I had a female rottie that was spayed and I have a neutered male rottie. Neither gained wait from having the procedure done. It didn't calm them down either as the myth goes. My female was spayed at 6 months and my male was neutered at 1 year. Our boxer will be spayed next month, she is 4 months old right now.
I think the weight thing is bogus as well. No dog I've ever had has put on weight after being spayed/neutered. What spaying/neutering *will* do is this.. lower the nutritional requirements so they don't need quite as much food. Believe it or not, it costs a lot of calories to maintain reproductive function and keep those little sex cells/hormones going strong. So they don't need *quite* as much food as they did before spaying. If you do it when they are puppies, it's harder to measure because as they are still growing, the amount of food they need will keep going up. Also, many people who say altered dogs gain weight after they are spayed/neutered also free-feed their dogs. Spaying/neutering has been medically proven to decrease the amount of time for an agressive response, and prevent them all together in many situations. Also, your male dog will not get nearly as stressed out when the neighbor's female dog that lives a mile away goes into heat. He will smell her but will not be in the 'I MUST get to her' mindset the way an unneutered dog would. Altered dogs are also less prone to many infections and cancers. The best thing to do is keep an eye on your dog's weight while it is still growing. If it gets to a point you cant feel the ribs and it's loosing it's 'tuck' (where the stomach tucks up into the legs), cut back on the food a wee bit. And talk to your vet, they'll know best whether or not Fido the dog is turning into Porky the pig.
Thanks for your info. I'm still a little confused on when to have her fixed. Many of you have mentioned that it should be done at about 6 months before she goes into her first heat, and yet i also hear that it is healthier to do it after her first heat. I know that there are new procedures now that vets practice to do it at even a younger age, but i have also heard that doing at to young of an age can lead to some problems down the road. Thanks again for your input , as it is nice to see the same people always trying to share their knowledge with the less knowledgable.
Well according to research and veterinarians, if you spay your dog before her first heat, her chances of developing mammary cancer are practgically zero. That chance increases drastically for every heat she has.
Many dogs do put on weight after they are fixed, most of it is a lack of exercise. Intact animals are more stressed in a way, so when they are altered the stress is lowered. so they tend to relax a bit. Nutritional needs do change. I can sort of feel the difference between intact animal and neutered animals when I'm working with them in their behavior. But I would never tell someone not to fix their pet. Just be careful with the diet and exercise. Sometimes Thyroid is the culprit, keep that in mind. If you let a cat for example stay intact for a year or more they tend to develope a large head, thick and wide. If you neuter him his head will slowly loose the size somewhat. I'm assuming the size would be for cat fighting.good protection for the head. If a dog (male) is intact and left that way he may develope an odd larger head than say a dog fixed at 6 months. and in some animals perhaps body size. In some places in the states I've heard of vets fixing pets at a very young age, size as they grow is of concern for some/me. I would expect some stunting of growth. But for the puppies at the humane society or the breeder, this is a good population control tool.And a young puppy would be less affected by the experience. So for me the look of the animal is just as important as everything else. All these factors would play a role in my decisions.
Well, i called my vet a little while ago and inquired about getting her spayed. He told me that anytime after 6 month would be ok, but should not wait much longer, as that he does reccommend having it done before she goes into her first heat. His fee is $ 200.00 if she is 50lbs or less $ 280.00 if she is 51lbs and up. With her appetite it looks like i'll be spending $280.00. Not that the money is an issue , after all i am independently wealthy(only kidding) haven't worked in a year and half, i was wondering what some of the prices were in some other areas??? The price listed above reflects the New York City area.
go through friends of animals , a female 50 pounds and under is 75.00. that's how i just had piper spayed.i went on their web site and ordered a coupon off of their site. all you have to do is find a participating vet.
I live in Indianapolis and here we have 2 different low cost spay/nueter clinics. The first is the FACE whos website is http://www.facespayneuter.com/fees.html They charge anywhere from $20 to $25 for males and $25 to $55 for females depending on the weight. I highly recomend them. There is also the I-CAN clinic which I have never been to and I think they charge anywhere from $45 to $100. I am glad to hear that you are considering spaying. Lord knows we don't need any more homeless animals. P.S if any of you are looking for a new dog Echo White Shepherd Rescue is a great not for profit organization. www.whiteshepherdrescue.org
none of my dogs ever gained a significant amount of wieght after they were spayed. my girl was spayed 3 months ago and is still the same weight she was prior to her spaying. i will say though that my sister adopted a 10 month old kitten from the animal shelter. he was neutered when he was 11 weeks old. he is no where near a normal size for a 10 month old kitten. he is very tiny and also her vet had her run a boat load of tests on him because he has not a lot of muscle mass. i think that is a direct result from getting neutered way too young. i understand the reasoning behind spaying and neutering them so young but i completely disagree with it. it hasn't been done long enough to determine if there are any health effects of it being done too early.