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Old 08-10-2012, 01:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone has pros/cons of spaying a GSD 7 month puppy? We have another male somewhat agressive dog who is neutered and a 3 year old who is spayed. There's coyotes by us and other dogs. We also have some young kids. Thank you!
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Excellent time to catch her before her 1st heat.
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I personally feel it's best to wait until maturity, if you can keep it all managed. But, if you can;t do it, I'd spay now :-/
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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We feel bad about not giving her the opportunity to have puppies but we wouldn't be around much to help them. We also worry that all the dogs may get more aggressive to each other. Plus with the kids, we have to keep the house clean during the time she's in heat.
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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To spay is my say...and spay as early as your vet recommends...
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Ok, sounds like that's what most of you think too with the situation. Thanks for the fast feedback!
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:04 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Some people feel it is better to wait until they are older, but if you are concerned about the issues surrounding an intact female, then go ahead.

No need to feel bad about not letting her have puppies - not letting her have puppies is a responsible thing to do. So many things could go wrong, and so many oops litters with unwanted pups in the world. Not saying that yours would have an oops litter, or that the pups would be unwanted - but if you are on the fence about spaying, there is no shortage of puppies in the world, and you are possibly saving yourself major expenses and heartbreak if problems arise.
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Normally I would say wait, but since you have concerns, I would make an appointment now to get her done.
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:17 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Seriously? No one on this board is going to give this poor dog the benefit of her caring (or she wouldn't be asking!) owner knowing the information relating to all the proven dangers of early spaying?

I will.

http://www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/LongT...uterInDogs.pdf

Canine Sports Productions: Early Spay-Neuter Considerations for the Canine Athlete

It's good of you to care enough to ask, summberbreeze. So many just blindly follow what everyone tells them to do, not ever questioning WHY and WHY NOT. Good for you. Hope those articles will give you some help in deciding which risks are most concerning for you.
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Good links given above.

However, don't feel bad about 'not giving her the chance to have puppies.'
Dogs don't reproduce because they want to have a family and raise their pups. They reproduce for instincutal and evolutional reasons. A female won't be sad if she never gets to have pups. Completely different mentality than humans.
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