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At What Age Should I Spay A French Bulldog?

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As a responsible dog owner, you probably want to know everything about neutering and spaying a French bulldog. When is the right time, and what are the pros and cons of performing these surgeries? Those are only some of the questions you would probably ask yourself before making a final decision to spay a French bulldog.

When should I spay a French bulldog?

The best time to spay a French bulldog is when she is approximately 5-6 months old. Spaying a Frenchie too early can bring different health risks and hip dysplasia, bone cancer, and urinary incontinence are only some of them. According to many vets’ opinions, it’s also advisable to allow your female Frenchie to go through the first heat and then to perform the surgery. That’s how you’ll make sure that your pet reached the adult stage and that she’s ready for mating. However, don’t wait for the second heat to occur because the recovery after a spay surgery will go easier when a dog is still young.

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What are the pros of spaying a Frenchie?

By spaying a Frenchie at a young age will prevent the following health issues and conditions:

  • Unwanted pregnancies

Unfortunately, many French bulldogs end up abandoned in the streets due to irresponsible dog owners. Since Frenchies that have been inappropriately bred are susceptible to health issues, many dog owners leave them in streets after they find out their dogs developed hip dysplasia and any other health problem. That’s why we advise dog owners who don’t want to allow their pets to mate, to perform spaying or neutering.

  • Prolapse uterus

Female dogs can suffer from a prolapsed uterus due to genetic predispositions, vaginal hyperplasia, and estrogen stimulation.

  • Cystic ovaries
  • No messy heat period
  • Hydrometra
  • Transmissible Venereal diseases
  • Breast cancers
  • Uterus infections
  • Spaying can reduce territorial marking and roaming

Not only males, but also females are prone to marking and roaming if they haven’t been spayed/neutered. Once spayed, your female will not have a desire to roam due to stable hormones.

  • Reduces aggressive behavior

Even though there aren’t scientific proofs for this fact, it’s believed that females will be less prone to show aggression if they become spayed. Spayed females will no longer need to fight for the attention of male dogs and will act more friendly toward strangers.

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What are the cons of spaying a Frenchie?

We need to note that there are many conflicting opinions about performing a spay surgery. To avoid any health risks, it’s advisable not to perform it too early. Otherwise, a dog may start suffering from hip dysplasia or joint issues.

Hypothyroidism is another issue that occurs when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of certain crucial hormones. Since female reproductive organs are in close connection to the thyroid gland, spayed females may develop this syndrome later through their lifetime.

French bulldog spay Surgery- Recovery?

Female Frenchies will approximately need 14 days to recover after a surgery. We all know that this time might sound like too long to keep your lively pet from certain activities, but it’s very important in order to prevent it from unplanned complications. These are the rules to follow to help your dog to easier go through a recovery stage.

1- Ellisabetah collar

Using Ellisabetah collar is one of the first items you should buy for your little princess after spaying. In that way, you’ll prevent your dog from licking, scratching, and injuring the sensitive spot.

2- Do not bathe your Frenchie

If you bathe your little Frenchie just a few days after surgery, you’ll make a ‘free entrance’ for bacteria to enter the wound. During the period of healing, everyone’s body goes through a period of healing by developing scabs that actually work as a protective layer onto the skin. Therefore, wait for your dog to develop scabs and to go to a health check to remove the stitches.

3- Check your pet’s incision twice a day

We recommend you to daily check your pet’s incision to prevent any unplanned situations. If you spot any swelling, redness, and discharge, then your pet will probably tell you to include antibiotic therapy to escape infections. It’s also to disinfect the spot with the povidone-iodine solution. Pour the solution to the cotton ball and gently cross over the wound.

4- Supervise your Frenchie’s behavior

Aside from the previously mentioned facts, it’s also recommended to observe your pet’s behavior. Does your dog feel weak? Even though it’s normal for a dog to feel tired after surgery, it’s also desirable to keep an eye on other signs to escape unplanned issues.  Check her body temperature, the color of gums, and whether the nose is wet, and call your vet if you spot any strange symptom.

5- Choose a comfy French bulldog bed

Your dog will need to have a rest more than ever. That’s why it’s essential to choose a comfy and soft French bulldog bed that will help her to recover faster. Search for a bed that is filled with memory foam because they shape according to a dog’s shape of a body.

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6– Pay attention to your French bulldog’s hydration

Every dog needs to drink plenty of water after neutering and spaying to avoid hard stools. Besides, the water will help their bodies to easier relieve the effects of anesthesia such as dizziness and lethargy. As one of the best water bowls for French bulldogs, we recommend you to have a look at the following Frenchie World® Anti-wet Mouth Floating Drinking Bowl.