If your dog was not spayed or neutered earlier in life, problems may occur as he/she gets older. Intact females are prone to infections in the uterus and cancer of the breast tissue. Intact males are at higher risk for prostate disease. Although the intact female may still cycle and be fertile, pregnancy in dogs older than 6 years often results in problems for both the mother and the pups.
- Have your pet spayed or neutered before its first birthday. This will greatly reduce the risk of certain cancers and diseases later in life.
- If your pet is used for breeding, speak to your veterinarian about a spay or neuter once the breeding is finished.
- If you notice any lump or bump on a female dog's breast tissue have it examined as soon as possible.
- Any discharge from a female's vagina should be investigated.
- Male dogs with prostate problems often bleed when they urinate or strain to urinate. Talk to your veterinarian if you notice any change in your dogs urinating behavior.