Hopefully this can be a lesson to everyone to get their female dogs and cats spayed. Reports show that 1 out of every 4 dogs that are un-spayed will develop breast tumors at some point in their lives (Brooks, 2002). If spayed before ever going into heat, the risk of breast tumors is basically non-existent. Allowing a dog to have even one litter of puppies greatly increases the risk of breast tumors. If you or someone you know has an un-spayed dog or cat please consider getting this procedure done before 6 months of age – most clinics recommend spaying anywhere from 2-4 months of age. There are many low-cost and free options available (Emancipet and Animal Trustees of Austin) if you can’t afford to have it done at your regular vet clinic.
Thanks everyone for caring about Cookie, and thank you for spreading the word about spaying pets so other dogs don’t have to go through the same ordeal as this sweet girl!
[We have received enough donations to cover Cookie’s medical costs. Thank you!]