Thoughts on spaying senior gal??
Posted 18 May 2012 - 06:24 AM
Any thoughts about this? Pull her and get her spayed later once she is in better condition, spay her? Don't spay her at this age? (is there an age at which it is better not to spay?) or go ahead and have her spayed while she is getting vaccinated and blood tested for release?
Thoughts and pros and cons?
Posted 18 May 2012 - 06:41 AM
I found this
A study in Sweden, where elective spaying is rarely practiced, found that overall 25% of the females in the study developed pyometra by 10 years of age, and it is expected the risk would continue to increase in even older females. The risk varied considerably by breed, with some breeds having a 10% rate of pyometra and others up to 50%. Risk increased with age for all breeds. (I can get the study reference if you want.)
Unfortunately the boat sailed long ago on any possible reduction in the risk of mammary cancer.
You may want to wait until you know what stage of her oestrus cycle she is at but you may not have the luxury of time. You can't always trust adopters to keep their promises.
Posted 18 May 2012 - 08:25 AM
Dangerous Dreams Farm
Posted 18 May 2012 - 10:18 AM
JJ Jake Josie
Posted 18 May 2012 - 07:05 PM
We were able to pull her because of a wonderful foster family, that is experienced with dealing with senior dog issues, agreed to take her. We will get better vet work done - how serious is the heart murmur?, blood panel, fecal, maybe Xrays for the abdominal issue and start brushing her teeth or using the enzymatic plaque reducer (hoping it helps) to attack the tartar until we know if she can handle anaesthesia. I am hoping that the abdominal scar is from a spay, but I think it needs to be visualized instead of just 'felt'. And, of course, she will be brushed and shampooed and/or the mats will be cut out if necessary. We will also need to determine her TBD status.
I am so glad to get her into a caring home. She may have a very limited time, or she may live for several years, but she didn't need to be at the shelter.
Posted 18 May 2012 - 07:40 PM
I did Border Collie rescue (and still do) and we had an older bitch that came in with pyo...it certainly hit me hard that it spaying was the way to go. It was about 15 or so years ago, the smell, the pain, the swollen dog, all was horrible.
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