Pros and Cons of Spaying your French Bulldog

Pros and cons of spaying your French bulldog

If you’re an owner of a female Frenchie, then you’re probably thinking about whether the spaying procedure is a good idea. It is a routine procedure that has numerous health benefits for your furry friend. Whether you are a first-time dog owner or an experienced pet parent, this blog post will help you make a decision about whether spaying is right for your Frenchie. 

Benefits of a French Bulldog Spay

Spaying is a surgical procedure that involves removing the uterus and ovaries of a female dog. Even though it might sound scary to you, your dog can experience many benefits from this procedure. You will not only save your Frenchie from unwanted pregnancies, but she will also no longer go through heat cycles.

Prevention of Certain Diseases

One of the most important benefits of spaying a Frenchie is the prevention of certain reproductive cancers. According to statistics, spayed dogs will be less prone to cancer of the ovaries and uterus.

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Less Attractive to Males

Another benefit is that your four-legged friend will be less attractive to males so you’ll be able to walk with her cold-minded. 

A spayed French bulldog will also be calmer and less prone to mood changes which are common during the heat cycle.

Like humans, dogs can deal with hormonal changes. In case you still haven’t spayed your Frenchie, then you’ve probably noticed she becomes more smelly in the period before the heat. 

Downsides of Spaying a French Bulldog

Even though it’s considered an effective and safe procedure, there are still several things to consider before making a final decision:

  • Since the spay procedure is a type of surgery, it can bring certain risks and complications.To prevent your pet from potential infection and bleeding, you have to daily check the incision spot and keep it dry and clean.
  • Some dogs can badly react to anesthesia and vomit after the surgery.
  • Although a very low percentage of dogs can develop specific health problems, we have to mention that urinary incontinence can occur in 2% of pets.
  • Since your furry friend will go through a great hormonal change, obesity can be one of the potential downsides. Therefore, our advice is to check your dog’s weight and monitor her appetite so you could put her on a different diet. Some females may need a lower percentage of carbohydrates and more activity to stay in good shape.

Picture of a happy frenchie

Overall, the benefits of spaying a dog usually outweigh the potential downsides. If you are considering spaying your dog, it is essential to discuss the pros and cons with your veterinarian to make an informed decision.

When Should I Spay my French Bulldog

This is probably one of the most common questions we can hear from dog owners. In general, your furry baby can be spayed around 6 months of age. It’s the time when a female dog matures and gets into the first heat.

In case you own a mini or a micro French bulldog, then we recommend you wait until the 12th month of age. Early spaying can lead to a number of health issues such as hip dysplasia, torn ligaments, bone cancer, and urinary incontinence. 

Unlike the neutering procedure, spaying is a more serious one and it requires 24h care in the first days.

What Does a Recovery of my Spayed French Bulldog Look Like?

The recovery usually takes about 2 to 3 weeks. During this time, it is important to keep your Frenchie calm and restrict her activity to prevent strain on the incision site. You can also place a cone (Elizabethan collar) around her neck to prevent licking and chewing.

These are some of the tips that can help your dog heal faster:

  • A well-balanced and healthy diet is of great importance for your furry friend’s recovery. Make sure she drinks plenty of water because it will affect the healing of the incision spot.
  • Monitor the incision site for any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or discharge. If the spot becomes smelly and starts to release pus, you have to take your Frenchie to the vet asap.
  • We all know that our furry friends are social beings that beg for our attention. Therefore, provide your Frenchie with emotional support and make sure she feels safe at any moment. To help her feel relaxed, we recommend you place her bed in the most peaceful part of the house. Choose a soft French bulldog bed that will help relieve pain. To prevent infections or some other issues, your dog’s bed should always be kept clean.
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