By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. This is my favorite article regarding spay/neuter. The one exception is the survey review of IVDD in Dachshunds vs spay/neuter. I am a bot, this is an auto-generated reply | Info | Feedback | Reply STOP to opt out permanently, New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. I have been using Bach rescue remedy and Complete Calm vitamins and have seen major improvement but still reactive if approached directly especially on leash, she barks to scare. Any dog who still has a uterus and ovaries (the estrogen influences it) is at risk of developing it. Your email address will not be published. One of the biggest cases for OSS is the decreased incidence of Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture (or CCL – the human equivalent of an ACL injury) in active dogs. Ovary-sparing spay requires complete removal of the uterus to the level of the cervix and is not quicker or less-invasive than OHE. Thanks! Urinary incontinence tends to be more common in female dogs who have had their ovaries removed. A ruptured CCL is the most common orthopedic injury in dog, especially in large breed dogs. Both of these things can increase the cost. My research shows that it is certainly possible for a Dachshund to experience a CCL rupture, although it’s less common in this particular breed and small dogs in general. While there may be many benefits of OSS, there are extra long-term care and costs that should be taken into consideration. In other words, my article weights the pros and cons of OSS, with the cons being the same as they would be with an ovarioectomy. I don’t seem to be able to find much information online whether there is much difference in having one ovary removed vs none. We were ok to drive there but as said some reviews I’ve seen make me fear that. Since hormones are produced in the ovaries, your female dog still undergoes heat cycles and will be attractive to intact male dogs. A study in 2018 reexamined the data from the surveys collected during the previous 2015 study. Am I required to spay or neuter my puppy? Whereas I would wait until around 2 years of age to do a traditional spay, OSS sounds like it could be done earlier. I WOULD OF GONE with OSS! The incision for this procedure is slightly longer than the incision for a traditional spay. Yet, her health benefits may be greater than with a complete spay. Sometimes it works out and sometimes not. A dog with no uterus and cervix can’t get pyometra since that is where the infection occurs. Females: A hormone-sparing option that sterilizes a female dog involves conducting a hysterectomy (also called ovary-sparing spay or partial spay) by removing the uterus and leaving the ovaries intact. First off, I know you said daycare providers still may not accept dogs that are in heat even after OSS, but do you know about competing in sports? All of those potential “gained” behaviors due to the removal of ovaries and hormones sound pretty undesirable to me. This website may collect anonymous but general demographic information about you when you visit, click ads, or leave a comment. The only other one that offers this in Australia is even more hours away and it is impossible for us to go to South Australia with her driving so many hours after a surgery. Both ovaries are left behind. One must be prepared to deal with the potential consequences no matter which you choose. AugustineApproved 2,457 views. As per the breeder's wishes, she has requested that she be spayed before her first heat. Press J to jump to the feed. I imagine it’s similar to making decision for your kid – you do the research, weight the pros and cons, but a decision has to be made now so you go with whichever you think it best. However, it is possible that a dog can experience negative side effects from these hormones and medications. Until this morning, I was not even aware of OSS. This type of incontinence is typically and successfully treated with drugs. I've read that instead of spaying, which removes the entire ovaries and reproductive organs, there is an option to keep the ovaries, does anyone have experience with that procedure? My research has revealed that OSS can cost anywhere from $250-$1,000, with the most common figures I’ve … In addition to reading all of the articles I linked to above, check out these resources if you want to learn more about ovary sparing spay. An ovary-sparing spay or (OSS) involves the removal of the uterus and cervix, and either one or both of the ovaries are left intact. A female dog’s risk of incontinence later in life is significantly reduced if she retains her hormones, but it can still happen. Unfortunately, the vast majority of veterinarians are recommending and performing spay (ovariohysterectomy - the removal of the ovaries and uterus) rather than tubal ligation, hysterectomy (removal of the uterus alone - sometimes called ovary sparing spay) or leaving the dog intact. I felt like I was going in circles. I think I will be too. They maintain a list of vets who do alternative sterilization procedures, and vets are placed on the list by their own request. Her heat cycles are mild, and we would probably be ok leaving her intact, but we do travel quite a bit, both taking the dogs and leaving them with a pet sitter. Summit only kept one ovary. I also know if I wait through a second cycle and do after that then her chances of mammary cancer is higher…. I was more concerned with not removing Summit’s hormones and “forcing” a personality change. Perhaps that veterinarian will consult with you over the phone about it? Years ago, and still somewhat today, spaying or neutering a dog was recommended to curb “undesirable behavioral issues”. You basically summarized the exact same research and thought process I went through on my own two years ago when he got our Rat-Chi OSS spayed. These results have been confirmed in another, more recent, large scale study. When a dog experiences a CCL injury, they may become lame