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Old 03-31-2009, 01:57 PM   #1
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We took our 13 week female Rottie to vets for jabs and the vet sad we should get her spayed at 5 months but iv since been told to wait until 3 months after her first season by another vet. Im now lead to beleive that it can effect her growth if i do it at young age.Is this a bad for her health or will she just be smaller than intended ? Any advice would be good.Thanks for reading.

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Old 03-31-2009, 02:10 PM   #2
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loobylou, you are correct, as a matter of fact I'd wait further..

the growplates on such a big dog usually dont close until around 18 months, if you do it prior to that it can cause changes.. there's even an article about it here in the forum somewhere... Ill dig it up for you, April posted it..


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Old 03-31-2009, 02:38 PM   #3
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I.m glad i read this as i had every intention of getting Ruby done next month, think i might wait a bit now.
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I still advocate spaying at 5-6 months. If you opt to wait - you must be extremely diligent to ensure they do not escape & are never outside unattended, so there are no "accidents" & more un-wanted dogs born.

Talk to your vet, voice your concers - see what they think. If you aren't comfortable with them/their answers - seek out another opinion.
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I highly debated this with my akita last year. If you can watch them closely I would wait 10months at least preferably after a season. I ended up spaying mine in Feb a year ago after she'd had a heat cycle. She was born dec so 12months old. I had to use a different vet from my usual one during that time because they were just so set on doing early spay/neuter. Now if there is any risk she will wander off property and off leash, another dog could enter your property during a time she's unsupervised, or she will be around any unneutered males regularly I would spay earlier. The risks of pregnancy in those cases are higher than the risks of early spay. You really have to be vigilant. Even in the middle of nowhere I found 2 shepherds waiting on the other side of the fence one day that I went to let my akita out while she was in heat. It's not unheard of for animals to mate through a fence. She didn't stay in the yard without me watching until she was completely out of heat.

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I think to spey/neuter at 7 weeks old is not really on a pup that age is still developing and is too young IMO! The article mentions Canine Athelete's is this refering to working dogs? the article ends byu saying spey/neuter at 14 months old Nipper was done at 12 months old so was this wrong on my part.
Other web sites on speying/neutering will no doubt say something else. I would say don't do less than 12 months but don't go more than 2 seasons as the risk of mammary cancer increases as each season passes.
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Thanks for that link Monkey made intrestng reading.Im gonna wait and talk some more to my new vets. My old vet also said they would remove her back dew claws as they stick out a bit but new vets said thay dont need to be done and its not a common practice any more.

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We had Amber spayed at 6 1/2 months on the advise of our vet. She is 11 years old this month, and she has never had side effects.
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Thanks for that link Monkey made intrestng reading.Im gonna wait and talk some more to my new vets. My old vet also said they would remove her back dew claws as they stick out a bit but new vets said thay dont need to be done and its not a common practice any more.
I've just had Tilba spayed at 14 m/o after reading that link b4 getting her. The vet I saw 4 her puppy vacs agreed with me but not to have a 2nd heat. She had her heat at 10 m/o.

Another link is http://www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/LongT...uterInDogs.pdf

April my previous bc had her dew claws when we got her. When she was spayed at 6 m/o I had them removed to prevent them being caught on the carpet etc. The wounds were a little nasty but soon cleared up.
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I've had dozens of dogs spayed (one was a 130+ lbs Lab/GSD X) at 6 months, prior to going into heat - and never had an issue.

My only concern with the advice behind waiting is that an accidental litter may happen - so please be aware of the lengths a male dog will go to breed a female. (Given the fact that I just had 6 foster puppies & get 6 more tomorrow because they waited until after the first heat to spay & "oops").
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