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Have a 10 year old westie who suffers with phantom pregnancies

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Have a 10 year old westie who suffers with phantom pregnancies when in season what are the risks of spaying compare to medication to relieve symptons.
colin
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Rebecca replied 3 years ago.

Rebecca :

Hello,

Rebecca :

I am sorry to hear you are worried about Tilley.

Rebecca :

My name is***** am a veterinarian, and will do my best to help.

Rebecca :

She is not that old. If blood tests show that she has good liver and kidney numbers, and a physical exam reveals no risks for anesthesia and surgery, then I would recommend spaying her.

Rebecca :

Not only will that stop the phantom pregnancies, which must be stressful for her, but it will prevent a more serious condition called a pyometra, an infection of the uterus.

Rebecca :

If she gets a pyometra, she will have to be spayed as an emergency to save her life. Better to do it when she is still healthy, than as an emergency procedure. Every time she goes into heat, she is at risk for a pyometra, as well as another phantom pregnancy.

Rebecca :

I am not seeing responses from you. I hope you can see what I am writing!

Rebecca :

The only risk of spaying her now is if there is some underlying disease that makes anesthesia risky, such as a heart condition or chronic kidney diease.

Customer:

yes thank you it has eased our decsission

Rebecca :

You are welcome!

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Is there anything else I can answer or help with?

Customer:

No thanks we will continue with the spaying.

Rebecca :

I am glad to hear that!

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Let me know if you have any more questions.

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I hope she recovers quickly after her surgery.

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Expert:  Rebecca replied 3 years ago.
Thank you for the good rating.

Rebecca
Expert:  Rebecca replied 3 years ago.
Colin,
How did Tilley do with her surgery?

Rebecca

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