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can animals like dogs be sterile?

i was told this was not true but i can't find any info on net.


Asked by melody77 at 9:43 PM on Jun. 23, 2009 in Pets

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  • Yes, most definitely and it is more common then people think!... Their reproductive system isnt as different from ours as people think. Problems with the female reproductive tract (anatomic abnormalities), chromosomal abnormalities, or abnormal ovarian function may lead to infertility. Other causes include uterine infection, male infertility, thyroid gland insufficiency, and hyperadrenocorticism.

    Answer by youngfirsttimer at 12:09 AM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • Yes they can, although it isn't common!

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:49 PM on Jun. 23, 2009

  • Yes they can. It's usually caused by inbreeding.

    Answer by Chrissy629 at 8:32 AM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • thanks i never heard of this. our boxer was humped by our neioghbors and was concerned she may of gotten knocked up but she isn;t showing so maybe she has this. i would have to have her checked out. i wonder if that would be cheaper then the spaying would be.

    Answer by melody77 at 1:35 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • Just because there is no pregnance doesn't mean the dog is sterile.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:41 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • A good number of dogs are sterile and it does not favor mixed breeds or purebreds. It is about the same in numbers and NOT caused by inbreeding.


    Answer by equusvetgal at 5:35 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • Some dogs are just infertile, just like some people are infertile. It is NOT caused by inbreeding in either dogs or people! It just happens occasionally. And also, just as occasionally an infertile woman will have a child without fertility treatments, so can a previously infertile dog suddenly get pregnant, so even if your dog seems infertile, she should be spayed anyway, just in case.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:18 PM on Jun. 24, 2009