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Old 06-06-2016, 06:17 AM
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Asking people on a dog forum about the ethics of spaying
I don't think you were referring to my original post, since I was asking people about growth plate closure, not ethics.
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Old 06-06-2016, 06:43 AM
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And, even so, people are free to discuss their thoughts and opinions as long as they do so courteously, that is what this site is for. FWIW, people discuss circumcision (elsewhere) all the time.
You cannot assure personal choice by censoring the opinion of others. Whether the opinion speaks to their own situation or is broader, saying what they think should happen to everyone (whether or not you think they are correct), it is the reader who needs to learn to pick and choose from the opinions presented.
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Old 06-06-2016, 04:55 PM
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I'm just saying that some people do not discuss spaying/neutering very courteously here lately, among other things, there never seems to be a civil discussion when it comes to it. I'm not saying don't listen to anybody's opinions, just take them with a grain of salt because it's such a complicated, personal topic that a lot of people feel VERY strongly on based on their own experiences.

That being said, my opinion is that I think more research needs to be done on smaller dogs when it comes to growth plates. It is pretty well accepted that giant dogs should wait until 18months-2 years and large dogs 12-18 months, but I'd like to know more about how long to wait for small dogs. I also don't think hormone sparing spays are necessary, which probably won't be well received. Personally, I think both spaying and keeping your dog intact have equal pros and cons and that everyone should make their decision based on what their lifestyle demands. For every issue that can pop up if you don't spay, there's one that pops up if you do.
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Old 06-06-2016, 05:28 PM
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I'm waiting to spay until growth is finished. Then I will definitely spay, heats are not something to look forward to.
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Last week I got Lucy, my Shih Tzu x Maltese, spayed. She is just over 4 years of age. I have started competing in Agility with her and her not being spayed was causing me to miss out on training and trialing. Otherwise, I would not have had her spayed. Her heats have never been a problem even though I have two intact males, just kept them separated. My Doberman, I did not get spayed till after her first season. She was actually more of a problem when she was in season as she really needed to get out and get exercise which was hard to do when she was in season. I have always had intact males and probably always will.
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