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Question When to Spay?

I just got my new baby girl Mattie on the 4th. She is a little over 4 months old. (Born 2-22-15) My vet, who I love, recommends spaying her in about 6 weeks or so. She would be about 6 months at that point. Her breeder recommends waiting until about 9 months and says she will not have gone into heat yet at that point. Thoughts????
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I let Whimsy have one heat before spaying... Lots of different thoughts on this subject.

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The vet encouraged me to wait until Truffles was 9 month to one year old. She went through one heat. She spayed at one year.

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My personal opinion is vet schools are teaching students that dogs should be spayed at 6 months. That is considered the youngest age for safe for anesthesia. Years ago I read an article about shelters routinely beginning to spay/neuter puppies at 2-4 months (before they were adopted) to take the matter out of a new owner's hands. In their opinion, it didn't matter if they died since they had not been adopted and there were plenty to go around. I really did read that.

I've had a couple of dumpster pups spayed at 5 months but had to sign off in case they died from the anesthesia.

Thankfully some breeders are working with owners now.
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My personal opinion is vet schools are teaching students that dogs should be spayed at 6 months. That is considered the youngest age for safe for anesthesia. Years ago I read an article about shelters routinely beginning to spay/neuter puppies at 2-4 months (before they were adopted) to take the matter out of a new owner's hands. In their opinion, it didn't matter if they died since they had not been adopted and there were plenty to go around. I really did read that.

I've had a couple of dumpster pups spayed at 5 months but had to sign off in case they died from the anesthesia.

Thankfully some breeders are working with owners now.
I can somewhat see it with shelter dogs. (though that is a REALLY hard-hearted way of putting it!!!) There is absolutely NO WAY those dogs should be bred, and there are SO many "pet people" who are not careful enough to make sure their dog does not reproduce. It kind of does go along with the mission of shelters to not let one go without neutering them first.

But most people on this forum are VERY concerned, pro-active owners who want to do the very best for their dogs. I think most who decide to delay spay/neuter can do so responsibly. Anyone who has ANY QUESTION about whether they can handle that should definitely spay/neuter… around 6 months at the earliest, unless they are SURE they can prevent pregnancy. If the dog is a pet (no breeding or showing planned) and the owner CAN be sure to prevent pregnancy, I would wait until around 1 year, so the dog has full benefit of adult hormones before spay or neuter.

Oh… the other time I would consider (strongly) earlier spay or neuter, is if the pup needed to be anesthetized for some other procedure earlier (for instance, if the pup had a hernia or retained teeth that needed to be dealt with. Then, IMO, the risk of anesthesia twice would outweigh the risk of spay/neuter a little earlier and only one anesthesia.


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