Thank you for your question about Dolly.
My name is***** am a veterinarian, and will do my best to help.
The biggest advantage to spaying her now, is to prevent a life threatening infection of the uterus, called a pyometra.
You have not left it too late! I would consider having her spayed anytime now, when she is not in heat.
A pyometra occurs after a heat. The uterus fills with pus, and usually has to be removed in an emergency surgery. Better to have her spayed as a scheduled, more routine procedure than an emergency.
Spaying her now may also reduce her chances of mammary tumors. The younger a dog is spayed, the less likely they are to develop mammary tumors.
I never know when she is i n heat, no visible signs of blood spots
Interesting. Does her vulva ever swell up at all?
is it possible it will not be effective for mammary tumours
It is possible, at 5, you may have passed the point of it preventing mammary tumors. No way to know for sure.
I don't notice anything at all, even when she did her blood spots v scant
But you definitely will prevent a possible pyometra. Even if her heats are not apparent, she could develop a pyometra.
Dogs can also get tumors of the uterus, or ovaries.
well that is great I wondered at putting her through the trauma of surgery
how long is it for her to recover from it?
With an experienced surgeon, the surgery is usually not that traumatic. Often a spay can be done through a one inch incision. If she is older, her uterus may be larger, so her incision may be larger.
oh I see
Usually the recovery is not more than a day or two, although it takes a week or so for the incision to heal.
Basic blood tests should be done, to be sure she is a good candidate for anesthesia.
I had male dog neutered before, he put on weight, which was what put me off noting doing earlier, will she put on much weight?
Yes, definitely. I never anesthetize a dog without knowing some kidney and liver values, red and white blood cells counts.
My dog is not an ounce overweight, she is 11, and was spayed when she was less than a year old.
I will go to vets Monday before hand then appreciate that info
I do not over feed her! And keep her active.
is that so thats great
That is wonderful info Rebecca thanks v much
I don't think any dog, unless it has a condition such as hypothyroidism, cannot maintain a healthy weight.
You are welcome!
Is there anything else I can help with, or answer?
you recommend I ask those questions first, perhaps they do blood screening on morning of surgery before surgery
Yes, or do them a few days ahead of time.
she is beautiful bouncy full of life little dog, I don't wish her to get overweight
that is great Rebecca
that is my questions answered
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I will be checking back, to see how she is doing.
yes I will do indeed
I have her booked in for next Wednesday
I hope she does well, and you have a lean and healthy dog for 10 more years at least!
thanks v much
You are welcome.
I will go now and rate you as excellent
bye for now