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The vet I go to is not old school but is actually a pretty cutting edge holistic vet (who also practices traditional medicine). However, I think it is important for everyone to find a vet that suits both their philosophy as well as what they have researched. Ex: Many vets still vaccinate every year but new thinking is that this isn't needed and that dogs/cats should be titered instead and only receive the vaccines that show a low immunity. I know holistic vets are definitely in line with this new thinking on vaccines and research.
I think this is the study you were referencing: "In fact, the literature states that the risk of developing mammary tumors in dogs spayed prior to the first estrus is 0.5%, 8% after the first estrus, and after the second estrus the risk will increase to 26% (Schneider, 1969)." Note that this research is quite old, and I'm not sure if newer research exists or not. I don't think that having only one heat cycle increases ovarian cancer at all as the ovaries are removed when the dog is spayed.
In some cases (with my dog and possibly in this case) the benefits of having one heat cycle may outweigh the increased chance of mammary cancer. For me, the urinary incontinence that my dog had greatly reduced the quality of her life as she was frequently wet (and depending would sometimes be wet up to the middle of her back due to all her moisture wicking Hav hair!). So, I was willing to make that choice.
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Last edited by pacehavi; 08-08-2010 at 04:33 PM.