Many owners believe that spaying their female dog will fix behavioral issues such as inappropriate urination and aggression toward male dogs or people. While spay can possibly improve these problems temporarily, its success will depend on when and how soon your female was spayed.
Keep in mind that a spay won’t immediately correct all hormonal fluctuations; they will still fluctuate, but not as dramatically or disruptively. Owners whose dogs were spayed as puppies likely noticed more significant behavioral improvements due to puberty-associated hormonal fluctuations being more extreme than later ones.
After being spayed, puppies typically experience reduced estrogen levels and an increase in oxytocin. This will likely reduce or eliminate aggressive behavior patterns seen among some young puppies. Sometimes older dogs will show more dramatic behavioral changes due to having been exposed to gonadal hormones longer.
Some unspayed females become aggressive towards people and other animals when starting their heat cycle, perhaps as a reaction to an increased flow of estrogen or due to lack of oxytocin; these females generally become much less aggressive post-spay.
Unspayed female dogs in heat may become irritable or anxious around other dogs, especially if their hormone levels change quickly. Due to these hormonal shifts, urination rates increase which could leave urine stains on furniture and carpet. Plus, frequent urination could even cause bloody diarrhea! Spaying will reduce or eliminate this agitation as well as its accompanying need to urinate frequently – therefore decreasing or eliminating bloody diarrhea altogether! Spaying will significantly decrease or completely alleviate such behaviors and the need to urinate often!
Spaying female dogs can also reduce the risk of false pregnancy. Female dogs who fail to get pregnant during a heat cycle may develop what’s known as a false pregnancy, in which they take to adopting objects as their litter of puppies and treating them like their litter of pups – leading to aggression towards anyone trying to touch it or try touching the object itself. Spaying will eliminate this behavior pattern by preventing ovulation and subsequent hormonal changes – thus ending this pattern of aggression towards objects or people touching it.
Male dogs trying to breed can sometimes vie for female attention and compete aggressively for it, leading them to display aggression toward humans or other dogs. By neutering your male dog, you’ll remove his desire for breeding as well as related behaviors like aggression and urine marking.
Spaying or neutering your pet can help ensure they do not experience unintended pregnancies and protects them against dangerous cancers associated with reproductive systems. However, if you notice significant personality changes after spay surgery in your pup after their spay procedure is performed this might not just be due to hormones but could indicate something more is amiss – contact your vet to explore these further and discuss what has changed after being altered.