statistics and misconceptions
today on Gloria Stillwells blog, reading through the spay info, it said that bitches spayed after the second heat have a 26% higher rate of mammary cancer.
That makes you want to spay, doesn't it. 26% that is like 1 in 4, about.
But earlier today in Dog World Magaizine, it said that mammary tumors occur in 3% of the population, and of those, one third are malignant. Ok, so now we have the cancer rate as 1 in 100.
So out of that 1 in 100 or 100 in 10,000, how many have been spayed before their second heat and how many spayed after their second heat?
In light of this information, if they are now saying that bitches' overall longevity increases on average the longer they have their ovaries, should we really be pushing to spay these girls before their first heat?
Are we spaying to remove the possibility of pregnancy, to eliminate the inconveniece of cycles, or for her health? And are we spaying when we do because this is what they tell us is best, and this is what we have done in the past?
I give Dog World Kudos for publishing this artical about this study, with references and all.
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