|Barked: Mon Jul 25, '11 10:07pm PST |
|If you have confidence in your vet, do it. If you don't have confidence in your vet, find another vet, and get their opinion. Although actually, there's nothing wrong with getting a second opinion before surgery, regardless of how much confidence you have in your vet.
But yes, it is worthwhile to spay an older dog, even an old dog if her health is good enough for surgery. She's gotten all the benefit of her hormones in terms of development and continued normal functioning while she was younger, and now, at her age, the risk of pyometra is rising. That would mean an emergency spay when she's sick, rather than a planned spay when she's healthy.
And if, God forbid, you had a perfect storm of Things Going Wrong during one of her occasional heats, you could wind up with a pregnant old dog, not the best or safest time for her to have a litter, and that could also mean a spay under less than ideal conditions.
I wouldn't do it if she's at any increased risk from anesthesia or if there are any other health issues that would put her at greater risk during the surgery or the recovery. But if she's basically still in good health, I would at least talk to another vet or a veterinary surgeon before you decide against it.
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