If you are considering having your female Yorkshire Terrier spayed or having your male Yorkie neutered, it is wise to understand both the pros and cons, how the procedure is performed, healing time and changes to expect afterward.
With a female spaying refers to when the dog’s uterus and the ovaries are surgically removed. For the male, neutering means that the testicles are surgically removed. It is a common belief that this is only done to stop dogs from mating. While this is one of the end results, there are also other important ways in which this will help your Yorkshire Terrier live a healthier and longer life.
Benefits of Spaying a Female Yorkie:
• Stops the chance of her of getting pregnant. Without proper pre-pregnancy testing (including measuring pelvic width), carrying a litter and giving birth can be exceedingly stressful and even dangerous for a dog. And since dogs do not enter the human equivalent of menopause, females of any age can get accidentally pregnant
• Eliminates her chances of developing ovarian cancer and greatly reduces her chances for developing mammary cancer. This will also decrease her odds of developing ovarian infections. The younger she is when being spayed, the better the chances.
• Cuts down on urges to run away when in heat (some females will actively pursue males)
• Stops possible hormone related mood swings
• Helps with marking issues (90% of the time if a female is spayed before the first heat); keep in mind that territorial females mark just as males do.
Benefits of Neutering a Male Yorkie:
• Eliminates the chance that he could impregnate a female.
• Eliminates the possibility of testicular tumors
• Reduces the risk of prostate disease – This is a very common and serious health issue
for male dogs. Roughly 60% of male dogs, that are older than 5 years old and not neutered, show symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Some studies suggest the risk increases (more ahead).
• Cuts down on urges to run away (males can smell a female in heat 1 to 3 miles away)