Our expert says:
The veterinary literature highlight’s not just the advantages but also the disadvantages to having a bitch spayed. My role as a Veterinary Surgeon is to discuss these matters with my clientele and from there decide what the best option is for their pet.
The advantages are as follows:
a) Significantly reduced the risk of mammary tumours if conducted at a young age (6mths – 2.5 years of age).
b) Reduces the incidence of intrauterine infections (pyometra).
c) Reduced the incidence of perianal fistulas.
d) Reduces the risk of uterine, ovarian tumours e.t.c.
e) Prevents misalliance and phantom pregnancies.
The disadvantages are as follows:
a) Anaesthetic and surgical complications.
b) Increases the risk of obesity.
c) Increases the risk of hypothyroidism.
d) Can increase the risk of osteoscaroma in large breeds if conducted before 1 year of age.
e) Increased risk of urinary infections.
f) Increase the risk of splenic haemangiosarcoma and cardiac haemangiosarcoma.
g) Higher risk of developing cranial cruciate ligament rupture.
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