I have spoken before on my all things natural about cancer in dogs. This week I went to see a vet who is a researcher into boas in French bulldogs, Pugs, English bulldogs, and cross breeds. We spoke about Vizsla as she was intrigued I owned Vizsla as well as the smaller breeds. Absolutely lovely lady who has dog breeds health at heart. She said they are seeing a huge increase in Vizsla with sarcoma attached to the spleens. She asked if any research had been done on the breed. I spoke to her and told her the only research that I knew about had been done in USA. Which had concluded that spaying too early the bitches or at all increases risks, and in males castration done too early, or at all increases risks.
We had suspicions when we had Weimaraners that something was triggering cancers, but their had been no research done at that time.
The cancers listed that dogs can have are bone cancer, lymphoma and Mast Cell Tumours. The lists of other health problems associated with spaying and neutering too early is growth problems, from joint disease, hip dysplasia, uneven growth in leg bones, leaving some dogs with a long leg one side to the other. Which then causes a limp, gate. Our normal veterinary surgeons have not read the research, many still will get you to neuter the dog early. Some however are telling owners to wait until the dog is older, but they are still doing it at 10 months which is still far too young.
We have to take note that not everyone wants to have an entire male, or a bitch that has seasons. But waiting for as long as possible before you go ahead to allow the joints to set in the dog. A puppy is classified as a puppy up to 12 months. Then the dog is an adolescence up to 18 months. The Vizsla does not mature until after 2 years of age. This is why breeding females are 2 years before they are mated. Dogs must finish growing, and must mature naturally so that they do not grow unevenly. We can soon spot a male which has been castrated too young by the look of the dog. Just remember you should allow your dog to grow up. Breeders used to say let females have one season, but I’m now thinking thats not enough. A minimum of 2 seasons, unless the bitch has pyometra which is infection in the uterus.
Please also take note I am not just saying all this as pie in the sky with no reason. We want our animals to be as healthy as possible. We are always going to participate in studies on dogs to forward the health of dogs in the future. We understand that their is no such thing as perfection with animals, and their is no such thing as owning an animal for 14 years with out ever visiting a vet. But the more we learn, we can share the information with you, so you can make decisions for your dogs which can increase their lifespan. Or live a life with out pain. This is why I am sharing this information with you all.
Some cancers are caused by farm land chemicals, pollutants from factories, and vehicles. Their is nothing we can do about these.
This is just a gentle reminder that animals are animals, just as we are animals, and we can try and do the best for our animals as possible.
Mrs Rachel Savage