Okay, my chihuahua is 11 months old and she is full grown at 2.5 pounds (she stopped growing at about 6 months) and she is 100% healthy. The thing is, I heard somewhere a long time ago from another breeder who I can't find on the net anymore, that it's unsafe to spay tiny dogs because there's a higher risk that they won't make it, due to their tiny size. They also mentioned that their weight may fluctuate after the surgery. Anyone know how true this is? I've tried researching but can't really get a specific answer. She is in heat now, and not that it's bothersome, I just thought it might be more comfortable if she were spayed. I don't have any other dogs and she always stays with me if we go out.
If anyone knows anything about this, or if you're an experienced breeder of small dogs, I'd love to hear what you have to say. I may be thinking about getting a male bulldog some day (within next year) that will of course be neutered but if my girl is not spayed will this cause problems even though he'll be neutered?
spaying a tiny dog is dangerous. You have to do the research and find a vet who is knowledgeable on tiny dogs. Breeding a female that small would probably be suicide. You would probably lucky to have 1 pup, and it would be a c-section. It would more the likely be a death sentence for her.
As far as getting a boy down the road, having her in tact and neutering him shouldn't be a issue. Have he neutered young, and he really just wont get it lol.
The dangers of leaving her intact are simple, uterine infections, breast cancer, unwanted oops preg, etc. Pryometria(i spelled that wrong Im sure) is deadly, and always my biggest fear in an un-spayed bitch.
I would talk to a vet about it. Call any breeders of toy dogs in your area, and find out who they use. If you explain the situation, most are happy to help. good luck
I have three Chihuahuas, two males and a female...the boys are neutered and the female is spayed. I have a great vet and had no issues getting them fixed there were no complications. He does his surgeries using a laser, I'm not sure if that's standard practice or not. It cost quite a bit but as I said all went well and you can barely see their scars since he used the laser. I'm not really sure if it caused their weight to fluctuate Since I got them fixed at six months when the vet recommended and they obviously werent done growing. The oldest two have remained at the same weight this past year, the youngest just had his surgery so I'm not sure.
If your dog doesn't like someone you probably shouldn't either!
Thanks so much to you both. Those answers really helped. I guess that breeder was right after all, I'm so glad that I remembered that because I think some vets would actually just do the job and say of course there's a risk, even though it might have been a huge risk without me knowing. I will definitely call or email some breeders of small dogs, great idea!
As for the weight thing, I hope it's not true. I guess I'll have to ask that question also. I'm kind of leaning towards not spaying her, but then again the health risks scare me. Big decisions!!