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Looking for advice regarding spaying and what type of anesthesia is best and what labwork needs to be done prior to the spay.
Also, if there is anyone who lives in the East Valley of Phoenix (Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler) who can recommend a vet whom they trust, it would be greatly appreciated.
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Looking for advice regarding spaying and what type of anesthesia is best and what labwork needs to be done prior to the spay.
Also, if there is anyone who lives in the East Valley of Phoenix (Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler) who can recommend a vet whom they trust, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!
My daughter lives in Tempe. I can ask for the name of the vet she uses. Desi and I will be going to visit her in December.
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Looking for advice regarding spaying and what type of anesthesia is best and what labwork needs to be done prior to the spay.
Also, if there is anyone who lives in the East Valley of Phoenix (Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler) who can recommend a vet whom they trust, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!
These are really discussions to have with a trained veterinarian.
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I asked the question to find out if people have had good or bad experiences with any particular sedative and anesthesia combination. I have read that some tranquilizers are a problem for the Havanese breed, and want to avoid that if so.
Because I'm a new puppy owner, I am looking for feedback from the experiences that others can provide, so I can make an informed decision. Of course, I would discuss with the vet who will perform the surgery too, but it's always helpful to have input from puppy owners themselves.
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You may want to check with your breeder as well. Many breeders are aware of sensitivities regarding food, immunizations, drugs, etc. within their lines. Iíve noticed some contracts include this information and recommendations.
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I asked the question to find out if people have had good or bad experiences with any particular sedative and anesthesia combination. I have read that some tranquilizers are a problem for the Havanese breed, and want to avoid that if so.
Because I'm a new puppy owner, I am looking for feedback from the experiences that others can provide, so I can make an informed decision. Of course, I would discuss with the vet who will perform the surgery too, but it's always helpful to have input from puppy owners themselves.
I have been involved with the breed for quite a long time now, and while, of course, there are individuals that can have a reaction to a specific anesthesia, to my knowledge, there is no specific problem with any specific anesthesias in healthy Havanese. It is certainly not something we see reported here with any frequency.
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My contract from the breeder only said not to get the lepto vaccine and that we do have to spay/ neuter but nothing elaborated. She's one of the few I know that doesn't push you to do it at 6 months. I AM confused on the age to spay. With Oliver we waited till a year, which is my plan for Roxie. But my vet and some other sources say to do it before the first heat to prevent cancer. I'm confused. So far I'm sticking to my guns on the one year--my trainer agreed with me on that, too. But with vets pushing early spay/ neuter, it can be unnerving. Especially since there aren't any real "consequences" on waiting to neuter a male, other than they might mark your house. Which thankfully didn't happen.
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The chances of mammary cancer after one or two heats is extremely low, and mammary cancer is very curable if caught early. Allowing a girl the benefit of her hormones while she is growing up has benefits for her bones and ligaments, and there are indications that it may protect her against DIFFERENT cancers. (jury is out) CERTAINLY spaying later is protective against ACL and CCL tears.

There is a very nice book on the Puppy Culture web site that you can buy for about $17 that pretty thoroughly covers the pros and cons, with the scientific literature cited, so that if you want, you can go back to the source material to do your own research. I firmly believe that everyone has to make their own decision on the best time to spay-neuter for their own pet and then not agonize about it TOO much. However, I ALSO believe that WAY too many vets push for early spay neuter without really giving the owner ALL the pros and cons.

Obviously, if there is ANY chance of the owner allowing the dog to reproduce indiscriminately, they should be spayed/neutered before that is possible. That is hardly EVER the case with the owners and dogs here on the forum, and it' certainly not something I'd worry about with you.


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