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    It's such a hard choice when to spay her. I wouldn't have doughts if in the back of my head, I wasn't worried, or i didn't have a bad gut feeling. I know many people do have bad gut feelings but it's when I feel a certain way and that's when normally i listen to my gut feeling. maybe i am just being paranoid.. She is my first female and i know it's more risky for a female then a male. I also wanted to let her mature so she could reach her proper growth cause she is so tiny, i didn't want to risk spaying her which would result in her not getting as big as she should. I don't think she'll grow much bigger.





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    She doesn't look that small in photo's but in person she is tiny, lol.





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    Actually research suggests that if you spay a dog before it is mature they will grow taller and that unsterilised dogs are shorter.

    I wouldnt worry too much, truly. If you can mange her heat and make sure she doesnt get pregnant well leave her till 12 months old if thats what you would prefer. She may not even come into heat by then.

    As I said I have owned a lot of bitches and never had any problems spaying at 6 - 8 months. It is actually less risky to spay them when their uterus is immature but not before 6 months old. My sister is a vet and she and I spayed most of our bitches ourselves.

    You can get a pre spay blood test if you like to make sure there are no metabolic problems.

    She is a stunning girl!
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    Thanks for all of the advice so far everyone.

    I may sound stupid right now but is metabolic to do with the uterus of the female dog?.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TahsSunny View Post
    Thanks for all of the advice so far everyone.

    I may sound stupid right now but is metabolic to do with the uterus of the female dog?.

    The blood test will give you an indication if there is a liver or kidney or other problem that may make her react badly to the anesthetic.

    I dont usually bother with younger dogs, unless it is a breed like a whippet. I always test my older dogs though. I also make sure they have an IV line in when my dogs go into surgery and receive fluids which aids recovery, also good if an emergency occurs during surgery.

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    Female desexing isn't more 'risky' per se, its just more invasive.

    Sorry, I can't get over this....5kg!?
    Are you positive!?
    My Kelpie X Border Collie is about 50cm at the whither and weighs 15kg and she's really lean, no fat on her at all. And your pup isn't as thin as her either. Sorry, im just really amazed!

    She so cute though, doesn't quite fit her ears yet. We had this member with a Kelpie she named Batty because of the ear size
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    I might actually get the test done, atleast i'll have peace in my mind when she does go under.

    I'm pretty positive, lol. If not, she'd be 1kg over. I am going to the vet for her last needle so I will double check for you and then let you know! . One of her younger sisters is even smaller!.

    Her dad was a cattle dog and her mum was a Kelpie x so who knows, way bag in the line there could've been a small breed mixed in? lol. Her ears don't fit her, do they, lol.

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    Actually research suggests that if you spay a dog before it is mature they will grow taller and that unsterilised dogs are shorter.
    I'm going to look this up. that's rather interesting. i'd like to know how this would work.

    Aussie, any idea's to the above question?. Since your a vet nurse I thought I could ask

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    My kelpie still doesnt fit her ears and she is 12 months old!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TahsSunny View Post
    I'm going to look this up. that's rather interesting. i'd like to know how this would work.


    It works because the sex hormones control growth plate closure. These plates close at different times. If the dog is spayed before all the plates are closed this can result in the unclosed growth plates closing later and the bones to keep growing.

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