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01-15-2014 10:52 AM
Freestep Angela, the surgery for removing the ovaries and uterus of female dogs is called a SPAY. After the surgery, the dog has been SPAYED. A "spade" is a shovel with a pointed tip, and after you use it to dig, the dirt has been "spaded".

Sorry, but it's a personal pet peeve when people use the word "spaded" to refer to a spayed female! As a self-appointed officer of the Grammar Police I had to say something.

Sorry I can't be more helpful about the aggression problem, I've not had that experience with spayed females--if anything, I've found them to be less aggressive than intact females.
01-15-2014 06:35 AM
Marthar5 I spayed two 6 month puppy's about 6 days ago, we were not told of the side affects the puppy's were to go through, unfortunately the male puppy was affected the most, he bit my daughter on the leg, we had to take her to the emergency room at the hospital to be taken care of immediately, aggression certainly escalated on the 2nd day for him and sadly we had to give him back to my daughter and her boyfriend to take him back fulltime as he was also aggressive to our other two, his sister and our older dog too. I understood the surgery and pain he was going through was too great for him to handle therefore his aggression was triggered. The sister however is different her nature has always been submissive around her brother, our older dog and my children husband and I. She use to be a really whiny pup but now after her spay, her anxiety has reduced making her a much pleasant puppy to have around. Her bark is louder and much more protective, but very attached to me more, like a baby for ever following my every move, worst when I'm gone shopping, my husband say's she cry's at the door or watches on my bed through the window waiting for me to return home. So funny to see her sad face at the window, I know my husband can't stand the puppy's on our bed, but he gave in to her. I guess aggression vary's for each puppy, I'm just so sad I couldn't prevent what happened to our male puppy, as I was very attached to him more than the other two, and find myself in tears just thinking about him, and how he's doing wherever he is, my daughter has not called as she know's her dad will not allow him back at our home, and that I am suffering as much as the pup..never have I missed a puppy like this in my life, sure is not a good feeling.
01-04-2014 04:14 PM
Jax08
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Originally Posted by gsdsar View Post
It does not take away all ability to make hormones, just a large part.

I asked this same question when I spayed my sometimes dog snarky female. A vet told me that when spayed the dog makes less estrogen but they continue to make the same amount if testosterone. Yes females have testosterone too. So it can create an imbalance and an already aggressive dog can be more so after a spay.

I have never done the actual research. Either way, what's done is done. Any effect would not be seen until well after the 6 week post surgical mark.

If the surgery was recent, she is most likely just feeling defensive because she knows she is not at 100%. Work with her, keep socializing.


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Thanks for that explanation! We spayed Sierra on the advice that it would help with the aggression. If anything the fights escalated afterwards. I, personally, will never spay another female with aggression issues simply for that reason.
01-04-2014 04:00 PM
Vagus
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keeping them intact isn't a Guarantee there'll be no aggression
since some of the worst cases of aggression i've seen involve
intact bitches
Of course not, there's no guarantee for anything ever. In this instance however, the OP only observed the change in behaviour after the spay.
01-04-2014 03:58 PM
my boy diesel keeping them intact isn't a Guarantee there'll be no aggression
since some of the worst cases of aggression i've seen involve
intact bitches
01-04-2014 03:55 PM
Vagus I've shared this blog post on the forums before, so apologies to others who have already seen it but I thought the OP might find it useful.

Can Spaying Lead to Bad Behavior? | Animal Behavior and Medicine Blog | Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS
Specificially look at the bit looking at effects on females. Here's a quick quote:

"In a cooperative study with the Institute of Animal Medicine at Gyeongsang National University in Korea, Houpt and her colleagues found that ovariohysterectomy (spay) in healthy German Shepherds bred as working dogs led to increased reactivity...In the study, 14 healthy German Shepherd bitches at the Korean Air Force Dog Training Center were studied. Half of the study dogs were spayed at 5 to 10 months of age, and the other half were intact. The dogs were littermates and were split equally into both groups to control for genetics. The dogs all lived in the same kennel environment and received similar handling. Their behavioral reactions were tested at 4 and 5 months after surgery."

You can see the full results in the link provided. I hope this gives you some sort of insight
01-04-2014 03:12 PM
AngelaRage I talked to her vet and we are going to try a few different discipline actions if that don't work they'll check her out for hormonal abnormalities... Thanks all for your input it defiantly helps!


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01-03-2014 05:07 PM
gsdsar
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Originally Posted by Jax08 View Post
Yes. When you spayed her, they took her ability to make hormones. There are studies out there on altered females and aggression.
It does not take away all ability to make hormones, just a large part.

I asked this same question when I spayed my sometimes dog snarky female. A vet told me that when spayed the dog makes less estrogen but they continue to make the same amount if testosterone. Yes females have testosterone too. So it can create an imbalance and an already aggressive dog can be more so after a spay.

I have never done the actual research. Either way, what's done is done. Any effect would not be seen until well after the 6 week post surgical mark.

If the surgery was recent, she is most likely just feeling defensive because she knows she is not at 100%. Work with her, keep socializing.


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01-03-2014 04:26 PM
Jax08
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Is it possible she has a chemical/hormonal imbalance.
Yes. When you spayed her, they took her ability to make hormones. There are studies out there on altered females and aggression.
01-03-2014 04:22 PM
Lilie She could have a mild infection from the surgery and just isn't feeling her best. You might want to discuss her behavior with your vet.
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