by HighDesertGSD on 05 October 2011 - 17:10
Are there any disadvantage of spaying an older bitch in terms of health?
Many vets say that chances of cancer of the breast is decreased with spaying.
This is real undisputed truth?
Are there balanced viewed on spaying an older bitch?
by djc on 05 October 2011 - 17:10
by Judy P on 05 October 2011 - 18:10
Here in Grand Rapids one of the big medical research centers is doing a lot of work in the area of breast cancer as the link between human and canine breast cancer is close to identical. One of my girls - a rescue JRT - had breast tumors removed this spring and is involved in the research project.
by hexe on 06 October 2011 - 02:10
And ditto on the mammary cancer benefit: as soon as the bitch goes through one heat cycle, you've lost your 100% prevention, and once she's had a second cycle, there's virtually no prevention from the spay.
by Betta Wolf on 06 October 2011 - 03:10
Leerburg dog died from anesthesia at 8 yo, from the surgery to prefent the above.
by hexe on 06 October 2011 - 04:10
As for the death under anesthesia, that is a risk taken with all general anesthesia, for humans and animals alike. Such deaths are not common in healthy dogs, however, especially with the newer anesthetic agents and the addition of monitoring equipment in the operating room that is comparable to that found in the OR of a human hospital. That said, there is sufficient anecdotal reporting to suggest that the Malinois, like greyhounds, may be more sensitive to general anesthesia, not in a small measure due to the low body fat ratio usually found in most specimens of the breed (you rarely see a fat Malinois or a fat greyhound).
While no vet ever wants to lose an animal due to adverse response to anesthesia, in dogs like this you still have to weigh the options: if this particular dog you refer to died on the table during a routine spay while she was perfectly healthy, what do you think her chances of making it out of the OR alive would have been if she'd needed an emergency spay in response to a closed pyometra that had rendered her systemically septicemic?
The decision is always up to the owner of the bitch as to whether the risks posed by general anesthesia and surgery are worth taking or not. I can find no good argument for leaving a senior bitch intact if she's not going to be intentionally bred that doesn't fail in the face of the risks posed by having to have an emergency surgery done on a dog that is in crisis condition due to a pyo...but to each his own.
by BlackthornGSD on 06 October 2011 - 06:10
That said, as long as the female is healthy, I think it's better to spay a an older female who will not be bred again. In particular, I think it's better to do the surgery while the dog is in good health and able to recover easily from the spay surgery (as opposed to having to worry about pyo or pregnancy in an older dog).
by Blitzen on 06 October 2011 - 17:10
Having dealt with breast cancer in 2 dogs, both dying as a result, if I ever get a female intended as a pet, you betcha she will be spayed before her first season. I've done that many times in the last 50 some years. I sold female puppies on contracts that they would be spayed before their first season and they were. No breast cancer, no skeletal issues, lived long healthy lives. I'd have to go with what I have seen work in my own dogs and for me the benefits of an early spay far outweigh the negative risks of waiting or not spaying at all. A dog spayed young might mature with more length of leg than she would have if not spayed, but so what? Preventing breast cancer trumps cosmetics any day.
by VomMarischal on 06 October 2011 - 17:10
by Blitzen on 06 October 2011 - 18:10
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