|Barked: Sat Mar 13, '10 1:45pm PST |
|Maia was in a false pregnancy when she was spayed. With her being a rescued pup, we didn't want to let the puppies develop any further- we only discovered it was a false pregnancy when they spayed her, and based on the condition of her uterus, the vet determined that it was likely her first heat and put her age at just under a year.
I don't know the real answer to your question, but rescues spay during false pregnancies partly because we basically work under the assumption that the dog is preggers, not knowing the background. Maia's recovery was fine, pretty quick, though it did take a while for her milk to dry up. She does have some behavioral problems (aggression), but I've never associated that with her spay.
From what I understand, the body thinks it is pregnant, so the only difference is the lack of puppies from a spay perspective. I am not an expert, but to me, that would mean that the risks are the same.
I've yet to hear a very convincing reason (increased risk would be there either way if the dog is preggers or not) of why we (a rescue) should wait to spay during a false pregnancy.
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