|Barked: Fri Nov 19, '10 11:30am PST |
|The risk of having a intact older female dog especially one who has already had litters can be great. I would reccomend spay her to prevent a pyometra. A pyometra is an infection in the uterus that causes the pet to become very ill. Once this infection is present anesthesia becomes riskier and the chance your dog could die becomes greater. If left untreated it will result in death. On average a pyometra surgery and after care costs 1000-4000 dollars depending on how far along it is, if the uterus is still intact -- In a pyometra the uterus fills with pus, if it bursts all of this pus is spread around in the abdomen leading to septic conditions which are more dangerous to treat and more likely to result in death -- and how stable the dog is when it presents.
If you choose to spay her now you will be ensuring that you can take the time to get an estimate that is more reasonable (300-800.), plan a date based on convience, do proper testing to ensure she is as healthy as possible before going under anesthesia and set up the perfect conditions for her surgery.
Pyometra kills...spaying a dog is NOT only about protecting it from pregnancy but for protecting its health.
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