Golden Video of the Week – Puppy Golden Retriever Comforts Older Dog

Hi everyone. Hope you are enjoying your summer with your fur friends. Hopefully be back to blogging real soon. In the meantime, here’s a cute video of a golden retriever puppy comforting their new friend.

Reader Question: Spaying an Older Female Golden Retriever

A Golden Retriever at 12 years old with hip pr...

A Golden Retriever at 12 years old with hip problems (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A reader commented on my post On Cancer and Spaying or Neutering Your Golden Retriever and I thought he raised a few good questions.  Was wondering if anyone had any advice for him.  I have only owned male goldens, so I can’t offer any personal advice.

I am currently fostering a 7 yr old golden who supposedly was a breeder dog. In order to go ahead and adopt her. ( She had some health issues we were fostering her for), she also needs to be spayed. My questions are 1. What are the risks at this age ? 2. Does she really need to be spayed from a health standpoint since she will be staying with us forever at this point. Do dogs still go into heat at this age?

Some points are we have other dogs and everyone including the golden get along perfectly by the way.
I guess my main question is is that is it worth the risk to get her spayed for the sake of getting her spayed?

Does anyone have any advice for Mike?