Spaying a Two-Year-Old Dog

Two years of age isn’t too old to spay a dog, and lessens the risk of certain cancers.

Q. My husband and I are ready to adopt a second dog. We’ve recently learned of a 2-year-old female Maltese who needs a home. She would likely be a good companion for our 4-year-old male Yorkie-Maltese mix.

If we do decide to bring this dog home, will it be dangerous to have her spayed at this age? What kind of care should we expect to give her considering she also recently had a litter? How soon could we have her spayed?

A. It’s absolutely no problem to have a 2-year-old dog spayed, even as soon as 2 weeks after having a litter. The sooner she is spayed, the less the risk of mammary cancer later in life. Of course, spaying also eliminates the risks of other problems, such as uterine or ovarian cancer, or uterine infection.

She would not require any special care after her surgery, given her age, and should recover quickly. It sounds like she would be a good companion for your Yorkie-Maltese mix.

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