First of all how soon should I have my puppy fixed? When are they expected to go into heat for the first time? If we let her go into heat, what are we to expect? Is it extremely messy and how long does it last? I hear alot of comments made about it being dangerous for a dog to have puppies, why is that? I dont understand, havent dogs been having puppies for thousands of years? Please explain this to me. Thank you.
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Our dogs were "fixed" at 5 months.. Being littermates I definately didn't want them doing such things :) The vet here requires it to be no sooner than 5 months.. I heard a few people say they'd have to go through one heat cycle, but thankfully that wasn't the case with us.. And from what I've always heard and been told, animals are healthier if they are "fixed".. Males don't roam and get into fights and that sort of thing.. I think they said female cats are less likely to have cancers if they're fixed as well.. Not sure on dogs.. There's just no way I'd breed my dogs.. For one, we don't have breeding rights since they're just pets and two, I don't have the experience or the breeding stock required for such things..
they can go into heat as early as 5 - 6 months up to 11 months. You should get the female done before she goes into her first heat. By waiting till after that heat her chances of cancer are 50% higher.
Probably what you are referring to is it is often dangerous for the little dogs to have puppies because they often need a C-section. Also if they were gotten by a larger dog that pretty well asures they will need a section
I dont understand why does waiting to fix them increase the chances of them getting cancer? If your dog doesnt ever get fixed will she then have even greater chances of getting cancer? Please explain. :-)
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Females are normally spayed by the age of 6 months. Females which aren't spayed run a higher risk of mammary cancer then spayed females. I don't know exactly why, but there are numerous studies which prove it. Also most show breeders I know spay their dams after their dams retire. Young dams having puppies run a higher risk of complications.
The messiness you asked about depends on the dog. All are different. The length of the heat varies as well, as well as how often a dog comes into season.
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ok fist of all it is not dangerous for a dog to have puppies be it little dog or a big dog and they cant i repeat cant get cancer just cause they dont get spayed or because they have puppies as long as there young its all good never ever breed an older dog because they can get cancer or ill or even die because there bodys dont function as well as when were young. if u want to get her spayed its best to do it before her first heat if (which is around 6 monts) u dont want to breed her and if she goes into heat before u get her spayed wait for a few weeks before spaying to let her hormones get back to normal and also is not messy when a female dog goes into heat is like with humans and u can also get her some diapers if u dont want any spots left on ur furniture either way it does not make u bad person wether u spaye or dont im just telling u because some people here can be rude about this things. well anyways good luck.
I don't think anyone should take advise from someone who can't even type a paragraph properly...Kitty, I could barely read what you wrote because of your lack of punctuation and your run-on sentences. Poppy, if you talk with your vet or do research you will see that the risk of mammary gland cancer in females and testicular cancer in males is much higher in dogs that aren't spay/neutered. Spaying before the first heat significantly lowers risk of cancer. I don't really know that science behind it but I'm sure researching can tell you more. Also, spaying will eliminate the risk of your dog having unwanted litters.
So silly question here, Breeders that choose to breed their dogs since NOT being spayed have higher chances of getting cancer? Why take the chance and breed them then if if their chances of getting cancer get higher ever heat cycle? Just was wondering this? And I know it doesnt CAUSE cancer not to have your female spayed but her chances of getting it are higher each heat cycle is what my vet told me- So when you decide to breed your dog, they are prone also to this chance of having a higher risk of having cancer?? I do worry about this as Daisy isnt spayed- my vet doesnt think she would handle going under very well at this point. And she is in heat right now- well what i think is "heat" she is swollen but thats about it- My male dog is neutered and Daisy never leaves the yard and i am with her every second they both are out side, regardless of heat or not- But now i do worry about ok this is her first heat so her chances of cancer are higher now??
From what I"ve heard (from my vet), it is easier on a pup if they are spayed before they have their frist heat, because the blood vessels that go to their reproductive organs are not as big before the first heat, and they will have quicker healing. The heat cycle lasts for about 3 weeks. one week in, one week fertile, one week out, but that is NOT set in stone. They can have silent heats, where you don't know they are in heat. I would suggest you talk to your vet and find out their take on the matter. Depending on the dog, the heat cycle can be messy, but is not always. Hope this helps some.
