Jewels Pardon Me Boys 'Sugar Baby' was born in April 2010. Her sire was Carousel Doggone Moonstruck and her DAM was Jewels Life's Silver Lining 'Sugar'.
According to Julie, Sugar Baby has mammary tumors . Recommended treatment for a dog of her age with this diagnosis is immediate spay and removal of tumors. The tumors should be biopsied and if determined malignant then a full mastectomy would be the next step.
I find myself asking 'Did Julie take Sugar Baby to a vet for the spay and tumor removal?'
In Sept 2018, Julie told me that in spite of the mammary tumors, she had bred Sugar Baby in the spring of 2018 and kept one of the female puppies to continue the Jewels breeding line. That would make Sugar Baby almost 8 yrs old.
The strictest standard to retire a dog from breeding is 5 years of age.
You should consult your vet when considering breeding a dog older than 5 years old.
In May 2014 Julie told me that Sugar Baby was bred to Castlehills Charmed I'm Sure and she delivered 9 puppies in March 2014.
They are pictured here with another Jewels Cockers, Cocker Spaniel litter delivered in March by Annie (Dottie's mother) with Jagger as the sire. I received this picture from Julie because two of the puppies are now with me.
When I met Julie in May of 2014 she said that a third litter of 5 was left at the hotel where Julie was staying at along with the puppies mother Sunday (Sugarfrance Sunday Morning) because they were still nursing.
She drove down from Lincoln to San Diego with a total of 20 puppies and one female adult in her van (535 miles) in May of 2014. I observed the van and the puppies in the picture. I did not see Sunday and her litter.
Mammary (or breast) tumors are common in female dogs. Surgical removal is recommended for most mammary tumors.
Chemotherapy may be required following surgery in some cases. The prognosis is good following surgical resection for most mammary tumors in female dogs.
Of dogs, poodles, dachshunds, and spaniels are most affected.
Mammary tumors are more common in female dogs that are either not spayed or were spayed after 2 years of age.
The risk of a dog developing a mammary tumor is 0.5% if spayed before their first heat (approximately 6 months of age), 8% after their first heat, and 26% after their second heat.
More than a quarter of unspayed female dogs will develop a mammary tumor during their lifetime.
In female dogs, 50% of mammary tumors are benign and 50% are malignant. However, few of the malignant mammary tumors are fatal if treated.