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What is Giardia?
Spay & Neuter
Flying your FCR
The Whelping Box
your Flat-Coated Retriever
Spayed or Neutered
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If youre thinking about having your Flat-Coated
Retriever spayed or neutered, its vital for you to understand that these are major
surgical procedures. Thus, its critical for you to know enough about them to make
some major decisions which involve a small amount of risk to a beloved (and loving) member
of your family.
The best place to start is by spelling out a few serious
- Responsible Flat-Coat ownership: This means making the
safest decisions that will result in the longest and happiest life for your Flat-Coated
Retriever. Feeding your Flat-Coated Retriever a premium diet goes a long way toward this
- Spay: This is an ovariohysterectomy that is, an
operation during which the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes are surgically removed.
- Neuter: This is a castration in other words, surgery
during which the testicles and epididymis are totally removed.
- General anesthesia: A state of unconsciousness that can be
induced by various medications or drugs. Frankly, there is always some risk involved in
this procedure. The goal is to minimize that risk to your Flat-Coats life in every
way possible. This is a situation in which "uneventful" is best!
Ultimately, every FCR should be spayed or neutered for
health reasons, either early in life or once their breeding life is over usually
before 8 years old. In fact, if you never want your Flat-Coated Retriever to have puppies,
its a good idea to have the surgery done before they reach 5 months of age. This can
prevent certain kinds of behavior and some medical conditions from ever developing.
- An ovariohystrerectomy (spay) will help your female
Flat-Coat avoid an infection of the uterus. This common condition poisons the body and
frequently results in death.
- Hormones can influence the development of tumors in dogs,
especially mammary (breast) cancer. If spayed before the first heat cycle (6 10
months), it can reduce the risk by a factor of 10.
- Castrating a male FCR reduces its chances of cancer of the
prostate and will usually reduce the tendency to wander.
What Else You Should Know!
Theres another important reason to have your
Flat-Coated Retriever spayed or neutered
When it comes to dogs, we simply
have "too much of a good thing."
Everyone loves puppies and kittens, but not everyone is
prepared to take on the responsibility of owning an adult dog or cat. The sad result is
overcrowded shelters where the all too often outcome is euthanasia. It is estimated that
millions of dogs are euthanized each year simply because there arent enough homes to
Have your Flat-Coated Retriever spayed or neutered
Its best for your dog, your family, and the Flat-Coated Retriever population at
large. If an accidental pregnancy does occur, contact your vet right away.