does a female get fat after she is spayed?
does getting a female dog spayed make her gain more weight afterward?
on Jan 18th 2009
in Health & Wellness
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It does slow her metabolism down.
In my experience, people seem to use this exaggerated fact as an excuse.
"Hey, your dog is fat."
"Yeah, it's because she's spayed."
It's not a good excuse, because keeping the dog from gaining weight after being spayed is not hard.
Altering the amounts she is fed should prevent weight gain.
Gray Dawn Treader answered on 1/18/09. Helpful? / 1
I don't know but I have 2 females that were spayed and I have one who is so thin I am sure people don't think I feed her. I have another who is overweight so I think it is an individual thing. It is no reason not to spay a dog though.
Sadie answered on 1/18/09. Helpful? / 0
Bianca is spayed, but she is just like every other dog. If she doesn't get any exercise and eats too much food, she gains weight. If she gets the right amount of food and exercise, she maintains a healthy weight. You just have to figure out what is the best balance for your dog.
Bianca answered on 1/18/09. Helpful? / 0
Well I kind of got a bit fat after I was spayed. But then, I am human. I know, I know, Diet and Excercise! :-)
CP and JAML's mum
JessAnneMarieLouise answered on 1/18/09. Helpful? / 0
It won't make her get fat, no, but spaying and neutering dogs does slow their metabolism down, so you need to make sure you are monitoring their food intake closely after they have the surgery.
Some dogs don't change, and others do. Smaller breeds will need extra attention because they tend to gain weight faster than larger breeds, but then again, this all depends on what you are feeding your dog, how much exercise they are getting, etc. Don't let your dog get heavy because she is spayed. If you have to cut her food down, then do so. Like the first poster, I have heard many people use that as their excuse. Your dog should be a healthy weight no matter what.
Sergeant answered on 1/19/09. Helpful? / 1
You have already had some great answers here, so I can only add personal experienced. With all that dogs I have known over the years, none of them put on weight after being spayed.
From personal experience, Peety's sister Bella was spayed much before her 1st heat cycle and IMMEDIATELY packed on QUITE a bit of weight, i read a previous response 2 this question & might have 2 agree that small breeds might be affected more. Peety was spayed at the age of 2 1/2-3 yrs, she also started gaining almost immediately, so put her on low cal Science Diet immediately, Bella had to be put on the Prescription Science Diet for weight loss, available only from vets
Peety answered on 1/21/09. Helpful? / 0