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Spay before first heat cycle?

Postby Dizzy » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:20 am

Was at the vet the other day getting shots and looking at tick flea meds. The vet said if I'm going to Spay my drahthaar I should do it before her first heat cycle to avoid possible cancer. I told her I read to wait till after her heat cycle. The vet said thatshe the old school way of thinking and itsee better to Spay early. Now I'm confused as to what to do.
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Re: Spay before first heat cycle?

Postby orhunter » Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:30 pm

You need a new Vet. Seriously. SERIOUSLY.
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Re: Spay before first heat cycle?

Postby Smilin Jack » Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:32 pm

I did early with one of my Labs about 6 yrs. ago . She ended up with being incontinent .... I would wait ....
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Re: Spay before first heat cycle?

Postby Misskiwi67 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:24 pm

Age of spay doesn't affect incontinence, it's all hormones unfortunately.

Waiting after one heat cycle is coming back into favor. There have been a number of studies recently showing delayed spay has some health benefits. We DO NOT know the ideal age to spay. The risk of mammary cancer increases only a tiny bit after one heat cycle. It's a huge jump after the second cycle. So until we learn the best time (it may even vary between breeds) after one heat cycle seems a reasonable compromise.

It is a harder surgery after the first cycle. The best thing you can do to prevent complications is to keep your dog as lean as possible. The difficulty of a spay surgery goes up exponentially with every extra bit of internal fat.
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Re: Spay before first heat cycle?

Postby Dakotazeb » Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:34 pm

Here's another thread on this site that deals with the same issue.

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Re: Spay before first heat cycle?

Postby Chadwick » Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:58 pm

Think about what would happen to a 12 year old girl if her ovaries were removed before she matured? Pretty much says it all for early spaying.
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Re: Spay before first heat cycle?

Postby Doc E » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:09 pm

I'd wait until at least 14 months of age.

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Re: Spay before first heat cycle?

Postby Misskiwi67 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:30 pm

Chadwick wrote:Think about what would happen to a 12 year old girl if her ovaries were removed before she matured? Pretty much says it all for early spaying.


No periods, no hormones, no cramps, no crying for no reason, no boobs getting in the way. If you don't want kids, it sounds like a dream!!
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