To Spay or not to Spay...

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That is the question.

My husband came across this article that has me really considering the other options, such as tubal ligation, for one.

I don't want my girl to get cancer, (or the other bad things) and this article sure has a lot of information.

Does anyone have any thoughts they would like to share?

 

http://www.doberman-pinscher.net/health/three-reasons-to-reconsider-spay...

 

~Narita

 

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Here's some more info from Dr. Becker on that....

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/04/14/ovar...

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/09/23/modi...

The trick, I think, is finding a vet who will do it. I'll spay my next female dog like this.

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 i did 'nt know all this until finding this forum and of course it was too late for sunna as i had already had her spayed at 7 mo.this method sounds like a better way to go but like kim said finding a vet to do it is key .

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Well, we called around and called around and found a vet that has done the Tubal Ligation many times before. He is at the emergency vet place, and I have confidence in him.

I like the idea that we are not removing any of her organs, especially one third of her endricine system.

We are patient with her and don't mind if she still comes in heat. We want her to stay as much like herself as we can.

We love our Ruby to pieces!!!! She is SUCH a character, it would be sad to change her.

Thank you so much Kim  <3 <3 <3
 

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YAY!! Good for you - I'm glad you found a vet that will do it.

I will too, when I have another female dog. And I will never, ever neuter another male dog before a year old, preferably around 18 months. My last male dog was neutered at 6 months, and he had severe hip dyplasia and Cushings - both of which I think were caused by an early neuter.

I personally would not want a bitch that was continually cycling - I recommend letting them go through one heat and then spaying 2-3 months later. There are other issues with a cycling bitch - like false pregnancies & life threating pyometria that to me outweigh the benefits of leaving them intact with a tubal..... not to mention what a PITA it is to have a bitch in heat. 

All of my bitches eventually get spayed - of my current girls, Louise was 6 when she was spayed after 2 litters. My Jezebel had missing teeth as was not shown in breed, so she was spayed after her first heat at age 13 months.