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When to get females spayed?

I am confused as to when to have Lily spayed. My breeders says she won't go into her first heat until 8 months and wait as long as I can to give her the hormones she needs. My vet is telling me I have to have it done by 6 months so she doesn't go into heat and increase her risk of breast cancer. I have never had a female dog and don't know who to listen to. I want to do what is best for her. We are waiting for our next puppy a male and figured we would have him done around 5 months. Any suggestions?
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Hi Lily's Mommy - My Lily and Lexi were done at 6 months & had no problems. My Logan was just neutered yesterday at 5 months & he is doing ok so far too. I definitely did NOT want the girls going into heat, that is why I did it at 6 months.
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I had my female standard poodle spayed around 6 1/2 months, as I didn't want her going into heat.

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My vet recommends before 6 mos. For females, it is a preventative against breast cancer. For males, you hope it deters the marking they can do. Shelby (5.5mos) is going to be spayed tomorrow, and Kodi was done at 6 mos.
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We got Dusty when she was 7 1/2 months and had her spayed a week later. The vet said after the surgery that she was just about to go into heat. If we had the opportunity, we would have done it earlier. I've read that if you get it done too close to heat, it causes them more trouble with hormone swings. It's hard to say if Dusty had a harder time than she otherwise would have, but it didn't seem easy on her.
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I wish I could help you, Rose Ann, but I've heard both opinions for female spaying as well. One woman who got a female from the same litter as our Ricky was told by the breeder to wait until her first heat. Ricky was done at 6.5 mths. I didn't want to neuter him too late as I wasn't interested in getting spraying in the house!

Hopefully, you'll get enough advice to make up your mind as to what might be best for Lily. I'm not sure it's all that big a deal, but what do I know?!

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Thanks for all the imput, lots to think about.
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Rose Ann,
I suggest between 6-8 months for both males and females. Bitches can come into heat typically from 6 months on. However, most Havanese bitches seem to come into heat after 8 months. All of mine didn't have their first heat until they were 10 months old or older. I would not suggest you have it done before 6 months of age. That is just MY opinion though.
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Thanks Kathy. My breeder told me the same thing, at first I was concerned with having a male and female and she assured me that most of her males aren't sexually matured until after a year so we had time while they will be togther. You have all been a great help.
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coco will be 6 mo on sunday. she is going to be spayed friday am. she is also having those razoe sharp canine teeth removed! i hope this is the end of her trying to use my fingers to teeth on. that has been my biggest problem with her. i am as nervous as when one of my sons had his tonsils out. judith
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