So you’ve just brought home your new four-legged family member of a female Cane Corso puppy.
There’s a lot to do when dogs are young, such as veterinarian checkups, flea and tick prevention, as well as worm prevention.
It seems that puppies go to the vet almost as often as children go to their doctors when they are young. The next thing on your list is to decide if you want to spay your dog.
Each vet has a slightly different timeline in which they will spay your pooch–but the rule of thumb is somewhere between four and nine months.
Why Is There Such A Broad Timeline to Get My Cane Corso Spayed?
The best time to get your female Cane Corso spayed is before she goes into her first heat cycle, although some vets disagree with this timeline because it can increase the risk of mammary tumors in female dogs. Your best bet is to ask your vet and follow those recommendations.
When To Spay a Cane Corso?
At the age of four to five months, your beautiful pooch will be old enough to handle the spaying procedure easily, and this timing makes sure she doesn’t go into heat or get pregnant in advance of having her spayed. It also depends on the health of your dog, and some vets may urge you to wait until after your four-legged friend turns one year old.
If you happen to get an adult female, Cane Corso, she should be able to be still spayed as long as she isn’t very old and will do just fine with this simple procedure.
What Exactly is Spaying?
Spaying is when a female dog has her uterus and ovaries removed so she can’t become pregnant.
There are also two incomplete procedures in which the ovaries are removed, and a portion of the uterus is left intact, or when only the ovaries are removed, and the entire uterus is left intact.
The incomplete procedures can lead to different symptoms when your dog goes into heat if the ovaries remain intact, and leaving the uterus partially or in whole, can cause a female dog to have pyometra.
This disease is usually found in older female dogs when they are unspayed or the spay was incomplete.
Pyometra is a very serious bacterial infection in the uterus that can lead to a system-wide infection in your dog or even blood poisoning.
It can also cause the uterus to rupture, and then the infection spreads into the abdomen, leading to shock and death.
What Are The Benefits of Spaying My Cane Corso?
There are many benefits to spaying your female dog for both the owners, the dog, and your peace of mind.
The most important benefit is that you eliminate the risk of some types of cancer when you spay your dogs, such as breast cancer and cancers of the female reproductive system, including the cervix, uterus, or ovaries.
Spaying your dog prevents her from contracting pyometra because her female reproductive organs are all removed.
Most female Cane Corso’s don’t mark their territory as much as males do. However, females can sometimes spray urine in the house to mark it as their territory. It also indicates that she thinks she’s the dominant dog in the household pack.
Large dogs, such as the Cane Corso, have very messy heat cycles, and they display some behavior problems as well as try to run away from home when they are in heat.
When she’s in heat, you need to take extra precautions, so she doesn’t do a jailbreak and runoff in the neighborhood.
The bleeding and spotting are quite heavy and messy in large breeds of dogs as well, and none of this is pleasant for your pooch either.
You don’t need to contend with male dogs at your door. When a female dog goes into heat, a male can smell her from up to three miles away.
The male will do just about anything to be near her and breed her, and he can hurt your dog in the process. It’s also very irritating to hear a male dog howling at your door at all night hours.
Spaying your female is a great idea if you have multiple dogs in your family. She will not have mood swings associated with going into heat, and if you also have male dogs, it won’t frustrate them as bad because she won’t go into heat.
You should also neuter your male dogs so that all the males and females can live more harmonious lives together.
Most people don’t think about the extra costs associated with their female dog having puppies.
If your female is intact and animal control picks her up, the boarding fee is higher, as well as the release fees and the license fees when you pick her up.
You’ll need extra supplies for a female dog that is in heat and will need to do a lot more cleaning than normal. When your dog is pregnant, she will need more food, and after the puppies are born and grow, they will need more food too.
Whelping supplies will be needed, and you may need to take off work, and this isn’t even considering that your female could have really big issues when having her pups, and she would need an emergency C-section, which is extremely expensive indeed.
Spaying your Cane Corso also reduces the unwanted pet population soaring out of control.
You may have adorable puppies that are registered or purebred, and you can sell them. But who’s to say that the new owners will give them a forever home and not turn them into a pound when their pup becomes very large?
You are doing a great service to your community by altering your dogs. It’s not adding to the overpopulation and costs to the state to care for more homeless dogs.
It also leaves room in the shelters for stray dogs, who can be a nuisance to pedestrians or even pose a hazard to drivers.
Your dog will be happier overall because she won’t go into heat and have to bother with male dogs coming from miles around to court her.
Unaltered dogs don’t get to take advantage of as many services as spayed females do. A boarding kennel will charge more for an unaltered dog to stay there, and doggie daycares don’t usually accept unaltered dogs at all.
Dog training classes won’t take unaltered dogs either because it distracts the entire class.
Many dog parks also don’t allow unaltered dogs to play there because of the commotion and fighting that can happen when a female is in heat.
What is The Spaying Procedure And Aftercare?
Your precious pooch will be sedated, and an incision is made near her belly button. The ovaries and uterus are removed, and internal stitches are placed to close off large blood vessels.
If stitches are placed in the belly, then they will require removal by your vet 10 to 14 days after the procedure.
Keep a close eye on your dog after her surgery and if she refuses food, has discharge at the surgical site, has pale gums, diarrhea, or vomiting, then call your vet immediately.
Also, watch for signs of straining to defecate or urinate, changes in her breathing rate, and being sluggish or collapsing.
You should restrict your dog’s activities for 10 to 14 days and keep the E-collar on her so she can’t pull out her stitches. Check her incisions on a daily basis for any signs of infection.
Give your furry gal her pain medication exactly as the vet instructed you to do, and follow all of your vet’s instructions that you will usually get a printed copy of, including feeding instructions.
Your dog may be required to skip one meal late in the day after her surgery, but she should start eating the following day.
What Are Some Myths About Spaying My Cane Corso?
Some people believe that letting a female dog have one litter of puppies before spaying her is a benefit to her health. It’s just not true. Spaying your dog before she has puppies will prevent many types of debilitating canine cancers.
Another common myth is that if you spay your dog she will get fat and lazy. This simply isn’t true. You should always monitor the amount of food your pooch eats and make sure she has adequate time for exercise and play.
It’s a good idea to get your female Cane Corso spayed in order for her to have a more healthy and vibrant life without any complications that going into heat can bring or whelping issues.
It will keep your home much more peaceful as well, and give you peace of mind. Be certain to contact your vet for his recommendations on the exact timeline when to spay your beautiful family member.