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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!I definitely understand the fears of the surgery and at 9 years old if she is otherwise healthy and lean a spay can be done without complications readily. The concern for leaving her fixed at this age does primarily lay with an infection in her uterus which can occur as she ages more frequently and can be an emergency. CLICK HERE for more information on this conditionThere unfortunately are always risks with anesthesia but we do minimize the risks with current medications and anesthetics. With a skilled surgeon the procedure should take <30 minutes to perform and reduce her risks of having an infection in her uterus but in some situations other concerns such as mammary gland cancersI hope this information was helpful to you in making a decision with how to proceed. A spay is an abdominal procedure and again there are always risks even with young healthy pets but at this point in veterinary medicine they are minimal and it should help her hopefully live many more years to come. If she is a healthy happy dog that has no issues with preoperative bloodwork I would not hesitate to move forward with a spay for her at this timePlease let me know how else I can assist you both today
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