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I tend to stick my head in the sand
I decided a while ago that I more than likely wouldn't ever have Bunni bred for the simple reason of knowing all the issues breeders deal with. It ain't for me. BUT.....I keep putting off having her spayed because I just cannot stand the thought of it. I know there are studies about the health benefits but i can't get the thought out of my head that it is just putting her through surgery and pain for no reason. She's such a happy hoppy fun girl I don't want to do it
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Dawna, my Hav-a-niece Lucy was never spay because my SIL felt the same way. Just a month ago at 6 years old she had to go in for an emergency spay/histerectomy. I am sorry I am not sure of the details. But she had a severe infection. What could have had been a routine spay turned into a costly, dangerous emergency operation. She is fine now, but thought this may help you come to terms.




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I put off having Jackson neutered for a while for very silly reasons . . . he looks so cute all studly, it will hurt him, it's not natural, what if we want to breed him (No!), it's too soon (No!) and it doesn't fit my schedule. Then, I began thinking about the fact that he didn't mark or lift his leg, and since he was a big time "humper," I would be really mad if we either had an accidental mating or he smelled a bitch in heat.

I know it's probably harder on the female, but it certainly won't change her from being a happy girl. Others with females can offer better words of wisdom, but I share your feelings (and yet I knew it was best to do the "dirty deed.")

Oh, and at first when I saw this thread, I thought, OMG, is someone feeding their Hav ostrich?? LOL

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HA...mine do get buffalo from time to time.....ostrich might be the next big thing

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I thought someone was making ostrich jerky too!

Dawna- I have heard both sides of the argument and think of how they apply to human women as well. My mother had to have a full hysterectomy at 32 since her uterus was a tumor ground and it could lead too further complications. But I know she went thru a lot of hormone issues, etc. But without having that done, it would likely lead to cancer. I know dogs are different but I think there are some of the same arguments from vets, naturalist, etc.

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Thanks Missy and Amanda...something to consider for sure

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Jill feeds Tess Ostrich!




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Dawna~ I still regret (10 years later) not having our Sheltie spayed. She ended up w/mammary cancer which quickly spread to her lungs. I can't get over hearing the vet tell me, "If she'd been spayed, she may not have gotten this." I'll always feel guilty for not having it done.

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oh gosh Leslie. crap. I have to call my vet and talk to him today.
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15 years ago, my vet told me that a female that isn't bred has a much higher chance of developing breast/mammary cancer. We had an Elkhound that wasn't spayed until later years because she was a show dog, but we never intended to breed her. We did get her spayed later, but she did develop mammary cancer. The vet told us it was probably related to her being unspayed/unbred for those years.

I didn't want to say anything to be frightening, and I don't know this for a fact, but since Leslie was told the same thing, I'd better mention it too, for you to check out more fully. I'd hate to not say anything, and have it be true, and cause problems later.

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