I am planning to spay my puppy and I have been researching a lot on spaying and neutering. Some websites say that it would be okay to spay a puppy at the age of 2 months but other websites say it is better to spay them at 6 months. But what if my pup goes into heat before or at 6 months? When did you get your pup spayed? Any answers?
Oh yeah.. another quick question. This maybe silly but do you think it would be okay to use hamster (carefresh) litter for doggy litter? I noticed that its a lot cheaper and I don't think any dog will be intrested in eating it..
This is just my opinion but I feel dogs and cats should be fixed at an early age. Even the shelters won't adopt unless they are fixed even 10 week old. But I also feel when you have a pet especially in the house they don't get the urges to hike a leg on the furniture etc. or spray when they are done at an early age. But... this is just my opinion.
People have discussed this before. I don't want any of my puppies to be spayed before 6 months. Which is what the majority of vets still recommend. Female dogs spayed at any age can have issues with incontence and leaking small drops of urine. Which if you have a carpeted house can be a major issue for some families. I think the chance of the urine leaks is higher if you have them spayed earlier.
Also you are taking away hormones for growth and developement when they are no where close to being done and mature.
Rescues feel that the risk is acceptable, because their main and only concern is that the dog does not produce another litter. It is NOT acceptable to me.
Oooo, big controversy on this one. A lot of folks are getting hyped up about this juvenile spay thing, fixxing puppies at a very early age, its both good and bad. Its good because then the rescue/breeder can place the puppy without worrying that it may be bred, and don't have to go back and make certain the spay neutor contract was honored. Its bad because juvenile spay neutor is fairly new, the long term effects aren't clear yet, although I did read an article citing that a juvenile spay was taller than a 7 months old spay, and the 7 months spay was taller than a non spay. I'm assuming these results were all the same breed and related, I'll try to find the article and link to it. I don't do early spay because I feel it freezes the dog developmentally at the age of the spay, another effect is smaller genitalia. Sex hormones have an effect on so many different developmental processes, you remove those hormones too soon and those processes never complete.
My sisters vet scared the heck out of her telling her that she had to spay her dog before the first heat or the dog would have a greatly increased chance of related cancers. I don't believe that, I think that there may end up being a greater risk in doing it too soon, urine leakage is a good point.
I want my dogs to be mature both mentally and physically even if their not meant to be bred. So personally I do spay/neutors when I feel the dog is mature enough regardless of age.
I am also wondering on this one. My vet has TOLD me the girls were getting spayed at four months. I asked if it was better to wait until five or six and she promptly cut me off and said four months is ideal. I was shocked because her "bed-side manner" is always steller! I am pondering whether it's best for MY girls or if she's worried they will have some chance encounter and she's taking it upon herself to decide when everyone's pets should be spayed/neutered. She knows we have no intention what so ever to breed them because 1. never bred before and have no intentions on Half-@$$ing something as serious as that. 2. we never saw daddy and mom's genes are iffy, and the BIG ONE 3. These are family unit pets only! We wanted some hairy kids I guess. So now I have an apt. but I am wondering if I should re-schedule or what. She's very good with dogs and leading me in the right direction but I don't want her making "Blanket" choices to help her accomplish some one-woman-mission to save Seattle. I also asked her if spaying changes temperment and or growth and she said plain..."No". Any mutual experiences or opposite ones I'd love to hear about.
As far as the hiking the leg thing....my American Eskimo was neutered at just over 6 months and he didn't start hiking his leg until over a year old. He only hikes his leg outside on trees and other things. He still squats too. It depends on his mood.
I have personally experienced spaying/neutering with my pets at all different ages.
My cats (male/female) were neutered/spayed at 10 weeks of age. They grew up normal (size wise) and they have normal temperaments. My female doesn't have any urine leaking problem, just a normal healthy girl. My male never sprayed and was a normal sweet healthy boy.
Most of my dogs have been spayed/neutered at the "normal" 6 months old. They were fine too.
Then I had a dog that was neutered at 12 weeks of age. He grew up normal (size wise) and had a great temperament. He never lifted his leg or humped things (like my other males that were fixed at 6 months). He healed from the surgery a little faster than the animals fixed at 6 months.
Then I have two dogs that aren't fixed (yet). My 2-year-old, female, Golden Retriever named Kelsey. Who is sweet most the time but when she gets an extra batch of hormones going through her body she always trys to test me as "alpha"....sometimes she snaps at other animals (most the time sweet though), etc. Kelsey will be spayed soon. My other one is my 4-month-old, male, Golden Retriever named Hayden. He is starting act like a un-neutered male instead of a puppy...he will be neutered soon.
I definitely prefer spayed/neutered animals because they are a lot easier to live with. I like early spay/neuter the best so far.
From my understanding... and I'm not a vet by any means. There is always a slight chance that a female dog will leak droplets of urine after a spay. SLIGHT being the key word.
I am just going by my own personal experience. I recommend my pet pups be spayed between 6-9 months. Some one did not listen and got their pup spayed at 3 months. Then they call when she is 18 months asking if I have ever had any problems w/ puppies leaking urine. NO. No, no, no. Never before, never since.
This partiuclar family was pretty disappointed, because they didn't like the prospect of a dog leaking urine droplets all over their carpeted home for the next 10 years. They were concidering returning her to me. Which would have been fine. Eventually they decided they were too attached to part with her. It is just frustrating, because I am fairly convinced that it was because of the early spay. NO ONE else has ever come to me with this problem.
I guess even if 1/20 dogs (5%) has a problem with urine leaking, and it leads their owners to get rid of them or put them in a shelter, is it worth the risk?
I advise people wait to spay/neuter until 10 months of age. My doxies tend to come into heat at 6-8 months, usually closer to 8. I just prefer they have more time to mature and have their hormones stabilize. I don't think I would have a large breed done until it was at least 1 year old.
Yeah, it is a little more risky by waiting until after their first heat but it's better than nothing, I suppose.
I, personally, am still a big believer of fixing them at 6 months or younger. I seriously have never had a problem with early spay/neuter on cats or dogs. If I did, I probably wouldn't do it (it depends on what the problem is).
I've talked with different people and breeders who do early spay/neuter and they've never had a problem either, just good results. I was talking to this one breeder who breeds Champion Golden Retrievers and Japanese Chins....she has been doing early spay/neuter on her "pet quality" puppies for about 10 years....she said she has never had any females leak urine, they grew just like any other dog that wasn't fixed at a young age, etc.