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Are Dog Hormonal Supplements Necessary After Spaying

by Amelie and Our Veterinarian

Reader Question on Dog Hormone Replacement Therapy after a dog is spayed


Hi,

My 5 months old female German Shepherd has just been spayed. She had an Ovario-Hysterectomy. Recently, I have been reading a lot about the disadvantages for the dog of losing her normal oestrogen level, resulting this surgery.

I was wondering if any hormonal supplement of oestrogen could be administered to my dog for her to avoid these inconveniences.

Thank you.

Vet Suggestion Regarding Dog Hormone Replacement Therapy and is it necessary after a dog is spayed

Hi Amelie,

Every medical procedure has its potential risks and benefits. The general consensus within the veterinary community is that the benefits of spaying far outweigh the risks. For example, by spaying your dog before she has had a heat cycle you have virtually eliminated the chance that she will get breast cancer or a potentially fatal uterine infection called a pyometra in the future. These are both very common problems in older, unspayed females.

I do not recommend that you give an estrogen supplement. Doing so is also not without risk. Dogs that receive estrogen supplements can develop bone marrow suppression and breast cancer. I think you have made the right decision for your dog by having her spayed.

Regards,

Jennifer Coates, DVM

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Nov 11, 2017
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Would you compromise your own hormones? NEW
by: Anonymous

Of course not. But that is what vets are asking you to do to your best friend in the name of sterilization. What ever happened to vasectomies and tubal ligations as sterilization options for our dogs? Please take heed of some of the other commenters here. And please, check out http://HealthyAndHappyDog.wordpress.com for important details.

Apr 09, 2017
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If you love your pets do not alter them. NEW
by: Anonymous

Spaying and neutering increases the incidences of most cancers because it seriously hampers their immune system. Look at humans. Humans do not undergo overectomy (removal of ovaries) or removal of testicles unless it is medically indicated. And look at Lance Armstrong. Even though he had testicular cancer and removed his testicles, he takes hormone replacement therapy. Why? Because hormones help you stay healthy and strong for a longer period of time. Do you know why incidents of cancer increase as people and animals age? I believe the primary reason is a reduced vigorous immune system stemming partly from a reduced level of hormones that naturally occur with aging.

Mar 10, 2016
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dog spaying/neutering damages dog's health badly NEW
by: Anonymous

I lost my dog prematurely to cancer due to early neutering. All vets are liars, there are NO benefits for dog to mutilate them! People do it for their own comfort nothing else. Next time you are offered to spay your dog ask your vet if she will remove her own healthy ovaries just in case that she may get ovarian cancer in the future. See what she answers. Hypocrites, they don't care about your dog's health at all. I have seen only one vet during my life who admitted the damage she done by early spay/neutering her clients dogs because later she had to deal with so many health issues those dogs developed and she honestly apologized. Most of the vets act like zombies keep repeating how wonderful the spay/neuter surgery is for your dog.

Sep 21, 2015
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Spaying Increase Incidence of ALL Cancers! NEW
by: John Seville VMD

Your Vet forgot to inform you of the downside of spaying at that early an age. Dogs have a greatly increased risk of all cancers, except Breast and Ovarian. Bone cancer risk increases several fold, as does Hemangiosarcoma, both are the deadliest of all dog cancers! Every other cancer increases at least double. Spaying is a bad idea for lots of reasons, only good reason is it makes Vets money! Keep a very close eye on your dog and constantly check for early signs of cancer, doing ultrasounds twice yearly for Hermangiosarcoma especially! Sorry to have to sent you a wake up call, but no one else has.

John

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