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Scheduled spay

I just scheduled Jasmine's spay for Monday and am feeling very nervous. She's about 6.5 months, and the vet was telling me all kinds of horror stories about what happens if she's already had a heat (which I haven't noticed but he said she could have already had a "silent heat"). I'm so nervous for her and put it off because I wasn't sure what the right thing to do is but it seems you can't do anything without feeling guilty about it!
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I just scheduled Jasmine's spay for Monday and am feeling very nervous. She's about 6.5 months, and the vet was telling me all kinds of horror stories about what happens if she's already had a heat (which I haven't noticed but he said she could have already had a "silent heat"). I'm so nervous for her and put it off because I wasn't sure what the right thing to do is but it seems you can't do anything without feeling guilty about it!
I would NEVER spay a puppy before 6 months or so, and if I had my choice, I'd wait until a year or so. It is VERY unlikely that a 6 month old has been in heat... can't say it's never happened, but it sure isn't common. If you wait until they are older, it's easy enough to wait until after a heat and then spay.

If you have decided that this is the right time for her and for you, I wouldn't worry about it. It's very common for female puppies to be spayed around her age. I think, in the long run, I WOULD be looking for a new vet. I think it's awfully unkind and unfair of him to be making you worry so unnecessarily. And I hate vets who heavily push early spay/neuter. I think it should be the owner's informed decision.


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I don't have a female dog, but it seems that in reading on the forum here that there is not 100% agreement as to when is the best time. I have read where some think it needs to be done before their first heat, and some believe it is better to allow them to have one heat. I agree with Karen in that I don't think it was cool for your vet to scare you like that.

Finn is scheduled for his neuter next week too. He is 14 months. I knew I wanted to wait until he was at least a year, and his breeder agreed to let us wait. I know I will fall apart after I drop him off, probably go out to the parking lot and throw up. Well, not really, but I will not rest easy until I hear he is out of surgery and OK. When Augie had his neuter, I got lots of housework done, so I wouldn't have time to dwell on it. I was in tears in the parking lot after I left Augie.

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