Originally Posted by lynsey
What on earth is a partial spay? I've never heard of that.
Another name is an ovary sparing spay. Basically they take out the uterus, but leave the ovaries so that the dog can't get pregnant, but the endocrine system is left intact. This eliminates chances of both pregnancy and pyometra.
What it doesn't prevent and can actually put your dog at higher risk of compared to a full spay is both breast cancer and ovary cancer... However what most people don't talk about is that a full spay can increase other health risks.
Buhunds apparently have very low rates of breast cancer though, so I don't think that should be a consideration.
Also, I found out that there are only two places reasonably close by that do ovary sparing spay. One requires that you are a regular patient there - not practical with their distance from us. The other one is prohibitively expensive.
I think I'll at least let her go through a heat cycle and figure things out after that. The breeder didn't make me sign a spaying contract or even bring it up, so just keeping her intact for a while is an option.
I think I may consider a late spay or perhaps keep looking for other options. Perhaps there's another state near by that we could take her to when she's older.
Either way, I won't be spaying her prior to her first heat as is recommended.