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What age to spay?

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Hi

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.

Any advice?

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I think you would be best to get her spayed as soon as possible. We had out cats "done" when they were 6 months old. (male and female). Our dog was already spayed when we got her but understand that this was done at about 6 months. there is nothing to be gained from letting them have their first or successive seasons and can only make them more desparate to get out and mate. Better to be safe than have children around!!

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Speying is the solution not the option.

I am not a vet, but I have seen litters in the states
speyed before going to their new homes. ie) 8 to 10 weeks.
There doesn't seem to be any bad side effects.They have been doing it for a long time.
But I am all in favour of all pets being neutered
as soon as possible.Why give an animal a maternal instinct
only to then remove it.
Most vets are in favour of the "Mid seasons" being the right time to spey,
but rescue bitches get speyed and no-one really knows where they are in their cycle.

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We have no doubts about having her spayed. You just hear so many different opinions on the right time. On experience now she has had 2 seasons we are definitely getting her done before the next one. It is cruel to confine a dog that is used to running free.

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Funnily enough ive been the vets today and was asking him about getting our dog spayed and said we will talk about it when she is six months old and see what her size etc is like and then take it from there but he said normally after the first season.

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