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I hear you Kirsten...
Perhaps I over-identified with my little female. With Riki it was easy, I was fearful he would mark so I got the neuter done quick.
With Daisy, my tiny girl, it seemed so awful. I still don't know why everything has to be removed...perhaps someone could tell me why we can't just tie the tubes. Anyway, I was worried and I agonized.
She actually went into her first heat at seven months. It wasn't even bad and I figured I could learn to live with it. But all the male dogs she came in contact with made her crazy jumping on her or chasing her around even when she wasn't in cycle. Daisy is a shy dog, and this made things worse. So for her sake, I had the spay...and then the male dogs left her alone. At the time we were attending regular havanese classes with intact male and female dogs as well as those who were fixed.
I sent Riki to our friend's house (they have another male havanese, Daisy's brother) for a week so he wouldn't chase her or make her run around. She stayed at the vets because they said she was very sleepy but fine...so she stayed the night. Then I took her home and she seemed absolutely fine except for having to wear that cone! I had to struggle with her not to get her to jump up on me or the furniture. I couldn't believe how quickly she recovered.
Her only stress was looking for Riki, but other than that, it went off without a hitch. I worried for nothing. She has been fine ever since. No male dogs bother her. Even though she does try to dominate Riki from time to time herself.
Relax, breathe, and know that it will all be okay!
I didn't just get havanese, I got a lifestyle!
Loving Havanese since 2003