Why oh why didn't he spay this dog?

@Annmac (950)
April 23, 2008 2:44pm CST
I'm heart-broken, the sweetest Pomeranian I've ever known is possibly dying. She's only 12 which although a good age isn't old for her breed as they can live 15-18 years. She's not my dog but I've looked after both her and her disabled owner for 5 years and so feel very attached to her. She's had a disease called Closed Pyometra and needed to have an emergency hysterectomy (a very difficult and dangerous operation in these circumstances) but the infection has spread to her Kidneys and the Vet is now talking 'Euthanasia' She also told me this was one of the most common causes of death in an older female and by the time the dog shows signs of illness it's often too late! Whilst I was at the Vets I noticed their price board. A spay before heat £80 after £160. Expensive I'll admit however - The operation alone cost £1,600, with x-rays, medications and hospitalisation adding another £400+ he could have saved himself a lot of expense and a great deal of heart-ache. His reasons for not spaying, he wanted her to have a litter and as she got older he didn't think it mattered! He thought it wasn't worth putting her through an operation then! I feel so angry with him and I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to support him if the worst happens tomorrow! As a dog/cat owner for 50+ years I've lost my furry companions to old age or disease but this just seems so cruel!
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@KarenO52 (2952)
• United States
24 Apr 08
That is so sad, and would have been unnecessary if she had been spayed earlier. Perhaps her owner had no clue as to what could happen. I have to admit that I had never heard of closed pyometra. I looked it up, and even when the operation goes well and the infection is contained, the dog may have to be given pain pills during recovery. I've always had my pets fixed as soon as possible to prevent any reproductive related problems. I've heard people say that a female dog that has never had a litter will get weird. I've never seen that, and I don't think that is a valid concern.
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@Annmac (950)
24 Apr 08
I was a bit angry when I wrote it, now I'm just so sad as she didn't make it. I can't blame him, he didn't know what could happen and he's devastated and blaming himself too. I just wish people would realise that spaying isn't just about stopping a pet having babies. I've never had a female go 'weird' either!
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@metschica25 (5411)
• United States
26 Nov 08
Hello , I am sorry to hear about this all and i hope something will work out and the dog will be ok. maybe you can adopt her and get all this done? it is much money tho .she sounds like a one of a kind dog . I read in a book for the girl dogs it is very important to have that done for many reasons . if you are not breeding you should have it done . going thru heat is very hard for a dog and sometimes it does cause probs down there too like cancer again i am sorry and know too i am an animal lover !