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Vet advising me to spay my 5.5mth old pup?

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by kam200, Apr 10, 2011.


  1. kam200

    kam200 PetForums Junior

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    Hi everyone, I've got Poppy who's 5.5mths old and is a Lhasa Apso. She's around 5kg and will reach around 6.5kg as an adult.

    My vets (the vets 4 pets chain) have informed me that they recommend to spay before the pup has had their first season citing the reduction in the chances of contracting mammary tumours.


    She's booked in for the op tomorrow but I'm getting cold feet as I feel she's still a bit too young. I know small breeds reach maturity faster and that she's nearly at adult weight but it just feels a tad too soon and I'm thinking of cancelling the op for another date.

    So has anyone got any advice or guidance or even website links for me to make a fully informed decision on this as I've only heard my vets opinion and as much as I know they want me to have a healthy dog they're also a business at the end of the day.

    Thanks alot peeps :001_smile:

    Kayleigh and Poppy Puppy
     
  2. Pixie2010

    Pixie2010 PetForums Senior

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    Hi. Understand your dilemma but can only go with experience. I had my shihtzu done at 6 months and it was easy. She recovered well and I had no issues with stitches etc. Didn't even need a collar. She is still the gorgeous calm cute monster she has always been.
    I know there ate fors and against them having one season bit personally I would rather her have had the op than have to miss 3/4 weeks of socialising. Good luck x
     
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    Morning

    I think the majority of vets advise to do this prior to the first season however different breeds grow at different rates and I think if you are having second thoughts your first port of call should be the breeder.

    Good luck with whatever you decide. :smile:
     
  4. lexie2010

    lexie2010 PetForums Senior

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    Lexie (beagle) was spayed at 6mths old (shes nearly 13mths now) on the advice of my vet, op went fine, recovery was so speedy and she hasnt looked back. vet said better to do it before 1st season to reduce risk of mammary tumours and i was happy that they know best. I had changed vet a while before that as i didnt feel happy with previous vet and didnt want him operating on my dog, so i would also say make sure you are happy with your vet and can trust them 100%, new vets are great and totally trusted their judgement then and since.
     
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    Mum2Heidi PetForums VIP

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    Oh dear I'm sorry you have this difficult decision to make. I still chastise myself occasionally if I should have left it longer. Darned it you do, darned if you dont:rolleyes:

    My feelings are definately to wait until the dog is mature, physically and mentally. I would NEVER neuter/spay at 5 months. (but thats my opinion)

    I think there is a high risk of urinary probs if done early - but yes, it lessens the risk of mammary cancer. Only by 5% tho. If you have them done up to about 2 (I think) the risk of mammary cancer is only 5% greater but the risk of urinary problems becomes minimal.

    I have a little terrier and had her spayed 3 months after her first season. I am happy with this (ish) but if I had a bigger dog, would def wait until at least after the second. Cant change it now but in hindsight wonder if I should have waited till after the second.

    Hope this helps somewhat. No doubt you will be confused but all you can do is weigh up the facts and do what you feel will be best.:D:D
     
  6. Twiggy

    Twiggy PetForums VIP

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    Many people have very strong views on whether to spay before or after the first season and I respect their views.

    All I will say is that both myself and my sister have had all ours spayed at about 5.1/2 months (19 bitches in total) and have never encountered any problems.

    The myth that you will end up with an incontinent juvenile deliquent is absolute rubbish as ours have competed at the very top level in obedience competitions, heelwork to music, agility and sheepdog trials over many years.

    Just my personal opinion but hope it helps.
     
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    canuckjill PetForums VIP

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    Very hard decision there are pros and cons, I personally like to wait until after 2 for a bigger dog and after 1 for a smaller one....Jill
     
  8. Maiisiku

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    Alot of people wait a season or two. It can mature them. But you absoulty must keep her in when she's in season or you'll have an angry mob of males at your door!
     
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    Amethyst PetForums VIP

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    There is a time when I would have always spayed before first season, and in some cases it may still be in the bitch's best interests. But for my own dogs, I think I'd wait until after first season.

    Good luck with the spay :)
     
  10. PennyH

    PennyH PetForums Senior

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    We had Suki (Saluki cross) speyed prior to her first season and have had no problems at all with her.
    Josie (springer x lab) caught us out by having a season when my mum was very ill, so she was speyed after her first season - again no problems at all.
    Now we have Dexter (aged 6 months) and I am in the same quandry about when to have him neutered - soon, or wait until he matures?
    He is a cavalier x poodle by the way.
    Not much help really but just wanted to say it is also a problem with boys!!!
    Good luck whatever you decide.
     
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    kaisa624 PetForums VIP

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    I personally would wait until after first season with bitches, and 18 months for dogs.
     
  12. McKenzie

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    After weighing up the pros and cons I decided to wait until after Kenzie's first season (which she is having now). She will be nearly 1 when spayed. In my view there are few benefits to spaying before her season (I know the mammatory tumor thing but waiting until after her season doesn't make too much of a difference) and more benefits in waiting.

    When I told my vet I was going to wait until after her season to spay her, he said that would be his recommendation too.

    It's a tough decision to make! Good luck! :)
     
  13. molly moo

    molly moo PetForums Member

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    i had molly done just before she was 6months , and it all went well , the reason i had her done was for her benefit and mine, as she was staying at my mums whilst i went on hol and didn't want loads of dogs round her as there where alot of dogs off the lead near my mums and didn't think it would be far to my mums dog max as well if tho he has had his op x
     
  14. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    I had Lilly my Maltese cross spayed at 6 months.
    I've never regretted it. She recovered quickly and has had no problems since, she is now 3 years old.
    I think 1/2 the vets and general public say spay before 1st season and 1/2 say spay after 1st or even 2nd season.
    I think you need to do what you feel is best for you and your little girl.
     
  15. kam200

    kam200 PetForums Junior

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    Hi everyone, I've to'ed and fro'd all day but I think I'm going to go ahead with it. She's currently tucking into her last supper blissfully unaware of what tomorrow has in store for her :(

    Thanks again everyone
     
  16. It is true what you vet is saying,
    I have larger breed dogs though and my dogs do not mature until older so would not really be an option for me.
     
  17. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    She'll be fine - it's you that'll be in a state ;)
    Is she chipped already - we got Lilly chipped the same time :)
     
  18. dvnbiker

    dvnbiker PetForums Senior

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    my vet advised me to wait until three months after first season so that is what I did. I like the idea of the dog being fully matured before speying.
     
  19. kam200

    kam200 PetForums Junior

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    It's so hard when every vet seems to recommend different things isn't it!
    Yes she's been chipped already (how big is that needle please?! Hehe) but she does have a very small belly button hernia which they're going to fix at the same time aswell which I'm glad about.
     
  20. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    That's good that they can sort out her hernia at the same time.
    I found the most difficult bit was keeping my girl quiet afterwards.
     
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