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Experience:  23 years small animal general and emergency practice
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is it absolutely necessary to get my cocker spaniel spayed

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is it absolutely necessary to get my cocker spaniel spayed?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Dave replied 4 years ago.
Hello, and thanks for writing in.

If you are not going to use Molly for breeding or as a show dog, then yes, she needs to be spayed. Getting her spayed will help with medical and behavioral problems. The medical benefits include reduced chance of mammary (breast) cancer, pyometra (uterus infection, which can be fatal), and ovarian cancer, (not to mention coming into heat every 6 months or so, which can be messy and cause behavior changes). The behavior benefits include less chance of being territorial, less chance of aggression, less marking of her territory, and less chance of roaming or running away when in heat (to find a male to breed with). I would HIGHLY recommend getting her spayed as soon as possible if you are not going to breed her or show her.

You can read a good article about the importance of spaying a dog here:

Here is another good article discussing the behavior aspects of spaying (it does also mention male dogs):

I hope this helps.
Dr. Dave
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

at present she has a rash on her belly is this an issue before the op?

Expert:  Dr. Dave replied 4 years ago.
It would be best to get the rash treated prior to the surgery, so there would be less chance of an incision infection.

Dr. Dave