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?