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#1 BeetleBailey

 

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        Posted 19 October 2011 - 12:02 AM


Hi I am new to this forum and wanted to get some opinions. This my first lab :D . I have a 4 month old female and currently have her scheduled to be spayed next month on her 5 month birthday. After reading some information online I have noticed that much of what I was reading suggests waiting to get your dog spayed until she has had her first heat. What is everyone's opinion on spaying a young female? I was reading that their bones can become under-developed? Has anyone else heard of this? I am really starting to think I am going to wait until she has had her first heat. This may sound gross but I'm worried that her nipples will be swollen after her heat and won't return to normal. I have a family member whose female dog got really swollen nipples after her first heat and they have stayed that way. Also after she has her first heat how long do you have to wait until she can by spayed?


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        Posted 19 October 2011 - 04:15 AM

It sounds like what you saw could have been a "false" pregnancy. This happens sometimes with dogs. It's a hormonal imbalance and usually corrects itself in time. It's important not to spay a dog during this time if she has one. Wait until she returns to normal and everything is back in place.

Here is a article about this. We once had a Dalmatian that had false pregnancies. She'd actually carry a rolled up sock around like a "pup". Eventually when she got over it and returned to normal we had her spayed. It seems that if a dog has a false pregnancy, she's more likely to have another in the future. Spaying solves this problem.

I usually don't like to neuter a dog until about a year old. But that's just me. Most of the time when you see a dog that has been neutered at a young age it's because they could have come from a shelter and most states have laws stating that any dog that is in a shelter must be spayed or neutered before it can be adopted. This is for population control reasons.

I asked my vet about this some time ago, what is the best time to spay a dog. Her response was it was traditionally done at 6 months of age. Just make sure the dog is in a good mental/physical state at the time.

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        Posted 23 October 2011 - 08:54 PM

We had Steel spayed at 6 months, and that was the latest that our vet suggested before she started going into heat. There are plenty of pros and cons to spaying, just like there are to not spaying. I personally didn't want to deal with her going into heat, or the high possibility of another dog finding her and her ending up with puppies, no matter how careful we were.

Our vet also warned us of issues that could come up if we let Steel go through her first heat before spaying. I don't know if he was just bs-ing us or not. Either way, I'm fine with her being spayed and being on the smaller side. It hasn't affected her any, as far as I can tell or her medical records have shown. So I think if you spay at/before 6 months, you will be fine. If you spay after her first heat, you will be fine. It's your choice.
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        Posted 24 October 2011 - 01:15 PM

Exactly and the reasons for your decision are solid ones. Anyone who has a pet that is not neutered should take a walk through a shelter. It's heartbreaking at how many dogs are languishing there because of unwanted litters.

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        Posted 04 May 2012 - 02:21 PM

Just had my two girls spayed. They are 15 weeks old. I did some reading and talked to my vet. The risk of uterine infections and cancer go down with early spaying. I waited until they were walking on a leash, which is helping with their recovery.

I'll post some pictures over the weekend to my gallery (Sparky and Fiona), for those who have not done this and want to understand the process. The pups have to wear cones on their heads to keep them from chewing their stitches, and they cannot run, jump, or get wet for ten days. The first evening, they were pretty wobbly from the medication, but have recovered and are hard to hold back now.

My pups were crated together until the surgery. Since they cannot rough-house, I now have them in separate crates that face each other so they can see everything, and moved the crates to the living room where all the family activity happens. We're taking them out as often as they can be managed safely. It's fun to watch them learning to move around with the cones. We're feeding them kibble spread on the floor and helping hold the water dish, but otherwise all systems are working well.




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