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Is there birth control for dogs?

Published: Aug 21, 2012

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The most effective way to prevent dog pregnancy is to spay or neuter the animal. However, for a variety of reasons, some people choose to forego having these medical procedures performed on their pets.

In female dogs, the most effective way to ensure your animal does not go into heat and attempt to reproduce is to have her spayed. Dog spaying is a surgical procedure which involves removing the ovaries and uterus of the dog.

"This has numerous health advantages for the dog, including reducing the risk of breast cancer and eliminating the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer," veterinarian Dr. Ernest Ward explained on "In addition, unwanted litters are prevented and the behavioral changes associated with 'heat' are avoided."

But is there another way to prevent estrus, or heat, in your dog? According to VCA Animal Hospitals, the other option is medical management of your pet's cycle using hormonal drugs.

Birth control drugs for dogs are not widely available and experts say these medications often have severe side effects. However, there is a tremendous amount of research going into additional birth control methods for dogs.

Pet owners are encouraged to discuss the best birth control option for their pet with their veterinarian in order to make an informed decision.


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

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Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.