QUESTION: My dogs like to have sex. Can they still have sex after being spayed and neutered?
ANSWER: YES! Dogs still have the ability to have sex if they want to but no unwanted puppies will be born.
QUESTION: Will my dog's behavior change after the operation?
ANSWER: IF the dogs behaviour changes it will be for the better. They are often happier, more focused and listen better.
Veterinary Statement Regarding Neutering of Dogs and Cats
1) Preventing future health problems
2) Improving the dog's behaviour and enabling them to become a more reliable and happy
Male Dogs: Castrating (removing the testicles) in a male dog helps prevent the development of dominant behaviour and allows the dog to fully integrate into the human family environment. It also prevents the development in later life of prostate gland problems and certain types of cancer. Traumatic injuries, such as being hit by a car, are more common in intact male dogs than castrated or female dogs. This is due to the ability of the male dog to 'smell' a female in heat over a range of approximately 2 miles. When this occurs, the dog's natural desire to follow the scent can lead to the dog disobeying the owner and running away, thereby putting himself at risk.
Female Dogs: Spaying (removing the uterus and ovaries) a female dog before her second season reduces the chance of mammary cancer by 90%. Spaying also prevents the development of pyometra - a life-threatening uterine infection. Conditions which can appear in later life such as pyometra or mammary tumours require major surgery, often on a very sick dog and this is easily prevented with a relatively simple operation at an earlier age on a healthy dog.
When a female dog comes into season they are highly attractive to entire male dogs and will actively seek a mate and often become 'moody'. These changes occur before it is obvious to many owners that their dog is in season and cannot be predicted.