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post #1 of 77 (permalink) Old 02-05-2010, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Hello! My female is a little over 2 yrs old and I am debating whether to spay or not. I have been reading some conflicting articles on spaying females. Most agree that spaying them before their first heat dramatically decreases their chances of mammary cancer ( but she has already had several heat cycles so I don't know if this would still apply to me). However, there are negatives to spaying as well. I am not worried about pregnancy b/c she is an inside dog and she is very trained and does not run off or anything like that. Any advice? Do spayed dogs live longer, healtheir lives?
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I recommend spaying. There are too many accidents in animal shelters already. I have a spayed female, and she does just fine.

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Thanks but I am trying to base my decision on medical/health reasons and not on possible irreponsiblity of an owner (which would not apply to me b/c she will not get pregnant by accident). I want to hear the medical/health pros and cons of people with GSDs.
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In response, I was just letting you know that my spayed female is healthy. Is this not considered a health related response?? My apologies for sounding like I was insinuating that you are an irresponsible dog owner. I just wanted to offer what I could.....that there is at least one healthy spayed female out there.....I thought you might want as many answers as possible to gain more insight into the subject. I'm sure others will have loads of information, but that was mine, I'm sorry if wasn't what you were looking for.

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Lots of discussion on this in the Health section - you should probably have posted your question there.

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Yeah, probably under Basic Care....whoops....that's where it is.

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Re: To Spay or not to Spay

Never say never, it is called an accident for a reason. Even the most responciable person can slip up.

Though besides that, pyometra is my #1 reason for spaying a female who isn't going to be bred. If you want any good reason, that is one for me. It nearly killed my girl and the bills to fix it totalled roughly 10 spays.
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Re: To Spay or not to Spay

Some folks never spay and their dog lives a full wonderful life. Some spay laterin life due to health concerns. One thing for certain (backed up by a recent study) spaying too early IS NOT the way to go.

I would wait as long as possible before thinking about it.
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Re: To Spay or not to Spay

SPAY!

I always wait until after the second heat for my girls. You want the hormones for normal growth, but once they are grown, do the spay....I've recently had a bunch of friends that just were too lazy to get the surgery for their dogs, but ended up with REALLY ill dogs and super $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ surgery from pyrometra. Scary scary.

Here's the article about why wait until grown...

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




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