Hi. We bought a Malamute pup from a breeder (who I'd never go back to - but we made a big mistake taking the kids with us so found ourselves unable to leave empty handed) in April. She was nine weeks old. She came on heat just before Christmas which we thought was late, and we'd talked to the vet who recommended, weirdly we thought, that we wait til she'd come on heat once before spaying her. She is georgeous (can't spell, but you know what I mean..) and we'd love to breed her but we're new to the whole thing and both working and it's probably impractical. Anyhow, when would you recommend we get her spayed? Right away? And what changes can we expect? She's a real food fiend and we already find it hard to regulate her weight - she's NOT overweight but we feed her very small meals, morning and evening, and treats while training to sit, and particularly to heel without a lead. She's very biddable and wants to learn (though she saw a hare yesterday, which was, er, hairy, but she came back when she couldn't get through a fence...) Advice on health and training would be great. She lives in a 6m by 6m pen in the garden when we are working and gets an hour walk every day, plus when any of us is home, is in the house or in the garden, playing or being trained. We can't leave her in the garden on her own. It's not secure enough and we're afraid she'll run off. We also want her to pull when she's around two but don't know if we'll need another dog to make this possible. We're thinking of getting another dog for companionship but probably not a Mal - unless it's a rescue. Advice, advice, advice. And thanks... Lucy in the west of Ireland. She LOVES the beach but hates the sea... i.e. getting more than her feet wet. We had a retriever before and the contrast is amazing.
Is she 9 weeks, or 9 MONTHS? You stated she was 9 weeks, and had already come into heat, so I'm assuming you meant 9 months. If that is the case, as along as she is completely out of heat, you can spay her now. Many vets like to wait to spay or neuter at six months, eventhough shelters will do it as early as 2 months of age. It is actually healthier for the dog to be spayed before heat cycles start.
Animals, what animals? My children just have alot of hair!
It is preferred to spay them before they come into heat. Thus lessening(sp) the chance of her getting mammary cancer. Since she has come into heat you should wait until she has finished her heat cycle, roughly 6-8 weeks post ending the cycle. You need to wait the 6-8 weeks to give her uterus and blood vessels time to return to normal size or it will be a much harder procedure.
it is not uncommon for Large breed dogs to not cycle until they are 9-12 months of age. so her not having her first heat until 9 months of age is not abnormal.
I think-and I think most studies now are backing this up- that it is better to wait until at least after the first heat. For a couple reasons. The sex hormones in a dog are what gives the signal to the growth plate to stop growing. This is why dogs spayed young will have the gankly kinda look to them. In some larger breeds this can mean joint problems later on. I know my breeder and many for larger dogs ask that you wait until at least two to alter. I have even seen it with some small breeds recently.
The other reason for female dogs is the inverted vulva. Going through just one heat will usually fix it vs having a dog with utis constantly. I know its more common in certain breeds and it was explained to me my husky was more prone because of her hair type that would help introduce the bacteria if it was inverted.
Now of course removing the uterus or testes greatly reduces the risk of cancer if done before the hormones are going BUT the risk of those cancers vs bone cancer from no sex hormones is not worth the risk to me.
That said any foster i have is altered before it goes to its new home weather that be at eight weeks or if the dogs ten.
I think a lot of people do not realize how hard having a dog going through a heat can be. It is messy,they can be a bit moody,and you have male dogs following you everywhere. So for most normal owners I think altering before the first heat probably is best. If you do keep the dog intact till its grown you have to assure the dog will not get pregnant/impregnate anything. and if for some reason it happens then have it terminated vs letting the pups be born. The last thing this world needs is more puppies and it is unhealthy for a young dog to go through a pregnancy.
As far as her weight remember you control that:) when giving treats try something better for her. I gave my corgi carrots or green beans and she could care less. She looks at food and gains weight!
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons -James Thurber