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The Importance of neutering your bitch

Posted on July 10, 2010 at 6:45 AM

Benefits of spaying bitches:

Spaying involves removing both the uterus andthe ovaries; known as an oviario-hysterectomy. The procedure istypically done 3 months after your dog's first season although it can also be done around 6 months of age before your dog's first season occurs.

We strongly recommend spaying bitches and benefits include:

* Reduced risk of developing mammary tumours.

*Eliminated risk of developing tumours of the uterus or ovaries.

* No risk of unwanted puppies.

*Reduces unwanted male attention and makes your bitch less likely to roam and wander.

*Eliminates the risk of your pet developing a pyometra.

A pyometra is an infection of the uterus due to hormonal changes during your dog's season the lining of the womb becomes thickened in preparation for pregnancy. Sometimes the womb lining continues to become thickened and can become infected, creating a pyometra. This typically occurs 1-2 months after a season and although it can happen at any age, is more common in older bitches who have never been bred from.

Pyometras can either be open (where the pus drains from the uterus via the vulva) or closed (a more dangerous form where the pus is trapped in the uterus and causes the bitch to go into toxic shock.)

Either form is very serious and potenitally fatal. 

Your dog will have to be admitted to hospital: be placed on a drip and have an ovario-hysterectomy. But the risks of surgery are much greater than a routine spay and your pet will be hospitalised for a few days following surgery for aggressive anti-biotic treatment and close observation.

Clinical signs of pyometras include:

*Depression and lethargy

*Vomiting and diarrhoea

*Reluctance to eat

*High temperature

*Excessive drinking

*A pussy and sometimes blood tinged discharge fromthe vulva- although this may or may not be present depending if the pyometra is open or closed.



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