The first and foremost reason for spaying/neutering a Corgi is to prevent having any unwanted puppies. Everywhere we go, you can see either stray dogs or rescued dogs in shelters which are usually a result of unplanned and unwanted litters. Breeding should be left to breeders or owners who want puppies who are willing to take care of them.
A very important reason to spay/neuter our dog is to control certain unwanted behavior that is mainly driven by hormones. When Corgis are on their heat cycle, they can be unmanageable and spaying will eliminate this. Certain health conditions such as cancer are also eliminated through once this operation is done.
There are many benefits on spaying/neutering our Corgi but we need to be careful at what age we proceed in such operation since this can have an impact on the dog’s behavior.
What is the right age to spay/neuter my Corgi?
Spaying or neutering your Corgi can be done at any age. However, the ideal age is between six months and one year. At this age, the puberty has not set in and since the Corgi is still young, it will recover quicker than when done on adult dogs. Usually the dog doesn’t feel any pain as anesthesia is administered. In most occasions, you go home with your Corgi right after the operation unless there were some rare unexpected complications.
You need to give your Corgi special attention as it recovers fully from this operation. For the males, the testicles are removed while for the females, the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries are removed. Usually, the vet will give you some medication to give to your Corgi at home. Your Corgi should be able to return to its normal daily schedule after three days. Monitor the incision even after this period to make sure no infection occurs.
Spaying or Neutering your Corgi will only make it a better dog
You might be worried if spaying or neutering will change the sweet personality of your Corgi. Actually, it will improve it since the neutered male will be less aggressive and have a better temperament. The Corgi will also do less marking in the house which is a natural instinct to them. If you have male and female dogs in your household, have all of them spayed or neutered as the male can become quite miserable if non spayed females come into season. There is also an allegation that spayed/neutered Corgis are lazy and grow fat. This is not to far the truth. Unhealthy meals and lack of adequate exercises can definitely make your Corgi fat.
The health and lifestyle benefit of spaying or neutering your Corgi totally worth this operation. If you acquire your Corgi from a reputable breeder,probably they might have already done this operation when they were still puppies.
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