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Topic: Spaying Dogs

Question from Megan in Kennett Square:
I have a boxer puppy that I am thinking about not getting fixed. What kind of things should I expect if I do not get her fixed?

Answer from Dr. Mindy Cohan:
There are many benefits to having your dog spayed. First, spaying a dog before its first estrus (heat) cycle will dramatically reduce the chances of mammary gland tumors (breast cancer). Dogs have vaginal bleeding during their biyearly heat cycles which can be messy. Unspayed females are at risk for unplanned pregnancies and associated complications. Unspayed females are also predisposed to developing uterine infections (pyometra) which can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated quickly.

The only reasons to avoid spaying your boxer are (1) you are planning to breed her or (2) she has an underlying problem that would make anesthesia too risky. These are topics you should discuss with your veterinarian. Breeding your dog is a huge responsibility that should not be taken lightly or done without careful planning.

Posted April 23, 2007

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Please have your pets spayed or neutered!