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    Smile They had surgery done on their dog,

    They had surgery done on their dog, so she can't reproduce/breed/give birth/bear.



    Are those underlined words interchangeable in the above context?
    By the way, what is the surgery called? Steriled surgery? Thanks.


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    Re: They had surgery done on their dog,

    "can't have puppies" would be the most usual way to say this.

    Animals are "spayed".

    They had their dog sterilised/spayed so that she won't have/can't have puppies.

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    Smile Re: They had surgery done on their dog,

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    "can't have puppies" would be the most usual way to say this.

    Animals are "spayed".

    They had their dog sterilised/spayed so that she won't have/can't have puppies.
    Thanks, Anglika.
    But I'd like to make sure if my versions sound as right.
    As a aside, When referring to human beings, only "sterilised" works, right?

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    Re: They had surgery done on their dog,

    Hi Anglika,

    How about "neutered"? Is it the same as spayed in sense?

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    Re: They had surgery done on their dog,

    I always use spay for female pets, neuter for males, and sterilize (US spelling) for humans.

    They had surgery done on their dog, so she can't reproduce/breed/give birth/bear.


    I wouldn't use bear because it is a transitive verb and requires an object. You could use bear offspring. Any of the other three are interchangeable.

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    Re: They had surgery done on their dog,

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    I always use spay for female pets, neuter for males, and sterilize (US spelling) for humans.
    I see.

    Sterilize is for both males and females, isn't it?

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    Re: They had surgery done on their dog,

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    I always use spay for female pets, neuter for males, and sterilize (US spelling) for humans.

    They had surgery done on their dog, so she can't reproduce/breed/give birth/bear.


    I wouldn't use bear because it is a transitive verb and requires an object. You could use bear offspring. Any of the other three are interchangeable.
    Thanks, mykwyner.
    Got it.

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    Re: They had surgery done on their dog,

    I wouldn't use "Give birth" either because it's not accurate. They remove the uterus, don't they? If you say someone or something "can't give birth" it sounds like she can conceive and even carry. There's no conception or pregnancy when a dog has been spayed.


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    Re: They had surgery done on their dog,

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    They had surgery done on their dog, so she can't reproduce/breed/give birth/bear.



    Are those underlined words interchangeable in the above context?
    By the way, what is the surgery called? Steriled surgery? Thanks.
    A slang term for having a pet "neutered" or "spayed" is "fixed"

    We had our cat fixed yesterday. Now he is very docile.


    As far as your initial question goes, "reproduce", "breed" and "give birth" works but "bear" by itself doesn't. You would have to say "bear puppies" for it to be correct, but this is rarely said this way.

    As said before "have puppies" would probably be the most common why of completing the sentence.

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    Re: They had surgery done on their dog,

    Thanks, Barb and Naamplao.

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