Spaying is the process of surgically removing reproductive organs from a dog. For female yorkies, this involves the removal of both ovaries and the uterus. It is a considerably invasive procedure but with several benefits to offer both the dog and you as the owner. You just have to make sure that you get the timing right for the best results and fewest complications.
The best time to spay a yorkie female is before they begin their heat cycle. This starts between 6 to 8 months of age which leaves the 4-6 months window as your best option. At this stage, they are old enough to handle the surgery, medication, and recovery.
Strictly speaking, spaying can actually be performed on yorkies that have already begun their heat cycles. However, it is never as easy and straightforward as doing it before. Changes in hormones and physical structure make recovery more complicated and it is associated with issues like excessive and prolonged bleeding post-op.
With the right timing of the procedure, however, spaying is a fantastic procedure with several perks. These include:
Yorkies calm down after spaying because a lot of their aggressiveness beforehand was fueled by hormones. With no gonads to produce them, your pooch will become more agreeable and generally easier to live with. They will bark less often than usual.
If you do not want your yorkie popping our puppy litter after puppy litter, spaying is the best form of contraception. This also helps prevent overpopulation in your space, especially if you have nowhere to take the newborns.
Prevent reproductive system cancers
One of the leading causes of death in yorkies is cancer with many of its forms being hormone-sensitive. By spaying your yorkie, you significantly reduce the risk of tumors on the breast while completely eliminating chances of ovarian and uterine cancer.