or not be able to walk using that leg. Heidi is approaching 5 months old, and I'm starting to think about her spay procedure. I have been able to find a vet within an hour of my home and cancelled the one six hours away. Thanks! Again, you’re not wrong. Since hormones are produced in the ovaries, your female dog still undergoes heat cycles and will be attractive to intact male dogs. Does anyone know of any vets in the UK that will do Ovary Sparing Spays, I may end up owning a bitch in the future and would be looking to go down the OSS route rather than a traditional ovariohysterectomy Registered users won't see this advert. Hello everyone, I have some questions related to spay/neuter contract. Thanks! But I believe I am making the right decision for her, trying to do everything thing I can to give her a long and healthy life. IVDD can cause the spine to prematurely degenerate and become brittle. Adult [intact] female dogs (9 to 12 years old) were most likely to get mammary tumors, followed by 5- to 8-year-old females. My 22 lb mini golden retriever, almost 9 months old, recently finished her first heat a few weeks ago. Spay. Thank you so much for your research. Information And Services For The Spay Or Ovary Sparing Spay Of Dogs. An ovary sparing spay is where one or both ovaries are left in the abdomen, near the kidneys, but the uterus and cervix are removed. Many people are not comfortable with a dog who will cycle or possibly experience these other medical issues later in life. Unfortunately, the vast majority of veterinarians are recommending and performing spay (ovariohysterectomy - the removal of the ovaries and uterus) rather than tubal ligation, hysterectomy (removal of the uterus alone - sometimes called ovary sparing spay) or leaving the dog intact. (source). Ovary Sparing Spay and Vasectomy Info Group has 17,346 members. Research shows both procedures to be superior to traditional spay (i.e., ovariohysterectomy) with respect to the disposition of sex hormones - essential components of a healthy metabolism, immune system and… (also source above). Hi Megan. She started this blog in 2010 to share what she knows. I'd wait until she's at least two years old. I have 2 bitches spayed the conventional way who became old ladies overnight. Ovary Sparing Spay. I don't plan on breeding her. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. A female dog in heat will likely display all or many of these behaviors: There is no doubt that traditional spay, where the ovaries and hormones are removed, results in behavior changes. Prof. Michelle Kutzler DVM, who pioneered the Ovary-sparing Spay has set up an excellent education website for both owners and veterinarians, the site has a self-register list of veterinarians who stipulate which procedures they are trained to do. I totally geeked out on this one. There was one about 30 minutes from me so it was easy to drive there and meet with her in person. This video, though a bit long does a very good job at detailing the specific health issues and sometimes behavioral issues such as noise sensitivities that are linked to the imbalance in the hormonal system introduced due to desexing as done in traditional spaying and neutering procedures. Ovary-sparing hysterectomy (OSH) is a gonad-sparing sterilization technique first described in the literature over 40 years ago ().This surgery removes the entire uterus and all (or most) of the cervix but leaves the ovaries intact and functional ().The surgical approach is like a spay but the incision longer and more caudal to facilitate greater access to remove the cervix. Traditional spays are normally done following the pet’s final visit at around 4 months of age. Although I have a standard poodle who is my SDiT, so much of your information is relevant for any female dog. Needless to say, she’s not my dog’s vet anymore. If I am unable to find a vet who is clinically familar with the OSS procudure, I will be forced to remove her entire reproductive system once and for all in 2021. Although I am cautious about where I take her during her head cycle, no dogs pay attention to her when we are out and about. Mammary tumors are just what they sound like – tumors that develop in the breasts of female dogs. If I ever HAD to spay her for medical reasons, I would first try to see if OSS were an option for her. Thank you. I’m still in the state of observing her behavior during the heats and figuring out how to mitigate. I do have a few more things I’m curious about if you have some answers for me. In short, the Cranial Cruciate Ligament stabilizes the knee joint. I don’t totally disagree with you. We attempt to contact the veterinarian clinics on this list annually to confirm that our information is up-to-date. An ovary sparing spay involves removing the uterus and cervix, while leaving one or both of the ovaries intact for physiologic, health, and/or behavioral reasons. My research has revealed that OSS can cost anywhere from $250-$1,000, with the most common figures I’ve seen being in the $500-$800 range. My takeaway is, yes, spaying a female Dachshund can have an effect on the incidence of CCL injuries but it’s probably not the biggest factor. An ovary sparing spay is where one or both ovaries are left in the abdomen, near the kidneys, but the uterus and cervix are removed. I have an intact male and female. But I am continuing to look for other vets who would be willing to perform the OSS. OSS is the opposite, it leaves the ovaries for the benefit of the hormones, and removes the uterus. Both of these things can increase the cost. With an ovary sparing spay, the ovary is still functional, so, while the female cannot become pregnant, heat cycle behavior will still occur. This has actually happened to her a few times. Factors that likely have a larger influence are being inactive most of the time, being overweight, and nutrition. Summit has only had one heat since surgery that I was able to tell. 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