Do female dogs go through menopause too?

Australia
June 29, 2010 7:06am CST
Ok this might be a weird question & I'm probably thinking that the answer will be no. But I was wondering, do female dogs who haven't been neutered ever stop coming into season? My girl has just come into heat & as you maybe aware, this is messy...I am currently trying to save up to get her neutered as I feel at 5.5 years old, she is getting too old to have a litter of puppies (we have a boy too) so I am hoping she doesn't fall pregnant this time. I guess I'm just asking this more out of curiosity & trying to not look stupid to the world at the same time lol.
3 responses
@inu1711 (5296)
• Romania
29 Jun 10
As you supose, female dogs who haven't been neutered come into season until they die. And they are able to have a litter of puppies even when they are old. But I wouldn't recommend that. If you don't plan to have puppies from your staffie girl, I think it is a good ideea to get her neutered. I neutered my first dog at age 3 and I plan to neuter Binne before her first season.
• Australia
29 Jun 10
I thought this was the case...I am doing my best to save up to get my dog neutered.
@inu1711 (5296)
• Romania
29 Jun 10
Good luck with the savings! Save for neutering will save a lot of vet bills for your aging dog. You don't have to hurry with savings, you know, you can't neuter her while she is in heat...
• Canada
30 Jun 10
Hi moonchild, This is actually a really great question, as many dog owners are unaware of how their dog's reproductive cycles work. No, female dogs don't go through menopause. Although their reproductive anatomy is similar to that of a female human being, they have a completely different cycle from humans. Your dog is still young enough to have puppies at five years old, and many breeders still breed dogs at this age. It is when female dogs reach the age of about 7 or 8, that they will usually be considered not appropriate for breeding, depending on the size and breed of the dog. However, the dog will stay fertile and keep coming into season. Instead of female dogs going through menopause, their cycle will become irregular, less frequent, and fertility will be unpredictable as they age. If you are not planing on having a litter of puppies, it is always a good idea to get your female dog spayed and your male dog neutered. If you can't afford to do this right now, you could just have your male dog neutered, as it usually costs less. That way you wouldn't have to separate your dogs when the female comes into heat, and you won't have to worry about your male getting her pregnant. Just make sure to keep her away from intact males when she is in season. However, you may still want to think about getting your female dog spayed at some point because it will reduce the risk of certain health concerns such as mammary tumors. Hope this helps you. Have a nice day :)
• Australia
30 Jun 10
Thanks for the advise - although I would prefer not to have puppies this time, it's hard to keep them separated...I do plan on having my girl fixed but need to save up for the operation & she also need to lose weight too.
@knewfy (83)
• United States
29 Jun 10
No they don't go through menopause. But if you don't spay an older female they may possibly get pyometra. I have had females both spayed and unspayed live to old ages. It is possible to just keep her unspayed all her life but like I say it may lead to pyometra as she gets older
• Australia
30 Jun 10
Thanks for the advise - I do however plan on getting my dog neutered when I can afford to do so - it just gets too messy when they are in season.