Keeping a dog as a pet comes with a lot of care and attention. Just as fun-loving and playful your Maltipoo will be, it stills requires care. This usually comes with female Maltipoos because generally, Maltipoos are smart enough to stay healthy and clean.
All female Maltipoos undergo the heat cycle and if you are bringing a female Maltipoo to your home, you should know everything about it so you know what you have to do at the right time. Male dogs do not undergo the heat cycle, and maybe that’s the reason why people usually prefer buying a male dog.
However, female Maltipoos require a lot of care when on heat and hygienic measures should be followed in the house to keep you and your Maltipoo clean and healthy.
What is spaying or neutering?
People might think that this term is limited to the female Maltipoos because they undergo heat cycles but that’s not the case. Spaying and neutering are terms used for both male and female dogs.
Spaying is used for female dogs and refers to the process in which the ovaries and uterus of the female are removed. This surgical procedure involves cutting a small incision in the abdomen.
Neutering, also called castration, is the removal of a male dog’s testes. It is also a surgical process but is much simpler than spaying. In this process, an incision is made near the front of the scrotum and the testicles are removed through it.
Why should I spay or neuter my Maltipoo?
Spaying or neutering your dog is completely safe. In fact, it comes with a lot of health benefits and can increase its lifespan. Many people feel that as it is a surgical process, their Maltipoo will suffer from severe pain. But that’s not the case. The surgery is performed under anesthesia and your dog will face only minor discomfort.
Spaying or nearing protects your Maltipoo from a lot of diseases. Spaying your female Maltipoo will eliminate the chance of mammary tumors and uterine infections. It can also reduce the risk of other life-threatening diseases like breast cancer. Spaying can also prevent unwanted litters. When she is on heat, it gives a strong signal to male dogs and they will keep roaming in your yard.
Neutering your male dog can help you with some behavioral issues. It can also increase the health and lifespan of your dog. It decreases aggressiveness in male dogs and reduces undesirable behaviors like mounting, roaming, and leg lifting.
When should I spay or neuter my Maltipoo?
The recommendations by your vet may vary, however, most vets suggest that you should get your Maltipoo spayed or neutered between the ages of four and nine months.
The best time to spay or neuter your Maltipoo is before it becomes sexually mature. However, there is no definite answer to this question as most people suggest that this age is too young for the Maltipoo to get spayed or neutered and can lead to health risks. Others think that waiting for too long might be dangerous.
To avoid any complications, we suggest you ask the vet for the most appropriate age for getting spayed or neutered.
What care should be ensured for the Maltipoo?
As it is a surgical process, it will be performed by the vet in a clinic or hospital. After the surgery, your dog will feel a bit lazy or dizzy until the effects of anesthesia are gone. The hospital may keep your dog overnight or discharge it early depending on how well it goes it the surgery.
Once the effect of anesthesia is gone, your Maltipoo might experience some discomfort and the veterinarian is most likely to prescribe some pain killers. You should also check for any redness or swelling around the surgery area and make sure to take your Maltipoo to a post-surgery check-up. Also, you should limit your Maltipoos activities for one week or more.
How much does it cost to spay or neuter a Maltipoo?
The cost of spaying or neutering depends on many factors like the breed, weight, and age of the dog. Considering the Maltipoo’s, it may be cheaper as they are small dogs.
Spaying or neutering your Maltipoo from a private hospital can cost a bit more and the price may range from 200-300$. If you get this done from a local animal shelter can be significantly cheaper.
However, as it a one-time process, we will recommend you to get your dog spayed or neutered from a certified and professional vet as it will be safe for your dog. Some vets also offer the necessary shots and vaccination along with the spaying services.
Spaying or neutering your Maltipoo can offer several health benefits and it is not painful like other surgeries. Owners can also rest assured that their dog will not catch any harmful diseases as spaying or neutering increases health and lifespan of the Maltipoo. You should consult your vet for the appropriate time for spaying as it is different for large and small breeds.