|Barked: Fri Feb 27, '09 4:33pm PST |
|It is and isn't a rumor.
Some dogs do put on weight after a spay. But, for the most part, they don't. The reason SOME dogs will put on weight is a hormonal thing. Their hormones go out of whack and they get a little chuby. However, that can sometimes be prevented through extra exercise after they're completely healed from the surgery. Though, I have known a few females to never put that weight off. However, most female dogs don't put on any weight afterwards. And, if they do, they lose it as soon as their exercise routine is back to normal.
The reason many dogs get obese after getting spayed or neutered is because the days after the surgery, they don't do much because they're in pain. And, face it, a lot of people don't walk their dogs like they should or feed them too much or both. So, when a dog is lazy and not even getting up from the couch for a few days... and, then goes back to his normal routine of eating too much and not walking... well, chances are, he's not gonna lose the weight he gained when he was lazy.
But, like I said earlier and like Peg said, there are some exceptions. Most of my moms pomeranians and our family dogs, however, did not put on any extra weight. Tasha did, but she lost it the next week. And, we did have ONE shepherd that did. We put her on a diet, walked her every day three times a day, and she stayed fat.
I wouldn't worry too much about it, though. Because, I find it to be a rare case that the dog gets obese after the surgery. A little chubby? Maybe. Obese? It happens, but not as often as rumored to.
Edited by author Fri Feb 27, '09 4:34pm PST
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