Spay or more scientifically Ovaryhysterectomy is the removal of one or both ovaries plus the uterus. This is a routine procedure done on bitches for various reasons: economic, medical and behavioural.
Think about it this way, one bitch gives birth to 6 to 10 puppies, multiply that number 10 times, thats about 100 puppies in five years excluding the female offspring of the bitch. In short one unspayed bitch can contribute upto 1000 dogs in 5 years leading to a homelessness crisis.
Apart from the homelessness crisis there are other mating behaviours that are annoying and irritating especially when a bitch is on heat.These include howling, barking and dog fights in your compound that can go on for 3 to 6 days after every 3 weeks.
There are medical benefits to spaying your bitch which include
- Prevention of uterine infections such as pyometra
- Prevention of mammary gland tumours.
I would advice any pet owner to consider this routine procedure so as to help solve the homelessness crisis and reduce overcrowding in shelters.
The ideal age for spaying is about 6 to 9 months in dogs and about 8 weeks in cats.
Adopting an animal from a shelter such as the KSPCA is advantageous because the animal is already spayed or neutered and fully vaccinated hence very cost effective.
Spaying can also be done by your veterinarian and the cost varies.
For dogs the cost varies from Ksh.5000 to Ksh.20000.
In cats the cost varies from Kshs.4000 to Ksh.15,000.