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post #31 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-05-2019, 01:57 PM
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Since they retain their hormones they will go into heat and are attractive to males.The only benefit is that she won't bleed. My vet said that the left "uterus stump" can stil get infected and if she were to mate, it can cause vaginal injury due to the altered tissue. These considerations made me decide for a full spay but it is a personal decision of course.
My earlier fear of urinary incontinence due to a full spay was eased by a retired vet whose experience in this regard was more an issue with Rottweilers and Dobermanns and not so much with our beauties.
Really? I've seen dogs of all shapes, sizes, and breeds with urinary incontinence due to spay. I wasn't aware it much to do with specific breeds. One of them I just saw recently being rehomed I think was a GSD/herding breed mix. I know the age of spay can definitely play apart. If it's more prevalent in rotties/Dobermans that would indicate an underlying issue in the breed to me which could be interesting.

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Just glanced at this article and something popped out at me that I hadn't considered. I do know that improperly docked tails can cause urinary incontinence as the nerves that come out of the spine that help to control the bladder come out toward the base of the tail. Hence why people can urinate themselves if they hit their tailbones hard enough. So this wouldn't be spay incontince or perhaps improper docking combined with spay gives them a higher chance. If he had issues with it with dogs he personally docked he could've been cutting tails too short. If it's the breed in general though that would be my first guess. And interestingly enough GSDs are on the increased risk list with docked tail breeds.

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Thank you Jenny. There is one within driving distance if I need it.
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I think she mentioned is what the vet saw- their experience. Some vets are familiar with a certain breed and patients do flock to those vets. I do not believe it’s breed specific but do wonder if it is genetic.


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Luvshepherds-Awesome! I’m glad you found someone!


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