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Old 05-31-2017, 04:16 PM
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To spay or partial spay a buhund

Does anyone know the pros and cons of a partial versus full spay for a Norwegian buhund or other similar breeds?

Similar breeds: Finnish spitz, Norwegian lapphund, Icelandic sheepdog, et cetera.
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What on earth is a partial spay? I've never heard of that.
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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.

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She doesn't come on much anymore but @cbarkerb724 did OSS on her dog. I remember that she did a bunch of research before choosing it and I think I remember her having a difficult time finding a vet to do it.
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I believe I read that OSS can also result in stump pyometra if ANY of the uterus is left. With that in mind, if I were to do it, the vet would need to be doing them regularly (and successfully) due to that particular possible complication. Personally, I don't see much point (risk of anesthesia and abdominal surgery, dog still has heats which will make a mess and attract male suitors- even though they can't become pregnant, still is likely to develop mammary tumors), and would just do a normal spay when I was comfortable doing so, but don't really have a problem with the idea.

I know that some of the more "primitive" spitz breeds only (typically) have 1 heat per year, is yours one of them?
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