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A disease in female goldens??

Sorry if I am not clear about this post, but today I had time to talk to one of the breeders that I was in contact with and she said the reason why she had to breed lots of litters was because I believe she said that two of her girls were diagnosed with something I don't know what it was called, but if she was not to breed them then it would have endangered their health. I believed it was something that started with an "M" sorry about the vagueness I am waiting for response as I asked her again.
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Stay FAR FAR away from this breeder. There is no reason in the world to 'breed lots of litters' and it certainly does not benefit the health of the dogs. It sounds like the breeder was referring to the 'disease'- pyometra - which is a potentially fatal infection female dogs can get if left intact and not bred.


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Wow, I've never heard it put that way before. I agree - I would do your research very carefully!
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I agree-sounds like pyometra and if so, it is not an excuse to breed "lots of litters." Now, girls who have been treated for pyo must generally be bred on their next cycle, as it is believed that they are more prone to pyo in the future. Usually then they are spayed as soon as they are done having litters. So, if this is an unusual situation for her (ie, she doesn't normally have 2 litters at the same time), it could be true. I would ask for more details about this because yes, if she had 2 girls who pyo'd, she would need to breed them on their next season and if they came in together (as often happens), she could find herself with 2 litters.

It could also be metritis, which is similar to pyometra but not quite the same. Metritis is a bacterial infection which can develop after giving birth, a non-sterile AI, etc. But that makes even less sense than pyo as a reason to breed.

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I don't see any reason, based on this short post to stay "far away from this breeder." If she had 2 girls who suffered from pyometra on their last seasons and bred them both this time, I could see that being the explanation for having multiple litters on the ground. Did the breeder really say "lots of litters"? I suspect this may have been a paraphrase by the OP. If this is an otherwise reputable breeder (which we have no evidence at the moment that it is NOT) then I would give the breeder the benefit of the doubt.

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It is a condition called pyometra. Is this a bad condition, does this have to change my ways in choosing this breeder?
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My question to the breeders and vets on this forum would be: How common is it for a young dog of breeding age to get pyometra and how likely would it be that 2 breeding bitches would get it at the same time?
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My question to the breeders and vets on this forum would be: How common is it for a young dog of breeding age to get pyometra and how likely would it be that 2 breeding bitches would get it at the same time?
I don't know any statistics but I have 2 friends whose girls just got pyo. Both were bred on their next seasons and are being bred back to back before they are spayed. I don't know exactly how common it is but it seems common enough. Perhaps one of the vets/breeders will have statistics.

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Just curious if the girls in this particular case will be spayed following their litters or if they will just continue to be bred every cycle.
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It is a condition called pyometra. Is this a bad condition, does this have to change my ways in choosing this breeder?
For me this would have no bearing on whether or not I chose this breeder or not. I would still want to verify all clearances (hip, elbow, heart and annual eye) are in order.

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