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When did you spay your hav?

Hello,
As Marty has reached the six month mark and we start to think about spaying her, I'm wondering what your experience has been. When did you have your girl spayed (assuming you did!)? Would you have waited longer if you did it again? Our vet is recommending 8-9 months, or close to Marty's first heat. Her littermate (who coincidentally lives 20 minutes from us, so they have play dates!) just got spayed.

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My older female was spayed at 18 months, after her tirst heat at 14 months. I would not spay before their first bithday AND their first heat. My younger girl is showing, so won't be spayed for some time.
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Our vet recommended not to spay Truffles until after her first heat for the benefit of hormones.The breeder mentioned it would be a good idea to wait until she was one year old. She had her first heat at seven months and was spayed at one year old.

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I'm curious too. Olive just turned 7 months and my vet recommended spaying her at around 6 months and before her first heat. There's so much information online supporting both sides so it makes it really difficult to decide.
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I'm curious too. Olive just turned 7 months and my vet recommended spaying her at around 6 months and before her first heat. There's so much information online supporting both sides so it makes it really difficult to decide.
Most newer studies support allowing the puppy to mature before spay/neuter AS LONG AS the own will be responsible and make sure the dog does not have a chance to reproduce during this period.


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I personally think it's best to wait until after they've had their first season so that they have reached full maturity. My girl is 18 months and we're waiting until after her 2nd season. I was advised that it shouldn't be done near to a season though as it can be more risky/cause complications.

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My breeder also suggested waiting until after Java's first heat. She went into heat at about 8 months old. And she will be spayed at 11 months. I'd wait longer, but this is the latest I can wait before I have some other stuff happening for a while. And I don't want the possibility of her coming into her second season while I'm not able to handle a second season- I have some health issue that are going to be ramping up shortly which were unforeseen.

From all the advice on this forum, I think waiting at least 2 months from her heat cycle to her spay is a safe time period and the minimum that should be allowed. And I will able to push it out to almost 3 months. Well, it will be just shy of 3 months from her heat to her spay.


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My breeder also suggested waiting until after Java's first heat. She went into heat at about 8 months old. And she will be spayed at 11 months. I'd wait longer, but this is the latest I can wait before I have some other stuff happening for a while. And I don't want the possibility of her coming into her second season while I'm not able to handle a second season- I have some health issue that are going to be ramping up shortly which were unforeseen.

From all the advice on this forum, I think waiting at least 2 months from her heat cycle to her spay is a safe time period and the minimum that should be allowed. And I will able to push it out to almost 3 months. Well, it will be just shy of 3 months from her heat to her spay.
Yes, there are always timing things that can also weigh into when the best time is to spay, also. With Pixel, we COULD have have picked a spay day a couple of weeks earlier, but were going to be away for a wedding. Because there was still plenty of leeway before she could come into heat again, we chose to put it off a bit longer. ...Then she had a false pregnancy in the intervening time, which made the delay a better choice anyway!
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Interesting article on the subject: EARLY SPAY-NEUTER IN THE CANINE ATHLETE, by Chris Zink, DVM, PHd

I suspect that the type of people who will not keep their young, intact dogs from breeding are also unlikely to pay for an early sterilization followed by a full spay/neuter later, but the bottom line is that more and more studies are showing that early spay/neuter might be the right decision from a human perspective, for some dogs, but it is not in the best interest of the dog's health.


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My vet told me we would spay Mayzie after her front baby teeth were gone and her baby canine teeth were either falling out or on the verge of falling out. It didn't have anything to do with teeth..that's just what he uses as a measure of maturity. He said he tries to spay them as close as possible to their first heat, hoping they will have gotten all of those hormones, but tries to beat their actual heat. If they DO go into heat, he said he takes it on a case-by-case basis, but does sometimes spay during a heat.

That being said, Mayzie has gone through so much that I am going to wait to spay her until after the new year. She probably will have had a heat, and that isn't something I really wanna deal with, but she deserves a break. This Friday is her very last mange dip.
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