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What age did or will you neuter/spay?

What age did or will you neuter or spay? Javi is 6 1/2 months old now and I know I need to think about it in the future. I've heard many things about waiting until they've stopped growing or at least wait until they are 8 months old at the earliest. Javi also has retained his baby canines and will need to have them pulled when he gets neutered so I don't know if I need to do it sooner because of that or if it will mess up his adult teeth somehow? My veterinarian is of the mindset the sooner the better and the easier the recovery and scoffed at me when I discussed growth plates. She believes the benefits outweigh the negatives. I'm not so sure.

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Sheba was six and a half months when she was neutered. She needed some teeth removed but that wasn't what I was thinking about. I just did what I'd done with our other female dogs, who all lived long, healthy lives. I know now that there are good reasons to wait longer... until the growth plates have closed, I think? Someone will be able to give you a good explanation of that.
To be honest, I am grateful that we have it over with! I think I would be worrying all the time that she would go into heat without my knowing it. I definitely wouldn't be able to handle male dogs waiting around for her, or a litter of puppies. I'm just about keeping up with Sheba!

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I would be careful about waiting too long to remove the retained canines, especially if you see the adult teeth trying to poke through. Molly's adult teeth around the retained baby canines ended up coming in at the wrong angles and she actually had to have two adult teeth removed because of it. She was spayed at 7 months old.



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Thanks Diane and Helene. I sent a picture to my breeder of his mouth and she thinks they are coming in at the right angle but maybe I'll make an appointment with my veterinary office to see what they think. I would hate for him to lose any adult teeth.

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Sassy was a little over 6 months when I had her spayed. I was afraid she would go into heat and wanted to get it done as soon as possible. She also had a cherry eye that I wanted fixed at the same time.

She did very well with both surgeries.

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It's a complex, personal decision with lots of different factors. You might find this video of interest: Havanese World: The Truth About Spaying and Neutering.
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Sheba was six and a half months when she was neutered. She needed some teeth removed but that wasn't what I was thinking about. I just did what I'd done with our other female dogs, who all lived long, healthy lives. I know now that there are good reasons to wait longer... until the growth plates have closed, I think? Someone will be able to give you a good explanation of that.
To be honest, I am grateful that we have it over with! I think I would be worrying all the time that she would go into heat without my knowing it. I definitely wouldn't be able to handle male dogs waiting around for her, or a litter of puppies. I'm just about keeping up with Sheba!
That is a VERY good reason for neutering early... And the one that vets worry about most. Unplanned and especially early pregnancies are a MUCH bigger health risk than early spay/neuter. So if you aren't POSITIVE you can handle a heat cycle without keeping your girl out of trouble, it is better to spay them early. You also have to weigh the risks of an extra anesthesia (for the teeth) against the possible risks of an early spay. While I have no fear that I could handle a heat cycle, I'd have to think hard about whether I wanted to risk a second anesthesia to do the two procedures separately. Fortunately, I have a great holistically minded vet who I know would help me weigh the risks and benefits of each option and then let me make the decision.

For most small breed pet-only dogs, it probably doesn't make a huge difference. If you will be putting stress on a dog's joints for sports, it is better to wait at least until they are fully mature... At least a year, some people say two. If I had a large breed puppy, between the joint protection of putting off spay/neuter AND the fact that those who are spayed/neutered later have less risk of some very bad cancers, I would CERTAINLY hold off. Fortunately, our breed has low risk of these cancers, but there are a number of dogs on the forum who have had CCL tears, which have been clearly linked to early spay/neuter.

The "best" answer and the acceptable risks are going to differ for every dog in every family. Read as much as you can before making your decision, but don't feel bad, whatever you choose, as long as it's an informed decision.


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Scout was neutered at six months. I waited until Truffles was one year to spay. Both neuter and spay were uneventful. After the day of surgery they were back to their old self. Either one touched their incision.

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Whimsy went though her first heat and we had it done not too long after.

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Sassy was a little over 6 months when I had her spayed. I was afraid she would go into heat and wanted to get it done as soon as possible. She also had a cherry eye that I wanted fixed at the same time.

She did very well with both surgeries.

Nadine

I am having Rocky neutered on Thursday, he is 5 1/2 months and also his cherry eye fixed. How did Sassy do following the surgery? I'm not looking forward to the 2 weeks with the cone.
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