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Old 09-05-2011, 02:17 PM
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My pup, Sookie, is now 5 months old and I'm totally confused over what to do about having her spayed.
My aunt has owned golden retrievers for years and has advised that I should wait to see how long she has between her 1st and 2nd season, half that to see how long after her 2nd season she should be spayed, to ensure she keep a good coat.
I have also read articles saying that you should spay before season to avoid a number of nasty ailments and cancers.
There are also articles saying to wait and have it after her 1st season.
So I'm torn!! I will consult the vet but want as much info as poss.
So, what are your experiences of this?!
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I had not had a puppy in 30 years when I got my last rescue. I read everything I could get my hands on and decided to wait until after her first heat. OH MY GOD what a mistake. Not only is it very messy she tormented my neutered male until he finally gave in ( this was comical) Not to mention all of the neighborhood dogs that tried to visit. You will have to be on guard for the length of the heat (21 days) and by the way it seems like it will never end. After it was over I ran to the vet to have her spayed. All of my prior pups were spayed or neutered at 6 months with no negative results.
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This is one of those topics that may leave you more confused than when you started! My little girl will be done sometime between her 2nd and 3rd season but that's just my personal preference.
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Oh gosh, I went through this whole mess too. Trust me, I know it can be overwhelming.

I decided to go ahead and get my little girl spayed before the first heat. I got it done at 5 months. Although the spay itself was a big to-do (they used staples instead of sutures and it got infected, etc), I have no regrets. Her temperament is the same, and we didn't experience any of the negative possibilities I had read about.

It is a personal choice that every dog owner must make for him/herself. My only word of advice is to get it done--PERIOD. No pun intended :P If you wait to do it after she goes through heat, just keep a close eye on her and keep her out of reach of male dogs. All I'm saying is that if you choose to wait, just be responsible. But the fact that you're concerned with when to get it done already tells me that you're a responsible dog owner Bravo!
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im getting bella done tonight! she is two, i was going to let her have pups & keep them, but thanks to dog forum i have been warned of and told about the risks, she is two xx
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im getting bella done tonight! she is two, i was going to let her have pups & keep them, but thanks to dog forum i have been warned of and told about the risks, she is two xx
I think that is a very wise decision. Congratulations, and good luck!
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*little update*

well, thanks everyone for your great advice.

I went to the vet and spoke to him about it, he suggested the option that I was leaning towards which was to wait until she is a year old. she is 7 months at the moment, she hasnt had her 1st season yet and she is still quite a little dog really. The vet advised that this will give her time to grow properly beforehand.

i did explain my worry of "love pups" (afterall she is one) but he said that if that happened they would be able to help, although i dont like the idea of that and will be keeping away from the park during that time

im guessing her season should be any time now right?
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I think you made a good decision.

We are also officially waiting until Sam is a year old ourselves. She's having persistent, recurring UTIs in our case though, it is unwise to spay her now (she is 6 months).

Google "signs of heat in dogs" and see what you come up with, that might help you watch for her season Sometimes it can be hard to tell and other times it can be glaringly obvious.

In case anyone is interested, here is a good read on information related to spay/neuter ages:

http://www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/longt...uterindogs.pdf
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In case anyone is interested, here is a good read on information related to spay/neuter ages:

http://www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/longt...uterindogs.pdf

Ugh, I wish people would stop referencing this paper! It's a well written piece of poor research analysis lol. And I know, I've read most of what she references in her paper

Take what you read in this article with a grain of salt. Or perhaps a whole teaspoon.

If you need particulars about why this is a poor article, you can search the forum. I'm sure my tirade last time is still around and I'd love to not rehash it... lol
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I take everything I read with a grain of salt, including all the pro-spay-at-6-month garbage that terrifies people into thinking their dogs are going to have cancer if they don't spay at 6 months, when there is a clear other-side to that story no one talks about (whether it is presented in that article or not being irrelevant, I'm only referencing "another side" in general.. many other sides in fact).

I've actually read similar tirades against the article on a different forum. But I've been able to independently verify a lot of the facts in the article, so I've taken the pros-and-cons out on the pros-and-cons article and come away with a positive rather than a negative.

People should always do their own research though and determine their own viewpoint.

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