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Is there such a thing as birth control for female dogs without having to have them spayed?

There are oral products on the market that your veterinarian can prescribe for birth control in your dog. The down side is that the drug’s literature says that it shouldn’t be used in animals intended for later breeding. That seems curious, since most dogs that are going to be kept intact are generally kept that way for breeding purposes.

If you are not going to breed your dog, there is medical benefit in spaying before the first heat additional to lifetime reproductive control. It has been well-documented that females that are spayed before their first heat have almost no chance of ever developing mammary cancer. Please discuss these options with your attending veterinarian as both options have their benefits and risks.

Information courtesy of The American Animal Hospital Association

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