A WORTHING animal charity has warned owners to have their pets spayed to avoid fatal tumours and infections.
Wadars animal rescue charity has recently taken in a nine-year-old female Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Rosie, who nearly died after developing Pyometra, a potentially fatal infection.
Only unspayed dogs are susceptible to Pyometra, in which the uterus becomes infected and fills with pus.
After developing the condition, Rosie had to undergo an emergency spay operation and now has to go through another procedure to remove mammary tumours, which are also a risk for unspayed dogs.
Tracy Cadman, Wadars operations manager said: “Rosie is a really lovely dog and has come into us because her elderly owner died.
“It’s such a shame that she wasn’t spayed when she was much younger as she has really been through the wars with the severe infection she developed, and now has to have another operation to remove these tumours. If she had been spayed when she was young, preferably before her second season, then the likelihood is that she wouldn’t have developed either condition.
“You would never know that she’s nine years old. She’s a very friendly animal and has lived with both children and other dogs. Rosie will make a great pet for someone and we will be looking for a home for her once she has recuperated from her operation.”
Readers can find out more about the charity by calling 01903 247111, or visiting www.wadars.co.uk.
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