|Barked: Sun Oct 24, '10 12:14pm PST |
|By partial spay I assume you mean hysterectomy, removal of just the uterus. I admit I haven't known a lot of people who kept their female dogs intact longer than three years unless they were breeding, but I have known several people who's intact females had to be spayed due to pyometra. A raw diet can help the immune system overall, but it's not going to prevent cancer if a dog gets it from genetics, and it may not even prevent it at all. I think in most cases spaying female dogs before their fourth heat is best. I don't think in many cases with female dogs leaving them intact forever is ideal.
The risks of altering a healthy dog of 1.5 years of age or older are incredibly slim, and most of the risks associated with not altering (with the exception of mammary tumors, and BPH from an enlarged prostate which occurs in most intact male dogs over six years of age) are also not excessively common. Both the risks and benefits health wise of altering or not altering, in most cases are highly hyped up. None of them are 100% guarantees, most aren't even remotely close to 50%.
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