Have a bit of interesting info about spaying. Went to see my new vet in Shijr today and got talking about Moli, my bitch that ran off with a pack of mountain strays. He reckons that maybe she wasn’t spayed properly (she was too young, everything wasn’t removed properly – happens all the time here with shoddy vets, he says) So maybe her body was still able to make hormones and after four years of being cooped up with two castrated males she leaped at the chance to run off for some sex! (can’t blame her, really!)
Don’t even know even if this is actually physically possible – maybe the spay took out the womb but not all the ovaries, so she didn’t come in heat and bleed but her body still made oestrogen? The vet said asked whether our two boys used to sniff her a lot, which they did, so maybe she was kind of coming into heat every now and then. It would explain why after four years she got the urge to clamber over a six-foot fence every day to cavort with mountain dogs (she came back every night for a month) and then finally run away into the hills with them! Opportunity came knocking – or sniffing!
Maybe this is a case for spaying a little later so everything is big enough for an incompetent vet surgeon to remove? When we had one of the cats done at six months the vet said everything was tiny and he had a hard time locating what was supposed to taken out (shudder!)
Anyway, something else to add to the list of things to worry about for your dogs!