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We plan on having Jazz spayed at exactly 6 months...September 4th. But I've been hearing that we should wait until after she goes in heat for the first time. Someone told me it if we didn't wait, it will cause weak bladder muscles and Jazz will begin peeing everywhere. I would like to hear more opinions on this subject. Thanks !!!
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I had the exact same questions. Avery turned 6 months this Sunday and I was thinking about getting her spayed this week sometime. Just kind of worried about the whole thing. Thanks
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Goodness, I never heard of that "side effect"!! My vet recommended at 6 months, and never told me to have my girls go through their first heat, although I know some on the forum have more info on that.

My girls, and Logan were all done at 6 months & none have had any problems.

I am sure that Avery will be fine. I found, and I am sure many will agree, that dropping them off at the vets, is the hardest thing - and the LONGEST day!! We worry so much about our babies, but after the first night of drowsyness, they are fine & it is hard to keep them calm!!

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I have Casey scheduled to be spayed on the 19th of this month. She will be almost exactly 6 months old. My vet didn't say anything one way or another about weak bladder muscles.
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Thanks for your replies. I'm sure every case is different and I'm sure I am just being an overprotective Mom. I want to do what's best for Jazz. And yes Laurie - I already thought about how I'm going to feel leaving her for the night. I don't suppose the vet would let me stay there all night with her. At least I will have Jake at home to keep me occupied plus all the support I will get from everyone on the forum.
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I've never heard of incontinence as a problem from post-op spay surgery. If that were the case, that would be more likely from a botched surgery than due to age.
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Here's a link to a study that may help you with your decision.

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I've done a ton of research myself on this. Darley will be 6 months in September. I'm going to wait. Most vets will tell you to fix them at 6 months because they don't want unwanted pregnancies. I completely understand that. But I want the best for my dog so I will wait until at LEAST after her first heat. I've been told its best to wait a year and half but we'll have to wait and see. Also were we live there is NO chance that she could get pregnant which is something else to consider.

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I have never heard of the bladder side effect. I have heard of waiting with a male to neuter at 1 year, but it is recommended that a female be spayed before their first heat cycle. There are many changes that occur in the uterine lining after a heat cycle, and if that can be avoided it is best for the female to never go through one.
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We plan on having Jazz spayed at exactly 6 months...September 4th. But I've been hearing that we should wait until after she goes in heat for the first time. Someone told me it if we didn't wait, it will cause weak bladder muscles and Jazz will begin peeing everywhere. I would like to hear more opinions on this subject. Thanks !!!
I did a TON of research on this topic, and spoke with 2 different vets and a few breeders and I never EVER ran across this side effect. There are pros and cons no matter when you spay them.

Most people that wait until after their first heat (like me) do it to allow their hormones to fully assist in bone development and growth. If you wait until after the first heat, some studies show that you reduce your risk of bone related problems, hip dysplasia, arthritis, chrondo, etc. However, at the same time..you increase the risk of certain cancers by a small percentage, mainly mammory or uterine cancer,

After all my research, I decided to wait for her to have one heat, and I did, and she is going to be spayed next month. But do your own research on it, talk to your vet and make the best decision for you and your dog. Everyone has a different opinion. I basically wrote down the pros and cons and went wtih my gut feeling on what was right, I love this little dog dearly and want her to have the best, most healthy life possible...

I do know of some Havanese breeders that are recommending spay around 9-12 months in hopes to help decrease any bone related problems in our breed. Others are adamant about 6 months. Talk to as many knowledgeable people about it as you can, and review the studies Good luck with your decision and I don't think a bladder problem would happen unless something was botched during spay? That's a new one to my ears.

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