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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
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.