Im debating on weather or not to get my 7 month old Bullmastiff fixed. I would love to find a male to breed her with, but then if i cant find one then i will have to deal with the bleeding 2 times a year. i had a Boxer who was never spayed and she lived to be 15 1/2. I would love to hear anyones opinions on this, is it healthly for an animal not to be spayed ?
The benefits of spaying far outweigh not doing it. Not only for the purpose of claenliness, but accidental breedings (a neighbors mutt stopping by, unterine infections including pyometra, uterine cancer, etc are all avoided by spaying.
Were you planning to show, do genetic health testing, etc on your girl? Is that her in your avatar pic?
Having done Mastiff and Bullmastiff rescue for over 30 years I am all for spay/neuter. Unless your dog is certified free of hip and elbow dysplasia, thyroid normal, heart clear and tested for heriditary eye defects and has an outstanding temperament and actually looks and moves like a Bullmastiff should, it should NOT be used for breeding. I do not recommend spay or neuter younger than 12 to 18 months of age for the large and giant breeds. The hormones have a great effect on bone growth and soundness and the developement of an adult dog personality. We see too many dogs placed in rescue because they retained puppy behaviors long into adulthood. Puppies are adorable but most dog owners don't want a life-long destructive puppy especially in a large package. I personally think any responsible dog owner should not find it that difficult to prevent any unwanted breedings while waiting for the dog to finish growing. Dogs should not be left outside unattended while in heat or be chained outside at any time or allowed to roam freely . People who would allow this type of behavior are NOT what I consider responsible pet owners. The fact that you are asking this question is a good indication you are a responsible pet owner and want to do what is in your dog's best interest.
yes i am a very responsible pet owner. i care for my pets just like they are my babies. My bullmastiff has her own queen size bed in her own room. I have talked it over with my husband and we are going to make the apt to get her fixed.
I am not sure about large breed dogs, and everyone feels different. I do know that it is safe to spay or neuter after 6 months. I also know every heat cycle increasses health risks. I can say either way, I agree if you are not breeding her she should be spayed either way.
It is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.
It is very common practice to wait to spay/neuter a large/giant breed until 12-18 months. Much has to be considered in development physically and emotionally when deciding to spay. However, of course if this is a person who is not able to watch her 24/7 when she is in heat to be sure she is never alone, etc then spaying earlier is a better choice. Otherwise waiting is a normal choice by large breed folks.
Spaying is a politically correct surgery, I advise my clients to spay if they don't want to deal with heat cycles...If that doesn't bother them, don't spay...it's their choice. After all we don't run out and have hysterectomies when we're done having children do we? This is just the animal right wackos telling you what THEY think is right for your dog. either way, spayed or not, there's risks involved. YOU weigh out the options and make your decision.