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Old 02-25-2016, 11:18 AM
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Breeding - does it reduce cancer risk?

I'm not wanting to start an argument I just want to know facts. Is there any sort of research out there that shows that letting a bitch have a litter has any impact on her chances of developing cancer? Wether it's an increased risk or a decreased risk

I know that spaying decreases and eliminates some cancers and has also been shown to increase the risk of others but I'm specifically asking about females that have had littters not unspayed females.

Reason I am asking is because a lady on a facebook group insists that you should let a bitch have a litter before deciding whether or not to spay her. Apparantly it greatly reduces the chance of them getting cancer. I'd just like to know if there is any truth to it. Sounds like nonsense to me and I've never heard anyone else say it. I'd hate others to take her advice seriously though and breed their bitches because of this.

I've had a look on google and can also find nothing to support this but you know what google is like. I've already replied saying that what she said is not true and that there are only health risks not benefits to breeding and people need to seriously consider and reasearch before breeding.

I did also say if you can provide a credible source for the info that I would hold my hands up and and appologise. I thought I would help her out and ask you guys if there has ever been any kind of reasearch like this done.

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I think its bunk. I think it is over vaccinating and feeding poor quality food that causes cancer.
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Reason I am asking is because a lady on a facebook group insists that you should let a bitch have a litter before deciding whether or not to spay her. Apparantly it greatly reduces the chance of them getting cancer. I'd just like to know if there is any truth to it. Sounds like nonsense to me and I've never heard anyone else say it. I'd hate others to take her advice seriously though and breed their bitches because of this.
This is the most ridiculous thing I've heard. Not only have I never heard of anything about having litters reducing cancer risks, but its not taking into account the other health risks of pregnancy and whelping a litter, and that many bitches should not be bred due to other health issues or size or anything. This sounds like people who just think that "natural" things like giving birth must be healthier than something "unnatural" like spaying. This would create SO much more pet overpopulation if people did this, and I'm sure all their proof is purely anecdotal and has no medical or scientific support to this claim.
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Spaying and neutering only reduces cancer risk in the genitals. I think most of the cancer risk comes from other things humans have done to the environment, and that the topics are unrelated except in the specific circumstance of ovarian cancer and the like, which crop up consistently after a certain age. There's not really any solid research I've seen on the topic of spay/neutering and other cancers.

A lot of females do get spayed after they've had their last litter with breeders, currently, to avoid cancer risk once they no longer need those parts.
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Spaying and neutering only reduces cancer risk in the genitals.
And mammary glands. But yes, in general just reduces or nixes chances of testicular, ovarian, uterine and breast cancer in dogs.
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Vet once told me that Mammary cancer is reduced in bitches that have had litters vs intact ones that aren't bred
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Spaying and neutering only reduces cancer risk in the genitals.
It also increases the risk of bone cancer I think.
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Sounds ridiculous. If it were true, then people would keep breeding dogs, what if their dog had 5 more female puppies? They would have litters, and then each of those 5 had 3 more, that's 9 more females! And then they would breed those nine, and it would go on, and on, and on! It would most certainly make placing homes for dogs harder because there would be a lot more than there already are.

My belief on this: It's baloney.
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Really? You would breed your dogs just for a reduced in cancer?

That's like saying that since castration would eliminate testicular cancer that men should be lining up to get their balls chopped off.
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reminds me of a facebook page where in the uk someone was asking if to nueter their male dog they got told no because leaving him intact has many health benefits! yeah right? i noticed last year lots of dogs are intact
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