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Old 01-22-2014, 03:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, my puppy is 5 months and we were thinking of neutering her at 6 months.
This is my first dog so we were wondering what are the pros and cons of neutering a female dog.

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Males are neutered, females are spayed. Whether or not you do it at all is a very personal decision and there are lots of debates on this board as to which is better for health reasons- but it also comes down to if you're willing to deal with a bitch in heat, taking the proper safeguards, etc. I'd suggest doing some research on those threads and see how you feel.

Whichever way you decide to go, the common thread of thought is that six months is too early to do it. A lot of vets recommend this because many, many (many) pet owners don't know or care to be responsible for an intact female and they sexually mature before they're adults. You really should wait until she is older and done growing.
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I've seen more and more choose to wait until after at least one heat cycle. I'd be inclined to follow the crowd on this particular issue. There are SO many variable in the equation, nothing really concrete can be nailed down as to the pros and cons of early/late spaying. I could conjure arguments for both with my limited knowledge. However my gut says that letting nature do "it's thing" and wrought a fully intact female before the snip-snip makes more sense than changing the plumbing before the build is done. That's me tho and I am not an expert on hormonal/structure/bio chem in the least.
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A lot of people around here are going to tell you to wait. I disagree. I get my dogs spayed/neutered as soon as they are old enough for my vet to do it. I think they recover easier.

The ASPCA says, "Spayed dogs are less likely to develop breast cancer and will not be at risk for ovarian or uterine tumors."

The Humane Society says, "Spaying females prior to their first heat cycle nearly eliminates the risk of breast cancer and totally prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer. "

The rescue I volunteer at requires that their puppies be spayed and neutered at under 6 months. Both their vet and mine recommend 5 months.
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Actually males are castrated. Neuter is a generic term for males & females.

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Hi, my puppy is 5 months and we were thinking of neutering her at 6 months.
This is my first dog so we were wondering what are the pros and cons of neutering a female dog.

Thanks in advance.
My first three dogs were neutered/spayed early. My newest gal will most likely be spayed at 18 months, thought I'd try it differently this time.

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Actually males are castrated. Neuter is a generic term for males & females.

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Thanks for all the answers!
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Old 01-22-2014, 11:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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My vet recommends 6 months, before the first "heat."
Dogs and cats can get pregnant as early as 8 months, so why risk it?
If she is healthy what risk could there be for a neuter at 6 months?
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Discussion with my vet is that there can be a lot of skeletal/joint issues associated with spaying young dogs but that the link to cancer is less clear.
IF I spay a female it will not be until she is at least 18 months old. I'm considering spaying my 4+ yo. She's the oddity that has developed false pregnancies and the last one = one rather crabby dog for about a week to 10 days. (Just hard on the other dogs.)
I've had cancer take two dogs at what I consider prematurely (9 and 12 yo) Both of these dogs were neutered.

So - that's why not to spay before first heat. That's why to wait until they are mature at the earliest. Just know that intact females breed to get pregnant, know the signs of heat, be vigilant. Know that a heat cycle lasts for 3 weeks, not just the week of bleeding.
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