Q: What's More Dangerous?

January 13, 2012 | By Jillian | 1 answer | Expired: 1478 days ago


Having a dog spayed during her heat cycle...

Putting her under anesthesia twice so closely together to remove a tumor and then be spayed...

Or letting a breast tumor develop for a second month so she can be spayed and have it removed at the same time?

Or should I stick her on anti-cancerous supplements {made for dogs} until her spay date just to be safe?

We found the tumor right before her first spay date and had to push it back to cover both, as the clinic couldn't preform or biopsy the tumor surgery. But then she went into heat just before her second appointment to be spayed. *Rescue dog! I didn't let her go this long w/o being fixed!

Readers' Answers (1)

Jan 18, 2012

I don't know which is really more dangerous, but unless she has a fast growing tumor, one more month probably won't make a lot of difference. I have had pets, even seniors, receive anesthesia more than once in a short period of time without problem. There are vets who will spay during the heat cycle, esp. when there's a chance the animal can become pregnant if it isn't done. I don't know that there's any more danger to spaying during heat as there is to spaying to terminate the pregnancy. We've all done that. It couldn't hurt to put her on anti-cancer supplements if you have to wait. They can only help and shouldn't harm her at all. I'd also put her on a good vitamin to build her up and prepare her for the surgery -- whenever it takes place.

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