|11-24-2012 07:40 PM|
|wyominggrandma||Been spaying females early for years and years(over 40) and have had them live long healthy lives with no issues............|
|11-24-2012 01:48 PM|
I had a dog while growing up that was spayed at age 6 and developed incontinence later.
My old girls in my home now, one of whom was spayed prior to 1st heat (is now 10 1/2yrs.old), have not developed it. The other old girl is 13...not sure when she was spayed.
Keep in mind sex hormone related cancers are quite common in older dogs, we've seen those cancers many rescued dogs who make it to their golden years and are still intact.
Congrats on the new puppy, I'm sure she'll be fine
|11-24-2012 01:39 PM|
I have posted this before:
I have and have had females spayed early (8 weeks), late (7 years) and in between, most were out of my control, so what I do is...
ETA - forgot TLC and attention!
DogAware.com Articles: Incontinence in Dogs I don't consider 1 in 5 to be that high. Pee happens!
CONGRATS on your puppy!
|11-24-2012 01:32 PM|
|llombardo||I'm not to sure about that young either. Mine was done at about 5 months or so. She is now 14 months and per the vet her body has done exactly what it should. She grew upwards and gained weight very evenly. I believe she is done going upwards, but she is now in the process of filling out. I weighed her today and she is 65.6 pounds, she has gained about 6 pounds in the last two months. I would like her to get no more then 70-75 pounds.|
|11-24-2012 01:14 PM|
I've heard that there may be a higher occurence of spay incontinence when the surgery is done that young, but I haven't seen any statistics.
Bone and joint issues would be my concern. Keep her lean as she grows, and don't overfeed. You want her growth to be slow and steady, so that the long bones don't grow faster than they should. Gentle exercise is good, but I'd try to avoid a lot of jumping, going up and down stairs, or hard running until she is mature.
|11-24-2012 01:08 PM|
any issues I should know of that could crop up because of early spay?
We got our GSD puppy from the shelter at 10.5 weeks old. She was spayed by the shelter when they first got her at 8 weeks. She was first adopted at 8 weeks, but that family brought her back 2.5 weeks later because she had too much energy for them to deal with. We got her just a few hours after she arrived at the shelter again.
Are there any issues I should be aware of that might be caused by being spayed so young?