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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-14-2007, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Spay/ Neuter

Thought I would post an informative article I found on spaying and neutering! Full of info

I'm still leaning towards waiting until after the first heat, the increased risk is pretty slight, plus I think it will be better for her bone health if I wait until she is hormonally mature. (Is that a word? lol)

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http://www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/LongT...uterInDogs.pdf

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That was a very interesting read, Kara. I was surprised to learn there were disadvantages to spay/neuter - no one has ever mentioned them to me. I'm required by my contract to neuter, and my vet has recommended doing it right at 6 months. That article makes you stop and think. Of course, I guess that even if you can't justify neutering a male for health reasons, you can justify it for behavioral or population control reasons. I'm still surprised that the facts aren't more widely publicized, though.
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I have thought about that also but i have to neuter Jax by 6 months old. Its in his contract. I do think 6 months is young but what do i know.

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Well, I'm surely wouldn't encourage anyone not to neuter or spay. I intend on doing so, it is just a matter of *timing* with me. I am apprehensive about the procedure before she is fully developed....like someone said in a previous thread, would you do a hysterectomy on a 12 year old girl?

I did talk to my vet, and my vet recommends to everyone to do it before 6 months (for the cancer reason) but cancer isn't the only thing that can go haywire. My reasoning right now, is since the Havanese breed is predisposed to chrondodysplasia (a bone issue) wouldn't it make more sense to let her bones fully develop before yanking her hormones out?

I've learned through all my dealing with doctors (for human reasons) that they ALWAYS just tell you one side of the story! lol, or lean towards one school of thought, so they don't talk about the other school of thought.

I've been researching this a few weeks, and I'm a little surprised at how many females that were spayed before 6 months experience such radical change in behavior (almost leaning towards aggresiveness) and have various bone related issues years later and/or diabetes.

I haven't really focused on males, so I can't say that applies to them. But I think there are probably variances among different breeds, too.

I'm still calling my cousin (vet) and talking to him about it.

I don't know why I'm so fearful regarding this......maybe my gut is just telling me to wait. Usually, when I go against a gut feeling, something bad happens

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Kara, are you contractually obligated to have her spayed by 6 months?

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I can't remember if it specified 6 months or not, but its too late now, anyways (she is 7 months). The contract is at the office, but I already have her AKC papers in my possession. I just looked at them the other day, and I can still file them after she is 1 yr old, I just have to pay $30 more dollars.

We went on vacation the week she was supposed to be spayed. Timing was really bad. I just couldn't see taking her on vacation when she was recovering, or even worse, kenneling her

I do intend to keep my word and spay her..just weighing the pros and cons on timing.

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I just feel the sooner the better, get it over with and they can move on. My girls did very well with their spay,the only day that I was upset about their condition is the night they came home from afternoon surgery. Within a week they were back to normal!!! I am sure that Gucci will be fine once you decide to do this.
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I'm contractually obligated to WAIT until

Winston is 8-10 months for the bones to fully grow in before neutering.

Interesting.

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Hello all!!!
My breeder recommends waiting until she is a year old. My vet says to do it at six months or earlier. I am going to wait until she is around seven or eight months old. I am still not sure if I am going to show her or not!!! I do know that I do not want to breed her. So if i do not want to breed her then I should get her fixed. I just go back and forth on the whole subject. I am going to take a look at that article. I hope all is well with everyone!!!

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I just emailed my breeder with my concerns, so I'm curious as to what she'll say. I gather that breeders have different opinions on this, too...since they all have different vets advising them.

*sigh*

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