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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-04-2016, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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Best age for spaying female

I have 8 month old female. Not going to breed her. What is best age to be spayed?
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I like mine to go through at least two seasons, to be fully mature physically and mentally before spaying.
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2. I've got a friend who adopted a dog. The dog was spayed young. Now she suffers from constant it's due to not developing fully. I'm not sure what it's called, but she has folds that harbor bacteria. Also, hormones are vital to proper growth in adolescent dogs.
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I have a dog that had a pediatric spay with no side effects. I would wait until 12 months at the earliest for a female and 18 for a male neuter. Realize most of us believe in late speuter if necessary or none at all, so the answers you get are going to lead toward older.
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2. I've got a friend who adopted a dog. The dog was spayed young. Now she suffers from constant it's due to not developing fully. I'm not sure what it's called, but she has folds that harbor bacteria. Also, hormones are vital to proper growth in adolescent dogs.
It's because the vulva is not fully developed at that age. One heat will open up the labia more.

I have decided to leave Deja in tact. The heats are not all that bad to go through. But I watch her health closely like I do mine
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I've researched this topic to death as I believe hormones are essential for proper development and health. Like 'wolfy dog' I may leave my pup intact. If not, I will leave her ovaries and have her uterus removed. Since she's already had one heat and about to have her second, there is NO health preventative/benefit to removing her ovaries per the vet I trust.
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I've researched this topic to death as I believe hormones are essential for proper development and health. Like 'wolfy dog' I may leave my pup intact. If not, I will leave her ovaries and have her uterus removed. Since she's already had one heat and about to have her second, there is NO health preventative/benefit to removing her ovaries per the vet I trust.
What's the cost of that compared to a normal spay? I ask because I'll be getting a female down the line
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What's the cost of that compared to a normal spay? I ask because I'll be getting a female down the line
I didn't ask or care. I guess a little bit more, not much. Every reputable GSD breeder I've talked to says let her have at least 2 heat cycles before you spay, 18-24 months. The argument to spay/remove the ovaries to prevent mammary gland cancer is moot once she's gone through a heat according to my vet.
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I didn't ask or care. I guess a little bit more, not much. Every reputable GSD breeder I've talked to says let her have at least 2 heat cycles before you spay, 18-24 months. The argument to spay/remove the ovaries to prevent mammary gland cancer is moot once she's gone through a heat according to my vet.
I agree, I'm not for spuetering. I was just curious about some options.
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