|Barked: Tue Jun 3, '08 7:52am PST |
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I'm just want to explore all possible options and be as well informed as possible before making a decision re: desexing.
Obviously there are some important benefits of spaying:
-No risk of pregnancy
-Lower risk of mammary tumours (breast cancer)
-No risk of pyometra (uterine infection)
-No risk of ovarian and uterine tumours
However, there are also many serious risks of spaying, particularly for large and giant breeds, and especially for Akitas:
-Greatly increased risk of osteosarcoma (bone cancer; fatal)
-Greatly increased risk of hemangiosarcoma (another extremely common fatal cancer)
-Greatly increased risk of orthopedic disorders (hip dysplasia and other bone problems)
-Risk of spay caused urinary incontinence
-Greatly increased risk of hypothyroidism
-Greatly increased risk of potentially fatal adverse reactions to vaccines
-Greatly increased risk of urinary tract tumours & TCC (bladder cancer)
The above risks are all caused by the lack of estrogen, which is caused by removal of the ovaries.
Added to this, Saki has a recessed vulva, causing vaginal dermatitis and vaginitis; which she will grow out of if her hormones are left intact; but will be a life-long problem if her ovaries and therefore hormones are removed before she is full-grown (which won't be til 18 months old.)
So I am considering whether perhaps desexing without removing the ovaries may be the best option.
I know it's an extremely contentious issue, however I'm not trying to push an agenda because I am neither pro- nor anti-desexing; I believe we all need to be as well informed as possible and do the right thing for own individual dogs' needs
So that's my extremely long-winded answer as to 'why' - basically I'm just trying to be as well informed as possible before making any definite decisions x
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