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Old 06-30-2014, 01:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We have an appointment to spay my 10 month female shepherd on Thursday. She is currently in heat--there are obvious red spots on my carpet. The vet said they are still willing to spay her but will need to charge a little more ($45 more) because the procedure is a little more involved. Im not really worried about the extra cost.

Can spaying while in heat be harmful to my dogs health? Is there anything that I should be worried about?? Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I got the following from AAHA Pet Owner | AAHA

Answer: It's possible to spay a dog during estrus, or heat, but it's not the best time. Most veterinarians prefer not to spay a dog in estrus because the uterine tissue can be swollen, fragile, and more prone to damage. Dogs also have a tendency to bleed more when they're in heat. Because of this, estrus makes surgery more risky for dogs, as well as for cats.

Most veterinarians prefer to delay spaying a dog until she has been out of estrus for a month or so. And, since a recently spayed dog may still be attractive to males, performing the surgery during heat won't do anything to keep the neighbors' dogs out of your yard. The best thing for your dog's health is to keep her safe inside for now and to have your veterinarian perform surgery in a month or so.
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Gotcha. She wont keep her doggy diapers on and I live in an apartment with white carpets...this is a pain.
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I would wait a few months. Heats average 3 weeks, so a month there, plus a month or even two after that should be about right.
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Yeah, I'd hold off for a while, not a good idea to do it while they're in heat.
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I had a previous female that I wanted spayed (rescue) my vet refused to do it till after her heat due to the possibility of excessive bleeding.
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it is actually possible while not necessarily the best your dog
but she should do fine with the spay
if your vet feels comfortable doing it then she ought to be safe

you can opt for a bag of fluids to be hung (if it is not part of the spay package) so they can replace any fluids she may lose during the surgery
this will also help her recovery
have them prescribe rimadyl as well or have them give her an injection of it after the procedure
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it is actually possible while not necessarily the best your dog
Then why do it? What is the hurry?
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Old 06-30-2014, 02:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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as per the op
Gotcha. She wont keep her doggy diapers on and I live in an apartment with white carpets...this is a pain.

if the vet feels comfortable doing it then there should not be an issue
if the vet was inexperienced doing in heat spays then no i would not do it but this vet apparently has done them
they learn this stuff in vet school btw
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All righty then..
The carpet wins


I guess it's all perspective.

I got badly burned by a vet years ago, and it was at that point when I started questioning a lot of them.
Even the worst student in vet school has a DVM on that wall.
Always opt for the safest route is my motto.
Surgery is always risky, even anesthesia itself poses a risk. Why add to that?

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Gotcha. She wont keep her doggy diapers on and I live in an apartment with white carpets...this is a pain.

if the vet feels comfortable doing it then there should not be an issue
if the vet was inexperienced doing in heat spays then no i would not do it but this vet apparently has done them
they learn this stuff in vet school btw
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