Sunday, November 16, 2014

Black and White Sunday

Continuing our lives of chaos, yesterday we rounded up The Littles and headed to the vet for their weekly weight check, Midna's last round of shots, and a possible UTI on Zelda. Upon arriving and doing an exam of Zelda's UTI, the vet became concerned about pyometra - a uterine infection that happens in female dogs and is usually fatal if left untreated.

We had her taken back for x-rays to look for any signs of pyometra, while my best friend Cait and I chewed our nails and Midna flopped on the ground without a care in the world.

I tried doing this one in B&W and it looks really grim. We're going to break the rules a bit and leave it in color.

Luckily, Zelda showed no signs of pyometra, and we scampered home with another dose of Clavamox for a simple UTI.

The vet wants to have them spayed in about a month - something I don't feel entirely comfortable doing. The girls would be around 8 months by then, but with all of the other things going on with their health - the lack of nutrition, the delayed growth, the bizarre bone formation in their feet - I really don't want to spay them so soon. I'd prefer to wait a while and get closer to their first heat, but at the same time, I don't want them to go into heat and possibly have issues with hormonal aggression towards one another because of the presence of Bast.

I'd love to hear other peoples' thoughts on this, if you have an opinion on spaying. In general, spaying or neutering wolfdogs early is frowned upon because they do not reach maturity until around 2 years of age. I don't want to wait that long for the girls, but I'm not comfortable with 8 months. Any thoughts on this?


  1. Lovely photo of Bast. I wouldn't be comfortable with 8 months, either. Can it wait until they are 10-12 months?

    1. I'm going to push for it. It's going to be a delicate balancing game, because there are so many unknown factors in the mix. If they're mid contents, they could cycle either once a year like wolves or twice a year like dogs. With them in such bad condition and their growth so delayed, they could come into heat early or late, and they may not cycle at the same time, either.

      It's reproductive roulette here.

  2. I guess I would ask, "How much experience does your vet have with wolfdogs?" If your vet has a lot of experience and thinks they are healthy enough they I would really consider their suggestion.

  3. You have to decide what's the best and check the effect of it, if you prolong it. We can relate about UTI (sugar got it recently) Golden Woofs

  4. I add to A Nelson's response. How much experience does the vet have with wolfdogs and how much with dogs that have been this neglected? I think nixing their hormones when their development has been so stagnate feels wrong too.