October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Want to know the best way to prevent mammary cancer in your dog? SPAY HER. Mammary cancers are extremely rare in dogs who have been spayed. So in addition to preventing unwanted litters, spaying could save your dog’s life.
It used to be that vets recommended spaying early, before the dog goes into heat, but current thinking is that the ovarian hormones are important in bone and joint development, so they recommend waiting until 8 – 12 months, as long as the dog is in a secure environment where pregnancy is unlikely.
Whether you spay early or later, the cancer protection is worth the cost of the surgery.
As you probably already know, October is breast cancer awareness month. Although sometimes I think I will go nuts if I see one more display of pink, (in the NFL? Really?) it’s worth noting that breast cancers strikes dogs, too.
What’s one of the most important ways to prevent breast cancer in dogs? Spay your pet! Spaying a dog before she goes into heat just about removes the risk that she will develop breast cancer because the source of estrogen is removed from the body. Estrogen feeds tumor cells and makes cancer more likely.
So, spay your pet, wear pink, and enjoy October!
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!
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