Dogs Don’t Go Through Menopause Like Us Humans Do
Menopause for humans marks the period when the level of reproductive hormones starts to drop. This typically happens for women who reach their 40s or 50s. Female dogs don’t go through the same process because they have different reproductive systems.
Female dogs will instead continue to experience heat cycles throughout their whole life although this will happen less frequently as they get older. This means unspayed, senior dogs may have the ability to reproduce. This, however, doesn’t mean that you should be breeding senior dogs. Breeding activity should stop once the dogs reach a certain age.
Dog owners who don’t plan to spay their female dogs should be aware of the health concerns that come with this. For example, unspayed female dogs may have a higher risk of getting serious and life-threatening health conditions like ovarian cancer and pyometra.