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Published: May 24, 2012

When you choose a female dog, you face the dilemma of whether or not to have her spayed. For many owners, dog spaying is a no-brainer because they are not interested in raising puppies or dealing with dogs in heat. If you are on the fence about whether to spay your dog, you might want to take certain health benefits and costs factors into consideration.

If you are considering breeding dogs, you might want to think again, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Dog pregnancy requires extremely special care and attention, and spaying is less expensive than raising a litter of puppies. Plus, there is already a serious problem of pet overpopulation in America.

Spaying also has a number of health benefits for your dog. According to VCA Animal Hospitals, spaying can reduce your dog's risk of developing breast, uterine and ovarian cancer if it is done before her first heat cycle. It can also prevent a uterine infection known as pyometra and can reduce the urge female dogs have to wander or escape to find a mate when they are in heat.