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Q. I have decided to spay my dog. Should I leave the ovaries in or remove them? What do you think?

I have a female Shepherd that is 2 years old. I have decided to have her spayed. My problem is, should I leave the ovaries in or remove them? I realize she will still go into heat, but I am afraid the loss of estrogen on such young female may lead to a shorter life span and possible change in behavior. What do you think?


A. Hi Steve,

I dont have any experience with leaving the ovaries in a spayed bitch. I typically dont spay until a long time after 2 and right now I have two bitches that are scheduled for a spay. One is almost 5 and the other is almost 8 years old. Ill do a total ovariohysterectomy for both of them. Im torn between leaving them intact, because like you I worry about the repercussions of the loss of estrogen.

You may want to search the website using specific search terms AND consult with a repro vet and find out the pros and cons on this. Id be interested to hear what you find out. Id also direct you to the search function in the upper left corner of the website.

Im sorry Im not more help!

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