An animal that does not have any reproductive organs cannot get cancer in organs they do not have. That simple.
I just want to say that I can really feel the love. People come on here to get answers, not read about others word slapping each other. Please have a little repect for each other so that new ones will want to come on here and get the info they may desperqately need. I was able to read the thread perfectly fine. Even if it wasn't spelled correctly.
Actually a bitches uterus is the most healthy it will ever be during her first estrus(heat cycle). With each heat cycle scar tissue forms in the uterus. This does not always cause cancers, but does greatly increase the risk. You also run the risk of pyrometria as well. Which is an infection in the uterus. If it is an open pyo, it can be caught early and treated or the female can be spayed. If you do not catch it early as with most closed pyo's, the uterus can rupture and cause sepsis and death. If you are not a serious, educated, knowledgable, committed breeder, in my opinion THERE IS NO REASON TO KEEP ANY ANIMAL INTACT. The benifits or spaying and neutering far out weigh the risks.
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windy valley - excellent post. One other thing - while spaying after the first heat does reduce the risk of several things it does not diminish the risk of mammary tumors. That only happens before the first heat. The main reason to do it before is because once those hormones have been released the first time they are then throughout the body.
Roberta - so that you can better understand - I have seen some posts by "kitty" that are not just wrong but downright dangerous. I do not believe that bodes well for the integrity of this board & she is difficult to read.
I believe that most of us on here, while we don't always agree on an issue, do not post just to post or unless we have verifiable, researched information to share.
FIRST OF ALL U SHOULDN'T BE TALKING BAD ABOUT ANYBODY NO MATTER HOW WRONG THEY ARE. SECOND OF ALL WHY U GATTA BE CALLING ME OUT. THRID OF ALL WHAT THE HELL IS SO DANGEROUS ABOUT WHAT I SAY. JUST TELL ME THAT AND ILL SHUT UP BUT INTO THEN DONT EVER EVER CALL ME OUT UNDERSTOOD!!! PEOPLE COME HERE TO HEAR SUGGESTIONS AND OPINIONS RIGHT, OK THEN PEOPLE DON'T HAVE TO DO WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK THEY SHOULD BECAUSE U ALWAYS HAVE TO CONSULT A VET NO MATTER WHAT RIGHT.I KNOW I SAID THIS ALREADY BUT TELL ME WHAT I SAID THAT WAS SO DANGEROUS! PLEASE DO CAUSE I DONT THINK I DID SAY ANYTHING THATS WAS SO DANGEROUS?
for everybody that had to read the above i am truly sorry. the time that i have been here i have always respected everybody else but people are so disrespectful here and so i will not be coming here no longer. i really did like it here but i cannot be in place were people are being disrespeted to one and other and im sure im not the only one.
Blaze was spayed at 5 months. She was back to normal the next day. My vet told me to spay her before her first heat and will reduce the risk of female cancer of 100%. She told me what type of cancer but I can't remember. When I heard that it was good enough for me. I have no plans on ever bringing more puppies into this world until all the ones on death row are adopted to a forever home and I don't ever think I will see that in my life time. So off to the vet we went.
Roberta said: "An animal that does not have any reproductive organs cannot get cancer in organs they do not have. That simple."
Which I would agree is a valid view point, and I do encourage people to get their pets spayed or neutered to prevent accidental litters.
There is another side though. Spay sounds so, nice, clean and risk free. What you are talking about getting done to your puppy or dog is a complete radical hysterectomy in people. Dogs can and do have complications and die after spays, some times neuters.
People are also animals. Many decide not to have children. I just wonder why doctors don't go around telling women to get hysterectomies for no reason if they decide not to have children or if they are done having children, or if they are in menopause?
Same rules would apply. Women couldn't get cancers if they all had hysterectomies. Maybe remove the breasts too, so there would be no risk of breast cancer.
The age of first heat cycle also has to do with the breed and bloodlines. I have rarely had a boxer come in heat before 11 months and some don't have a first season until after 18 months. So you would have a lot longer than '6 months' to let the dog grow and mature before getting such a major surgery done.
With spaying there is ALWAYS a risk that the dog will become permanently incontinent--it increases with pediatric spay.
Boxers are like cookies you can't have just one :)