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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-02-2008, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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What's the right age for Spay

I can't seem to search well on this site - so I'll ask a routine question...at what age do you recommend a Hav gets spayed? Lola is 8 months. I have heard everything from 4 months to a year, so I feel you would all have more appropriate advice for a Hav. Thanks to all for your constant help.
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The routine answer, I think is 6 months, but you will hear a variety of responses. How much of a problem would it be for you if your Lola went into heat? How much does Lola weigh? Do you know what age Momma was when she went into heat? If Lola went into heat, what are the chances of she getting pregnant? Is she exposed to male dogs? Does she sometimes get out?
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I would agree to the 6 month average. If not planning on breeding, get her in before her 1st heat. If she goes into heat, it can take up to another 2 months, I believe?, after heat has finshed before she could get spayed.

I heard from 'general dog websites' between 4 -6 months...most leaning towards the latter with smaller dogs. But for males, earlier alterations can have a big positive effect (from which I read) on leg lifting, etc.
 
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My vet and all those near us are very pro early spays. Our vet has a special package if you get your dog spayed before 6 months. We felt Norah was ready at 5 and a half months and she did great. The next day she was up and running like usual!
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