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Hello all,



First-time poster here, been lurking for a while.
I have a, now 3 months and 2 weeks, old gsd puppy and I've got some healthcare questions.


I've read a lot of comments and advices on when to spray/neuter a gsd, but they all say different things. When can I expect her first heat?

My vet suggested to spay her at 6 months of age before her first heat occurs.
Now the question is since she is an in-house dog and I do NOT plan on breeding her, is that correct age to do so? Or should I let her experience first, second or even third heat to fully develop her body/mind?

Can or should I expect behavioural changes after spaying her? I'd prefer to keep her in this young playful mindset, but I'd also like to make sure she doesn't develop any health issues due to non-spaying/spaying.

What kind of spaying should I go with? I've read that there are two main/only options, one that would surgically remove her womb and all the works, and one that would just tie up her canals or whatever are those parts called (sorry, not a native English speaker)

And one more question, regarding her weight, at 3m1w, she weight 14.7 kgs (hmm around 32.5 pounds). Is that weight okay for her? according to most charts, she is way above her size for her age.
Could that be an issue later on or is she just going to be a bigger specimen? :)

If anything is unclear, please feel free to ask.

Regards,
Matt
 

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It's your dog but everything I've read and been told by GSD breeders is don't spay her before 18 months to allow her to mature and her growth plates to close. Certainly dealing with 1-2 heats is worth that. But once she's been through 1 heat cycle, there's no benefit to removing her ovaries if you have her spayed. I may spay my pup at 2-3 years, if I don't breed her, so I'll just have her uterus removed and leave her ovaries; many health benefits to retaining hormones; only downside is increased risk of mammary gland cancer, but since she's already been through one heat that's moot.
 

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If she's already a bit on the larger side, I personally would wait until she reaches 18-24 months to spay her (provided that you are careful to prevent accidental pregnancies when she is in heat) just to make sure that her hips and joints grow correctly. There has been a fair amount of research that suggests that spaying/neutering before the growth plates fully close (around 24 months) can cause hip/joint problems. Most vets will recommend spaying/neutering around 4-8 months because one, most owners aren't careful enough to prevent accidental pregnancies, and two, because they want to prevent problems such as mammary cancer, uterine cancer, etc. However, hip/joint problems are much more common than mammary and uterine cancer, so I personally would rather take the risk of waiting to spay her until she's older rather than risk her developing hip/joint problems due to spaying too early.
 

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Thank you all for the information. The decision has been made and I will wait for her to reach 2 years before spaying her.

Thank you all again!
 
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