Meet 7-year-old Siberian Husky, Gypsy. She’s recently undergone surgery after the discovery of a mammary gland tumour during her annual vaccination and wellness exam, with Dr. Dawn.

Mammary, or breast tumours, can be common in female dogs – with more than 25% of entire (non-desexed) females developing these tumours during their lifetime. In most cases, surgical removal is the recommended course of action, as was the case for Gypsy.


While the exact causes for the development of mammary tumours are not fully understood, it is well known that exposure to specific hormones, specifically oestrogen and progesterone, increases the risk for developing these cancers.

In preparation for Gypsy’s procedure, a comprehensive preanaesthetic blood profile was performed. Not only did this allow the team to ensure Gypsy was fit for surgery, these tests also provide a great baseline for future reference.

With all bloodwork results appearing normal, Gypsy was scheduled for mammary tumour removal alongside routine desexing, to remove the risk of future hormonal influences.

We’re pleased to report the surgery was a big success. Gypsy was sent home with a course of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and pain relief and advised strict rest. We’re thrilled to hear she is recovering well at home – what a brave girl!

 Routine desexing plays an important role in the preventative healthcare of our pets. Not only does this procedure eliminate the risk of unwanted pregnancies, it’s also a great way to reduce the risk of mammary tumours in our female patients.

We typically advise desexing at 16 weeks of age – a day procedure that easily coincides with your pet’s final puppy or kitten vaccination.

For more information on the desexing of your pet, feel free to have a chat with one of our friendly vets or nurses.