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Q. My dog is 8 years old and hasn't been spayed yet, can she still be fixed?

Answered By
DANA KOCH, VMD, MLAS

A. There are many benefits to spaying, even later in life. The primary reason to is to prevent infection of the uterus - called pyometra - since it can be deadly. However, your regular vet may want to run bloodwork and do a physical exam to make sure there aren't any issues that would compromise her safety. I would check in with them and see whether she's healthy enough for a spay!


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