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Old 11-23-2012, 07:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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When is the best time do spay? I know they say before the first heat cycle. I know if you spay young they keep more of their puppy. But I don't necessarily want that lol.


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I spayed my girls at 6 months before their first heat and they are fine. Maybe others on this site have had different attitude changes with their pups.
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I had all my girls spayed at 6 months with no problems.
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I'm waiting till after her first heat cycle which has been advised by my vet and breeder. They both say that it reduces the risk of urinary tract infections in a dog who has already had one (she had one when I got her) and a couple female dogs I had in the past both ended up with leaky bladders that was caused by spaying too early (6months) and had to be on meds for years.

So these are my reasons why I'm waiting a little longer, but before Aria I've always had my dogs spayed by 6 months.


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See. My vet and everyone I have talked to said spay before first heat cycle. It reduces their chance of cancer. Where if you let them have their first heat cycle the chance of cancer goes up to 68%


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See. My vet and everyone I have talked to said spay before first heat cycle. It reduces their chance of cancer. Where if you let them have their first heat cycle the chance of cancer goes up to 68%
They are talking about mammary cancer, not cancer in general. Spaying after sexual maturation actually decreases the risk of some types of cancer. There was a thread posted here a while back that had an excellent podcast link in it that is well worth listening to. It presents the latest research on the best age to spay/neuter. I think it's important for people to have all the facts before deciding.

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My rescue girl was spayed at 2.5 years old and had gone through a few heat cycles before being spayed, she's almost 4.5 years old now with no issues. I'm in favor of spaying after the first heat cycle since I think it gives the vulva time to mature, I've heard of bitches having urinary issues when spayed before first heat (Millie's mom may come in and talk about that.)

So Kristy if you think you can handle it, I vote letting her go through a heat cycle to get everything matured.
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Good to know. I'm sure we can handle a heat cycle lol. Just didn't want to deal with more than that.


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As said before, the only benefit to spaying early is to reduce the risk of mammary cell cancer. It by no means that if you wait until after her first heat cycle that she will predisposition towards mammary cancer, so if you believe that it's going to help her with infections and you can handle 1 heat cycle then I would wait.
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