I am on the list for a local rescue shelter to adopt Ariel who is a Shih Tzu that was surrendered by a breeder. She is 4 years old and has been spayed, had all her shots and been microchipped. But I have never had a pet that was not spayed or neutered at a young age. Are there any health risks she might have in the future because she has had puppies that I should be aware of before I commit to her? I filled out an application today and they said they will review all her applications and then pick the best fit for her and do interviews. I have not even met her yet, so now is the time to know if this is a bad idea. Because once I fall in love, common sense goes out the window.
Since the dog is now spayed, the risk of uterine cancer drops like a stone. The biggest risk for cancer is having a female, not breeding her, and keeping her intact.She was breeding stock, is still young, and I don't think there are any more risks, other than those that can sometimes be expected in old age. I hope you get her, good luck.
I did not realize that pen2. I had a golden retriever before that I got when she was 4 and a half and she had been bred. I did not now any better (have learned alot since then) and did not have her spayed. Well when she was 10 she got mammory cancer or breast cancer what ever you want to call it. I always thought it played part because she had been a breeding dog!
klkrieg, I'm very sorry that you lost your dog to cancer. It's unfortunate that your vet did'nt recommend spaying. People have different opinions on this, but my vet insists that if a dog, or a bitch is not being used, cancer is a very real possibility.I spay and neuter all my retired breeding stock, and have so far not had cancer with any of them.
Minn the early spaying risks are a bigger deal for large breed dogs than smaller breed dogs. In smaller breeds, it's actually better to spay earlier. The risk of mammary cancer increases by about 10% with each heat cycle/season. Not to mention the risks of pyometra. I know with larger breeds that there is evidence of issues with incontinence and that their bone developement can be stunted - but from all the research I have done those things haven't been verified/proven in smaller breeds.
The risk of health issues on a retired breeding dog are less a concern than what her health care was during those early years (diet, excercise, grooming, dental care...). If she's in good health now you shouldn't see a problem.
Thanks everybody for your advice! I will have to wait and see what comes from the application. I would assume that since the rescue is an hour away in MA that I'd be lower on the list since they would have to do a home visit and I am in CT. I also have 3 cats and my dog Max plus I work outside the home 3 days a week, so they may go for somebody better suited to handle a rescue. I just thought that since I have a fenced in yard at my new house and lots of love to share that I would try. But if she has other people that want her, then that makes me just as happy for her. I also think that a good breeder usually adopts out the retirees herself and not through a shelter so I am thinking either Ariel is from a puppy mill or just a bad situation. But this shelter does foster care and evaluates the animal and gets all it's medical care before adopting it out. As some of you know, I just lost my persian kitten during surgery to correct a congenital disorder so I just want to be cautious and not set myself up for more heartbreak.
Well, Ariel is gone off of Petfinder and nobody ever called me so I guess I wasn't chosen. Everything happens for a reason. I am thinking now that a new dog, especially and adult, is not the best idea with my cats. After I posted this, I had an opportunity to try to help out a friend by adopting his Mom's Shih-Tzu because she was going in a nursing home. I brought the dog home for one evening and the little bugger bit me and then growled to keep me away the rest of the night. I had to send him back because I don't have the time to work out his problems right now. I feel my cats would be at risk being alone with him and I can't be home all day. He was just too aggressive and trying to be dominant. Later the woman's son admitted that his dominance was already a problem with his Mom. I know that they will find him another home and that he won't end up in a shelter though. But that dog needs a male owner and he needs to be an only pet. So I'm going to stick with my current fur family for now.