasons alone, as it can improve the quality of her life and even increase her life span. This article is here to present you with all the pros and cons of spaying your dog.


The Pros of Spaying a Sheltie

  • Prevention of unwanted pregnancy - Most pet owners do not want an unplanned litter on their hands. There is no real money to be made this way, since it takes considerable time and expense to raise the puppies to 8 weeks (consider food, vet checks and vaccinations for up to six puppies in one go). Even professional breeders don't make much money from producing litters - they do it for the continuation of the breed. And worst of all, it may be hard to find new homes for the puppies who may ultimately face euthanasia at a rescue shelter when they can't be cared for any longer. Who wants an unplanned dog litter? No one.

  • Prevention of menstruation - If you leave your female Sheltie unspayed, she will menstruate every time she goes into heat. This can be both messy and inconvenient. Most female Shelties go into heat every 6-8 months. During this time, you can expect to have male dogs hanging around your house. You must never leave your female Sheltie out in the yard while she's in heat, nor let her off the leash if there are other dogs nearby. The best thing to do is drive to a remote area for walks - otherwise her urine and vaginal discharge will blaze a trail right back to your home. In short, you must be very vigilant with a Sheltie in heat. Spaying eliminates this.