Does anyone have a good argument on the timing of spaying?
In the UK we had our bitch spayed after her first season but we think that was too soon as she developed quite a few behavioural problems as we don't think her hormone levels were fully developed...humping everything was one symptom!
We have a small portuguese bitch (breed undetermined) She was born in Feb 2012, had her first season Oct/Nov 2012. She has just come into her 2nd season this week. We think she is fully grown as she hasn't increased in size over the last 6 months or so.
She is an extremely active girl and we have at least 1.5 hrs a day walk with her running free in the forests around us. Obviously we cannot do that at the moment. Something has torn holes in our fencing and she has got out twice today - will have to be on the lead even in the garden until the end of her season!
We are planning on having her spayed mid way after this season and before the next. We don't want to breed from her, there are loads of dogs running loose and we hate having to keep her shut up as she is used to running free in the garden as well as her walks.
We have heard various arguments over leaving it until at least 2 years old, having it done in the winter (if the seasons tie in) as less risk of infection etc. We think it should be done after this season as she is so unhappy at being so restricted.