Strange dog fight

@Arkine (216)
United States
May 10, 2011 9:27pm CST
This morning two of my dogs (both 7 1/2-years-old) got into a massive dog fight. I was able to break it up, and only one dog sustained minor scraps, but it freaked me out. These two dogs are sisters and they lived in the same pen for 6 years of their lives without any problem. Suddenly, there's a problem. So I did some research today and found out that while dogs don't have a menopause like humans do, they still do go through biological changes that can affect not only their health, but their hormones and mood. After completeing my research I determined the best thing to do was take both of them to the vet and have them spayed. I don't really have the finances for it, but if I have to put off paying one of the other bills this month, then so be it because both of these dogs have been long time companions ... heck, I watched them be born. But, it proves once again that if you are not going to breed a dog ... and even if you did breed the dog and she's gotten older, it's best to spay them so they can live out the rest of their lives in relative peace without the stress of hormone imbalance or worse the painful hardening of the uterus walls (which can also lead to infections). Just some information that I thought I'd share.
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@Octav1 (1421)
• Romania
11 May 11
You were lucky you were there to separate them. Otherwise, the result may have been worse. I think it is a good decision to have them spayed, maybe you should think about this a few years early. It is not too easy for a 7 1/2 years old dog to bare an anesthesia. I hope those who still have dogs that are un-spayed will take the same good decision as you, after reading about your experience.
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@Arkine (216)
• United States
12 May 11
Yep. I should have had this done a long time ago. We're going to have all the blood work done before they go into surgery just to make sure that their kidneys, liver, etc. are functioning correctly because it is a higher risk for older dogs.
@secretbear (19472)
• Philippines
11 May 11
Hi Arkine! I have a friend who also loves dogs and she have female dogs. She also experiences problems like yours and she actually wants to sold one of her dogs, which is the one always initiating the fight. It is from her that I have learned that dogs do experience that kind of thing, hormonal imbalance or somethings. I was actually surprised to have learned from her that female dogs even have their periods! I really had no idea that female dogs also menstruate. That's when I realized that taking care of dogs is really not an easy task. You will really have to pay attention to them and spend money. This is probably the reason why most people want male dogs since they are easier to take care of. Anyway, good luck with your dogs. I hope they get well soon.
@Arkine (216)
• United States
11 May 11
Yep, dogs require attention and money, but their companionship is worth it. Actually, the female dogs are prefered as they normally aren't as tempremental as the males (the guys always want to be the boss). I don't have a preference really, I've had male and female dogs, some "fixed" some not. We had a breeding pair but those days are long gone. I just didn't realize the girls would get so aggressive, as we'd only had one dog (before) that had reached this age that was non-spayed. Of course, now that I think about it she displayed some agressive tendencies too around the same time. I guess I should have seen this coming.