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mittens1997 March 4th, 2013 06:58 PM

Worried about my girl
Dakota is going in for spay on Friday.

She's a year and a half and has just finished her second heat cycle.
She hasn't been spayed until now because she was in the field "guarding" animals, and we were going to breed her and raise the pups up as trained livestock guard dogs, since there are none in our area, and a high demand, and most farmers are ordering them in from other provinces. Anyways, she was a awful guard dog (afraid of her own shadow!) so we took her out and she is now a companion,

not wanting unneeded puppies, we are taking her to be spayed. I read something about Mammary gland tumor being common in dogs after spay. I'm seriously worried and concerned. Can i do anything to help her or prevent it? What is the precentage? has your dog been spayed after heart cycles and been mine? Has your dog had this cancer?

Please just give me help D:

Dog Dancer March 4th, 2013 09:53 PM

Well I could be wrong here, and others may feel free to correct me if I am, but from what I understand the risk of mammary gland cancer does not come from the spaying itself, but rather from the fact that your dog has been in heat. One of the main reasons for spaying prior to a female going into heat is that the mammary glands don't develop if they don't go into heat, hence no risk of mammary cancer. Since your girl has been in heat she has developed mammary glands and her risk of cancer is greater. It is not directly related to the surgery. Again, this is just based on what my vet has said to me and how I interpreted it. Either way, she'll be happier without the heat cycles.:thumbs up

hazelrunpack March 5th, 2013 09:56 AM

That's my understanding, too, DD. I've heard that the risk of mammary cancer goes up by 10 percent per heat cycle However, if the risks are, say, 10 per 100,000 animals, a ten percent increase means a rise to 10.1 chances per 100,000 animals, so it's not as horrible as it sounds. Two heat cycles won't affect her cancer risks that significantly and the spay shouldn't increase the risk of mammary tumors at all as far as I know.

mittens1997 March 5th, 2013 07:07 PM

What a relief! Thanks everyone!

Dog Dancer March 7th, 2013 12:44 PM

Please let us know how the spaying goes! Hope your pup bounces right back (well bounces after an appropriate recovery time:D).

mittens1997 March 9th, 2013 06:45 PM

She's home! And still very doped up.
We were sitting in the waiting room, waiting for the vet to bring her out, and when she came out she had her head down, and suddenly refused to come any farther.
"Dakota!" i called. Her head shot up and she ran over to me, and jumped on my lap.

I think she thought we had abandoned her there, poor thing :(


Barkingdog March 9th, 2013 07:35 PM

what a cutie pie! It must be very confusing for our pets when we adopt them then bring to a strange place and leave them there . I always feel so guilty having to do this with Marty as he looked so worried when I am leaving. And good for you for not bringing more puppies into the world.

Goldfields March 9th, 2013 08:42 PM

She's lovely, what a beautiful face she has. You know, if by any chance she did get a mammary tumour later, it can be removed, just don't let it become big before you see a vet. Hugs for Dakota, hope she recuperates fast for you.

hazelrunpack March 9th, 2013 11:01 PM

What a beautiful girl she is!! :lovestruck: Hoping she has a quick recovery! :goodvibes:

Jull March 11th, 2013 09:54 AM

:cloud9: very pretty girl, hope the recovery is quick :goodvibes:

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