Spaying or neutering your French Bulldog is an important consideration for any responsible French Bulldog owner. Not only does spaying or neutering your French Bulldog prevent unwanted pregnancy but it also can prevent conditions such as cancer, pyometra in females and other reproductive diseases and conditions. Spayed females and neutered males are less likely to spray in your home, run away when other female dogs in the area are in heat and they are also less likely to engage in pack like behavior with other dogs.
Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Your French Bulldog:
There are many different reasons to spay or neuter your Bulldog. While there is the obvious pregnancy prevention with spaying or neutering there are also other, more practical and subtle benefits. The following are all characteristics of dogs that have been spayed or neutered.
The French Bulldog breeds tend to be calmer and less dominant towards both people and other pets when spay/neutered.
Female French Bulldogs will get along much better with other females, either spayed or not.
Males French Bulldogs will be much less aggressive towards other males.
Males Frenches are MUCH MUCH less likely to spray in your home or property.
Males will less likely to run or engage in pack like behaviors even if there are other female dogs in the area.
Males will be MUCH less likely to develop testicular cancers.
Females will not develop ovarian cancer and will be less likely to develop breast cancer provided they are spayed prior to having their first litter.
Spayed and neutered French Bulldogs do not become less protective or less able as watchdogs. This common myth is what prevents many people from spaying or neutering their dogs. The reality is the protective instinct is not based on reproductive hormones; rather it is a hereditary trait that has been developed within the dog. It is also very dependent on the training that the individual French Bulldog as had as well as the personality of the individual Bulldog.
What is spaying and neutering?
Spaying is the procedure used for female dogs. The procedure is surgical and requires the veterinarian to make a small incision in the lower abdominal area between the hind legs. The reproductive organs are completely removed from the body cavity. The incision is usually stitched up with dissolving stitches. Often the French Bulldog will have to wear a plastic cone or Elizabethan collar around her neck for a day or two to prevent her from licking or chewing at the incision. Your female French Bulldog should be kept calm and avoid any kind of jumping or strenuous exercise for the first week after the surgery.
Male dogs are neutered. This process also involves surgical procedures and general anesthesia. The testicles are completely removed with the procedure. There is no possibility of reversing either of the procedures. As with female French Bulldog breeds the male French Bulldogs will need to be kept quiet and calm for several days after the surgery.
Note that male French Bulldogs, even after neutering, may still be able to impregnate females for a period of a few days or even weeks after the surgery. This occurs because viable sperm may still be in the male French Bulldog’s reproductive tract. Be sure to keep neutered males away from females for a couple of weeks after surgery just to be safe. We recommend spaying/neutering your french bulldog at 18 months of age so they have time to develope through their hormone changes.
Most importantly PLEASE make sure you find a vet who is very familiar & experiences with brachycephalic bulldog type dog breeds! Your vet should use propofol anesthesia on your frenchie. French bulldogs must all be trachea tubed during surgery to keep the airways wide open. Do your research on your vet and his procedures before ever doing any type of surgery on your french bulldog.
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