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Thread: When Should I Spay My Pup?.

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    Default When Should I Spay My Pup?.

    Hey everyone.

    I currently own a 5month old Kelpie x ACD who only weighs 5lbs and I am trying to decide wether I should spay her at 6 months or wait til she is fully matured.

    Anyone got advice for me?. I've got cons/pro's on both situations.

    Part of me wants her to fully mature and if I allow this, she will NOT be bred and she will be crated in my room when she is in heat. I have no plans on breeding her at all.

    Thank you.

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    Well its up to you do you want your dog to have puppies or not?

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    No, I don't, defiantly not, lol.

    Just, I feel like I should let her fully mature before spaying her. She wouldn't have the chance to breed because when she goes into heat, I'd put her in her crate while I am not home.

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    if I don't spay her at 6 months, the plan would be to spay her when she is fully matured.

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    5lbs is only 2kg, are you sure that is right? My medium breed was 8kg (17 pounds) at 8 weeks old.

    If you have the facilities to manage her while she is in season I would let her have one before spaying. That means keeping her secure (crate being one option as you mentioned, or a secure dog run, or inside the house), putting up with the mess and only exercising her on leash, a car's drive away from your house so she doesn't leave her scent behind

    We had our girl spayed at 11 months (before her first season). We would have had trouble managing her season as we both work fulltime and she is too active to crate for 9 hours a day. IMO there is credible research out there that recommends waiting until around 14 months for a medium breed but there is no hard and fast rule. I would have waited if we'd been able to.

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    woops, lol. She'd be 5kg's then!. She is small for her age though.

    I only work 6 hours a day so crating her wouldn't be to bad while I work.

    Thank you for your advice, I appreciate it. How old is 14 months?. Is that a year?.

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    Last edited by TahsSunny; 12-03-2010 at 12:08 PM.

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    putting up with the mess and only exercising her on leash, a car's drive away from your house so she doesn't leave her scent behind
    I didn't know about her scent coming back to our house if walked.. I can't drive so I might just need to play with her a lot instead of walking her?. I can live with her mess . Even if she sleeps inside and will ruin my floor, lol. I heard you can get special diaper things for females in heat?. Though, I don't know if I want to make her wear them if I choose to let her go into heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinaisback100 View Post
    Well its up to you do you want your dog to have puppies or not?
    Tinais you are very young so perhaps you dont understand the implcations of what you are saying. Do you know how many dogs are put to sleep each year because people have bred their dogs carelessly? The last thing we need are more pups coming from indiscriminate breeding. Go and volunteer down at the local pound or for a dog shelter and then you may understand the terrible and heartbreaking reality of it all.

    TahsSunny, my family combined has owned more than 30 bitches over the last 40 years and all the bitches have been spayed between 6 and 8 months with absolutely no problems at all. They have lived till a ripe old age with no problems and many of then have been working dogs and I also compete in agility.

    I did leave one ACD bitch till she had her first heat at 9 months because she had a congenital immature uriniary tract system that the vet felt may repond to the hormone boost from having a heat. I went through the mess and fending off male dog intruders only to have her nearly die from pyometra - an often fatal infection of the uterus. The boost of hormones didnt help her congenital problem either.

    My current 12 month old kelpie bitch was spayed at 8 months. I would spay my bitches at 8 months. Gives them a bit of maturity, avoids a heat cycle. My dogs are working sheep on my farm and agility dogs and I have never seen any problems from spaying them before their first haeat.

    I have only had one older bitch who has occasional spay incontinence and that is easily controlled. All my dogs are very lean and fit - no overweight dogs here, so a sterilised bitch does not have to be overweight, you just feed her less and make sure she has exercise.

    The dogs I would probably leave longer are the large breed dogs and dogs like Rottweillers. I think the evedence for these dogs is to delay spaying, but then I have a breeder friend of Rotties and she has had plenty of cancer and ortho problems amongst her unsterilised bitches.
    Last edited by Kalacreek; 12-03-2010 at 12:23 PM.

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    At our clinic we spay and nueter at about 6 months. Larger breeds at 10 months.

    5kg!? Can we see photos?
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