Scout like I have said before, you are a wealth of information as far as I am concerned. I hope this question isn't really stupid, but I was asked this, and then started thinking about it. Do female dogs experience menopause at a certain age? I have no intention on breeding an old dog, before anyone addresses that.
well you have me stumped there. i do not know for sure but i would guess no. i think that as they become older they may become less fertile but i don't believe they stop having heat cycles. i can google around and see if i can find an answer for you.
i think like people, they stop being able to have pups at a certain age. i dont know if they go thru a menopause, like we are familiar with, i know that we have a few rescues (female) that are 10 and not spayed, but we aren't spaying them because of their age, it's not a problem. so i guess after a point, there is no reproduction.
I can't remmber where I read it, maybe my vet told me, but female dogs don't go through menopause. Like horses, they continue to produce ova from the onset of the first heat until death. When you consider how many ova a female dog releases at a time because they have large litters, it makes sense. While it is true that they grow less fertile as they get older and whelping is much more of a strain on them, I've heard of 13 and 14 year old dogs whelping.
I have an incredibly stupid question, but I truly don't have a clue. Let me say again, that I have NEVER had a female dog nor have I been around one. You guys answered a few questions for me when Pugs went into heat and got me through it. BUT the dumb question I have is....Can the female get pregnant at any time or just when in heat? My neighbor asked me that the other day because their female is in heat and I didn't have a clue. Their dog is young and they just got her. It is a Jack Russel Terrier, or whatever it is now called. She looks just like Rocky as for as coloring goes and I call her Mini-me!! She is so cute! (OK, none of that had anything to do with my question....sorry!)
This was written by Purina 6. Do female dogs go through menopause and if so at approximately what age? To the best of our knowledge, female dogs do not go through menopause and if intact are capable of getting pregnant well into old age. Certain factors such as overall health will effect whether or not she gets pregnant and if the puppies are carried to term. Besides the possibility of getting pregnant, older female dogs are also at risk for uterine infections, which can be extremely serious and perhaps even fatal. Therefore, unless the dog is to be used for breeding, spaying her is medically prudent and prevents unwanted puppies.
female dogs only ovulate when they go into heat, so yes that's the only time they can get pregnant. Rarely, some dogs will have what's called a 'silent heat'. Thats when they're ovulating, in heat, but don't show the typical signs of heat like the spotting, swollen vulva, etc.
cricketmom you crack me up :) i wasn't able to find anything really on it doing the google thing. i got brought to message boards, such as this one, where people asked the questions and got some replies. nothing from a vet source so i don't know. maybe since cerrenity is attending vet school she can answerthis or i'll just have to ask at work tomorrow and get back to you. i am curious also. i never really thought about it since all my pets were spayed, well except for our pyr and she was still going into heat at 8 years old. so she would have been close to menopausal age i would think. edit: okay so the purina vets say they can't. thank you for finding that. good to know !!
Thank you Minniyar. I just wasn't sure. I feel better now! No..I feel smarter now!! lol You poeple will make a dog expert out of me yet. Well, ok, not an expert but I sure won't be doggy dumb anymore!!!!
This is what I found: >Only humans and gorillas do. When a bitch's reproductive life is over she should be spayed. It's very good to spay an older bitch, because the uterus is always going to be hammered by progesterone every heat cycle.<
Another thing to keep in mind is the older a bitch gets the higher a chance she can get an infection in her ovaries called (I think it was called) Phyometriea (prob. spelled wrong!) If this happens your dog can be VERY sick and even die!!!! By the time most people take there dog to the vet for feeling ill it is already bad!! It is an emergency surgery and nothing to mess around with!!!!!!!!!! Your vet will most deffinetly know what Im talking about Its prob. you and your dogs best intrest to spay her... Hope this helps :) Itsme
I know of a 10 year old toy poodle that was found pregnant. She was nearly due when they found in the scan all her pups were dead. Her body had started to absorb them, she had a very bab pyometria and had she not been brought in would have died. This dog was in rescue. Must have gotten pregnant while wandering.