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    Quote Originally Posted by Leema View Post
    You do not need to get your bitch desexed.
    Please don't breed her, but you do not have to get her desexed.

    There is a mantra that being responsible IS desexing. Personally, being responsible is not breeding irresponsibly. There is a big difference.

    Regardless, if you do want to get your bitch desexed, go for 6 months or later. Just be prepared for her to come into heat and, if she does, to ensure she does not have access to a male dog in that time.


    For a report on early aged desexing, follow this link: http://www.uq.edu.au/ccah/docs/15309finalreport.pdf

    This report says:
    *evidence suggests that “the incidence of hip dysplasia is higher (6.7% veruse 4.7%) in dogs dessexed prior to 5.5 months of age” (pg3) and that
    *there is “a higher incidence of urinary incontinence (12.9% versus 5%) and cystitis in female dogs desexed prior to 5.5 months fo age.” (pg3)


    Considering this, I recommend 6 months or later for a spay.
    That is why they recommend late desexing in giant breeds, i will be doing mine at about 24 months. But I think for a small breed 6 months sound OK.
    Mind you katy did not have her first season until 16 months
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    That is why they recommend late desexing in giant breeds, i will be doing mine at about 24 months. But I think for a small breed 6 months sound OK.
    Mind you katy did not have her first season until 16 months
    Do you have any more info on this or links? Seeing that Abby is a 6 month old great dane x mastiff x ridgie I'd love to learn more about the best time for desexing. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glitter009 View Post
    Do you have any more info on this or links? Seeing that Abby is a 6 month old great dane x mastiff x ridgie I'd love to learn more about the best time for desexing. Thanks!
    Well many do not even start cycling till 1 year or older as they are very slow maturers(gaint breeds) & really for healthy hormone levels & joint heath you should wait untill a dog is all but finished growing. For gaint breeds this is alot older than other breeds, my TM's are still full on bubbas at 6mnths.
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    Here is some info re Spaying/neutering

    http://www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/longt...uterindogs.pdf

    Margaret V. Root Kustritz, a veterinary reproduction specialist at the University of Minnesota, reviewed 200 studies and found that while spay/neuter surgery has benefits, it is also linked to increases in the incidence of certain diseases and conditions such as bone cancer, heart tumors, hypothyroidism and canine cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries, as well as prostate cancer in male dogs and urinary incontinence in females. The extent of the risk can depend on the problem, as well as the size and sex of the dog, and the age the surgery is performed.
    The risk of a type of cardiac tumor called hemangiosarcoma is five times higher in spayed female dogs than unspayed females, noted Kustritz. And neutered males have 2.4 times the risk of unneutered males. The risk was also higher for osteosarcoma (bone cancer): Dogs spayed or neutered before age 1 were up to two times as likely to develop the disease than those that hadn’t been altered.
    Spaying and neutering may also heighten behavior problems such as aggression in some breeds and noise phobias in dogs altered at less than 5 months of age, she found.

    I tend to go with the vet studies and not the behaviourist/rspca and such studies.
    Hope this helps.

    I have had a lot of none neutered bitches and dogs in my household together and have never had an unplanned litter. But I do spay all my bitches before the age of five, even if i have bred them. that is purely a personal choice. i do not believe in puppy factories. 2-3 litters only. Usually only 2. Again that is my own personal choice
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    Great info Newfie.
    Yes I agree I have undesexed dogs here but never had an opps litter.
    I have just spent a sleeples week due a bitch being on heat & therefore crated which requires alot more work.
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    I got my pup done at 5 months - He was very "developed" so my vet suggested he get done earlier. It is worth getting your vets opinion.

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    Just popped by the forum after a few weeks away. Lucy is doing very well, she is a gorgeous dog However, the few posts regarding her desexing has now left me with a dilemma/choice !! I have no intention of breeding Lucy, she is an indoor dog and only outside in our garden or accompanied on her lead. So, is it really necessary to desex her and put her through the operation and associated risks for the benefit of having no puppy risk and no seasons to deal with? Is it really better for her ? My vet just said its our choice and backed up the age 6 months thing.....

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    I have read of some dogs going to incredible lengths to get at a bitch on heat.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Males have broken through glass windows to get to bitch's on heat.
    There is no reason to take the risk. If you really care for her, you will get her desexed.
    Vets will never tell you that you HAVE to desex your dog(I work with them), but behind the scenes, they will always have a bitch about the client that won't desex their dog.
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    I desexed my girl bang on 6 months before she even had her first heat.

    We didn't have a choise even though we would have done it anyway. We have an entire male who is about 10 times her size. I was oging to NZ for a week and I was concerned she may come on heat whilst I was away and my OH wouldn't notice and then our big dog would get to her and literally split her in half. so down to the vet she went and had the op.

    I am not sure but I thought desexing helped with things that can go wrong with a uterus, like maybe pyrometria (sp??), mastitis etc etc....I don't knwo that's just what I thought.

    If you are not planning to breed her, then I would desex her for a number of reasons. first being bleeding every heat and having to extra supervis eher. second being you can't really take a bitch in heat out in public so she'd have to be stuck at home for 3 weeks.

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