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    Hello, sorry if I posted this in the wrong forum section!

    My Kelpie pup(female) is currently 7 months old and has not been desexed yet... The reason for that is because she's my first dog and I have heard a lot of stories about dogs not recovering and passing away due to the surgery.
    I own cats and they are desexed and recovered perfectly, although as I said above, this is my first dog so I don't know if dogs are any different to cats when it comes to recovering.
    I have a few questions if you guys could answer them please


    Is it okay to desex at 1 year old(probably after their first heat cycle), even though 6 months is preferred?

    Is it true that every heat cycle they go through increases the chance of a problem happening(not quite sure what 'problem' though)?

    Is it normal for some dogs to bleed from the stitches & refuse to eat/drink for a few days after surgery?

    Will the bitch become less active, fat, personality change, etc?

    Will desexing before they're fully grown/sexually mature have any impact on their growth rate/adult size?

    After surgery, should they be fed less than usual for the first 2 weeks?

    Anything else I should know about?


    Thanks guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RakshaWw View Post
    Hello, sorry if I posted this in the wrong forum section!

    My Kelpie pup(female) is currently 7 months old and has not been desexed yet... The reason for that is because she's my first dog and I have heard a lot of stories about dogs not recovering and passing away due to the surgery.
    I own cats and they are desexed and recovered perfectly, although as I said above, this is my first dog so I don't know if dogs are any different to cats when it comes to recovering.
    I have a few questions if you guys could answer them please


    Is it okay to desex at 1 year old(probably after their first heat cycle), even though 6 months is preferred?

    Is it true that every heat cycle they go through increases the chance of a problem happening(not quite sure what 'problem' though)?

    Is it normal for some dogs to bleed from the stitches & refuse to eat/drink for a few days after surgery?

    Will the bitch become less active, fat, personality change, etc?

    Will desexing before they're fully grown/sexually mature have any impact on their growth rate/adult size?

    After surgery, should they be fed less than usual for the first 2 weeks?

    Anything else I should know about?


    Thanks guys!
    Welcome to the forum I would't be too concerned about the operation. Its something that vets do all the time. I've never heard of dogs not recovering from the surgery. The only issues i've heard about it is when the dog has had an unexpected allergic reaction to the stuff they use to knock them out. This is very uncommon though.

    Here are some answers to your questions.

    1. Everyone has a different opinion on this, some people prefer to wait until the bitch has had her first heat or two. But me personally, my next bitch will be getting desexed anywhere from 6 months onwards but definitely before her first heat, in order to prevent any accidents happening.
    2. I've never heard of this being a problem before. I know that undesexed bitches are more likely to develop diseases that involve the reproductive organs. However i wouldn't be too concerned about that.
    3. As far as i'm aware, it is not normal for the stitches to bleed, and the dog should be eating/drinking at least by 48 hours after the surgery. Other people here can give you more info on that though.
    4. No. The bitch will not become less active, she will not become fat and her personality will not change. These are just rumours that people seem to believe. The only personality change she might experience is the fact that she won't be competing with other females for a mate and she also won't be looking for male attention.
    5. I am not really knowledgeable in this area. I believe there are some things that may be impacted regarding the growth of the dog, but there are other people on this forum who can give you heaps of info about that.
    6. No, feed her her normal amount. Most vets will advise you to offer her a small meal after the surgery when she gets home (she may or may not eat this). After that, its the normal routine.

    Make sure you keep her clean and don't let her run around too much. My boy ran around heaps when he got desexed and he ended up getting a nasty infection.

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    Well its down to personal choice.
    personally i don't like desexing myself unless there is a medical reason.
    Tho keeping an intact dog or bitch comes with a lot of responsibility to prevent accidents.
    my last bitch was desexed at 3, never a single accident during tho's years, but only desexed because i was told too/manipulated into it by a breeder i didn't get her from..

    maddog - bitches wont compete for males attention... well u obviously never met my girl... even after desexing she still was a little hussy, Ging up the dogs then walken off with nose in air "oh u know u want it but cant have it" ahaha

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    IMO the risk of desexing(which in reality is pretty close to zero) is much less than the possible issues of not doing so ...

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    my only ever bitch, had her first season, and was very unhappy during this season, in pain too.
    that convinced me to do the op, though for females, my opinion from what i have researched, is health wise, you can avoid a lot of issues such as uterine cancer, cervical cancer etc from the desexing.

    Post op. Came home next day, sedated, blood shot eyes, feeling sorry for herself rather. I felt very mean!
    Day 2, you would not of known she'd had surgery, so i had to contain her exuberance till stitches, that never bled, leaked any ooze, came out on day 10.
    Voila! speyed female.

    Pre op. she would present to my males, shoving her butt in their faces, sitting on their faces if they were led down. Would play bow to get the fella's up off the ground, then present for mounting. She was a bit of tart my dog. like her mum used to be lol

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    I've known some females to compete for a mate. But yes, it will definitely minimise her wanting to present herself to male dogs.

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    lol, storys i could tell you about desperate bitches for male attention....

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    I was much the same and concerned as Maggie had reacted so badly to her immunisation. I asked the vet nurse which vet she would get to operate on her dog, turned out to be one of the partners. I booked in with her. Maggie came home with a small incision, no bucket, no problems at all. it was a complete anti climax !!

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    I would desex before first heat personally. If you continue with exercise and diet control there is no reason they would get fat. Bella and Harley were both desexed at 1 and their personality did not change at all.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Oh and post op recovery Harley, no matter how much I tried to stop him was up and about that afternoon. He had a cone because he had a little obsession with licking his balls that we also needed to stop. Bella was drowsy and quiet for a couple of days but then it was hard to keep her still as well. She didn't need a cone though.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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