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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-19-2010, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for Opinions on spaying

Hi,

We are going to have our female pup spayed. Although, she is a pb gsd (with pretty good pedigree, I might add) we are not at all interested in breeding her or showing her.

I know there are lots of varying opinions as to when the proper time is to spay a female. Our vet prefers to spay before they are 4 months old. However, he will leave her ovaries in if we want them left in. What’s your opinion on leaving the ovaries in place and only removing the uterus and tubes?

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Re: Looking for Opinions on spaying

http://www.caninesports.com/SpayNeuter.html

I don't neuter unless compelled to for some reason and have never been in any hurry to spay a female. I have no experience with hysterectomy only though.

http://www.petconnection.com/blog/2009/1...s-than-without/

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Re: Looking for Opinions on spaying

This makes it so hard to decide. We had two shepherds before and both of them came to us from a shelter/rescue and we fixed both as adults after we're sure they had pups. Not too close to when we got them, but they were breeding dogs.

Now we have Zeva. I'm worried about her going into heat because I have NO idea how to deal w/ it. They bleed, right? how bad? Do they need to wear pads? I'm just so lost. Ahhhhh!

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Re: Looking for Opinions on spaying

I have always spayed my females at 7 months old, and they all grew and were healthy afterward, no problems, did not know they had two types of spay.

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Re: Looking for Opinions on spaying

Yes, bitches bleed when they go into heat. Some are VERY good at keeping themselves clean - some are not.

If I had white carpeting I would invest in the panties and pads. With wood floors throughout the house I don't bother.

I prefer to let my females get to at LEAST 12 months of age before I have them spayed - IF I have them spayed.
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Re: Looking for Opinions on spaying

The breeder of Valkyrie strongly recommends waiting until more than 6 mos old, gone through at least one heat cycle minimum before spaying. Did I read it here or was it somewhere else that there is thought that leaving the ovaries = longer life for the dog.

I had one female that I misjudged on and she went through one heat cycle. No big deal.
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Re: Looking for Opinions on spaying

Spaying and/or neutering should be based on the owner's ability to maintain a dog in that condition first and foremost.

FG: there is a post in health called Heat for Dummies that you might find helpful.

However, the OP's question is this:
<u>What’s your opinion on leaving the ovaries in place and only removing the uterus and tubes?</u>





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Re: Looking for Opinions on spaying

My first GSD died from a botched spay and I will never spay a bitch again. I have 3 intact bitches now (1GSD, 2 Poms) not even close to any oops litters.
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Re: Looking for Opinions on spaying

I'd recommend spaying her around 6 months. Spaying her before her first heat dramatically reduces her risk of mammary cancer which is a common cancer in female dogs. The benefits to waiting are not as clear cut.

FYI, there are pros and cons either way but the canine sports article above is bunk. It has false citations and isn't accurate.

I would not advocate removing the uterus and leaving the ovaries. You're incurring all the risks of surgery and won't reap any of the mammary cancer benefits.


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Re: Looking for Opinions on spaying

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Originally Posted By: pupresqI'd recommend spaying her around 6 months. Spaying her before her first heat dramatically reduces her risk of mammary cancer which is a common cancer in female dogs. The benefits to waiting are not as clear cut.
this is my feeling as well until there is more compelling evidence showing the benefits of waiting.

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