Hi, all, I got a beautiful female spoo puppy a few months ago. our breeder believes they should be two years old before they are spayed. Shortly after we got the dog I learned I have breast cancer--we don't know yet if it's stage 2 or 3, but I will definitely need chemo and radiation (I already had 2 surgeries). I am really worried now about the dog going into heat (she's 5 months old now) and trying to control her during that period. We have only had one dog and it was a male--he was neutered around 6 months. I want to do what's good for her health but when she's in heat I understand she can't even go play in our fenced yard unsupervised, since a dog could jump the fence, and she surely can't go to a doggy park or doggy day care. We have only the 1 dog so she doesn't get much exercise unless we're out with her. I'm so worried I won't be able to take care of her properly when she's in heat. Is it so terrible if we have her spayed before I start my chemo? I know vets have different opinions about this. Our vet said it was good for her to have 1 heat but that discussion took place before my breast cancer diagnosis. Thanks for any advice you can offer.