The Root of the Behavior
Typically, dogs are spayed or neutered between the ages of six and nine months. Spay clinics can handle dogs as young as two months of age, and older dogs can be ‘fixed’ at later ages as well. Larger dogs tend to approach puberty a little later and thus can be ‘fixed’ later in development than their smaller peers. Dogs who live alone do not pose as much of a risk of breeding as dogs that live with other dogs so they can also wait a bit longer for the procedure. There are additional health benefits to spaying or neutering your pet. Female dogs that are spayed do not have to cycle through their heat cycles, which includes the weeks of discharge of blood. It also eliminates the chances of her developing serious health problems such as pyometra, a uterine infection that can be life-threatening, as well as mammary cancer. Male dogs that are neutered are less likely to develop testicular cancer or benign prostatic hypoplasia also known as enlarged prostate. Neutered males also tend to be less aggressive than their intact peers.
Encouraging the Behavior
Provide her with a bed, but also keep in mind that the first few days she may be nauseated from anesthesia and could vomit. She may also be so medicated that she could urinate or defecate in her area, so tile floors are best. Many people set up shop in the kitchen or a bathroom on the main level. A puppy pad over her bedding is also recommended. Your dog will be a bit unstable for the first few days as well, which is why you need to limit chances that she will jump onto furniture and fall. Do not bathe your pet as doing so could remove glue, if it was used, or even introduce bacteria into her wound. Try to not lift her, as that could open her stitches, and keep her calm for 10-14 days with slow walks and limited playtime. Do not let her jump after she is spayed as this could tear her stitches, open her wound, and expose her internal organs.