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There are also risks, sometimes acutely life-threatening, with leaving them intact.
Pyometra is a true emergency, and treatment usually involves surgery on an extremely sick bitch. The more heat cycles a bitch goes through, the higher her chances of pyometra get.
The less life threatening risks in leaving a bitch intact include false pregnancies, which may cause some significant physical and mental changes because of their hormoe levels. Some bitches don't seem to be bothered, while others collect "puppies", and act like their collection of toys, shoes, etc, are actual puppies, and will be very possessive of them, and get distressed when they are taken away. Some, like my pittie, actually lactate.
I've seen some of Dr. Becker's videos, and tend to take what she says with a very large grain of salt. For me, although I'm now more inclined to leave my bitches intact for at least one heat cycle, the advantages of spaying outweigh the disadvantages.
Editing to add that if you can find a vet who can do an ovary sparing spay that removes the entire uterus and cervix while leaving one (sometimes both) ovary, that could be a good compromise between leaving her completely intact and a doing a complete spay. The caveat with that is that she will still cycle, and while not as attractive to males, could still get bred, which could result in some serious injuries due to the nature of the surgery.
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