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Old 03-18-2014, 10:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been doing a LOT of research about spay/neuter. My girl is almost 5 months, and my vet wants to spay and chip her at 6 months. I wondered if any of you have an opinion on partial spay. It seems like partial spay has a lower health risk. I'm really worried about temperament change, and her growth being affected. Is partial spay a safer option?


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Old 03-18-2014, 10:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Why not just wait until she is done growing and then fully spay her? She can be microchipped without being spayed.


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Why not just wait until she is done growing and then fully spay her? She can be microchipped without being spayed.


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She is a SD, and is out and about a lot... So not spaying is not so much an option


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it would be the same surgery to spay her as to do a partial spay
i doubt youd find a vet to do it
however if you do it young enough she will bounce right back
i would say give her a week or so to recover but she should be good as new a day or two after the spay surgery
that would be far preferable to being out and about a lot and in heat

it seems a service dog would be able to do its job better while not wearing garments for keeping things neat back there while she is spotting
and having every male dog in the vicinity trailing after you
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I think M&M lives in the EU, Norway.

They do a lot of partial spays in Europe> I'm guessing 'partial spay' means taking the ovaries only.

I had it done on Ilda, since we went with laparoscopic procedure while having the gastropexy done.

Positives, it does seem less traumatic and can be done laparoscopically. I also believe there's less of a chance of incontinence due to traditional spay.

Downside, while the chances are decreased significantly dogs can still get pyometria and it complicates diagnosis of urinary tract issues should they arise.

Overall, according to my vet who did Ilda's spay it's been done in Europe for years with few problems and does have benefits.
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Why can't she be left intact as a Service dog? I know a lot of intact service dogs... a few on this board, IIRC.
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This is a long article but, it will answer most of your questions..

Health Issues Linked to Spaying and Neutering Dogs

I agree to wait until 18 - 28 months. I disagree with you vet unless your the 10% who can have an 'OOPS' did I do that? Litter...
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She is a SD, and is out and about a lot... So not spaying is not so much an option


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That answers your question I guess. It depends on the kind of partial spay. Removing the uterus leaves the ovaries which means she will still be in heat and attractive to males, just not able to have pups and still run the risk of mammary gland trouble.
If you remove the ovaries, she will be like a fully spayed dog, but some hormones seem to be retained if the uterus is in tact.
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