I guess ones opinion on this might depend on how many unwanted puppies and dogs one has had to PTS.I agree that the majority of dogs should be desexed around 6mths but this is not true for all dogs is it?
I have worked more rescue than most & have had to inject unwanted dogs or stand by while others did but that would not make me desex a gaint breed before approx 18mths.
I have NEVER had an unwanted litter & alot of respondsable owners can keep full dogs without opps litters. It is not that hard to keep a bitch crated for 14 days really just extra work supervising wees & exercise.
I give everything I have to rehoming animals & use alot of my families money to do it so how many unweanted litters I've had to deal with of other peoples dose not affect my beleive for telling it how it really is. I feel I do my bit atm I have 3 rescue dogs & too many cats needing new homes. All are desexed & m/c, vacc & vet checked which I pay out of my own pocket.
Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........
Bitches desexed prior to 5.5 months of age have around a 6.7% incidence of hip dysplasia (while bitches desexed later have a rate of 4.7%) and
Bitches desexed prior to 5.5 months of age have around a 12.9% incidence of urinary incontinence (which is 5% in bitches desexed later.
As stated in report I linked earlier: http://www.uq.edu.au/ccah/docs/15309finalreport.pdf
There are lots of pros and cons and desexing an animal is a personal choice.
Just thought I would update on Lucy. She was desexed on Tuesday, at exactly 6 months old. She did really well and after sleeping most of the first day she was up and her normal self the next with no problems. I am very proud of her
Having seen some footage of puppy farms recently I am actually thinking one of the reasons to desex lucy is to give me some peace of mind....at least 'if' my lucy gets lost she couldnt end up in one of those god-forsaken places, its heartbreaking. Especially since she is a poodle and perfect for breeding those designer oodles
Anyway, thanks for all the advice so far....Lucy is gorgeous
The only problem with waiting until after their first season is that you have to wait a good 5 weeks after it before the spay otherwise they risk hemorrhage. This of course increases the risk of an oops litter.. the longer the wait the higher the risks.
Great to hear all went well. Good job.
A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
An optimist sees the glass as half full;
A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.
I'd still like to know why people believe that an entire animal cannot be kept responsibly, without an oops litter.
How is it that Registered Breeders (who are just responsible dog owners anyway) manage to keep packs of entire animals without having oops litters for the most part? Yes accidents happen, but if a person is careful and learns what to do why can't they keep their animal entire?
My family kept entire animals the entire time I was living at home and we never had any litters at all, ever. We never had issues with our males trying to get to the girls. Heaven forbid people actually behave responsibly. Oh, and we have never had a dog with cancer, mammary, prostate or otherwise. There was one litter of kittens from Frank - we thought she was a he, after that first litter (we kept the babies too) she never had anymore, we were responsible and careful.
Congratulations on everything going well with Lucy though, and apologies for my mini rant, I don't mean to derail your thread. I'm really glad she came through ok, how is she today?
Yep, Lucy has a tattoo in her left ear - although when it was done last week it was huge, looked like a cattle brand or something! Its very small now, so was just alot of ink around it I think.
I didnt get Lucy desexed because I wasnt a responsible pet owner who couldnt look after a dog during a season to prevent an unwanted litter - it was for several reasons, not least the point I made earlier that JUST IN CASE Lucy should go missing I would at least know she wouldnt end up in a Puppy Farm. Its a huge issue...
Anyway, I sit on the fence regarding desexing, but I had to make a decision for Lucy cos I was getting too many splinters in my bum !!
I have no doubt that I could have kept my 2 bitches segregated from my male quite successfully.
In my case..I just don't want the hassle of doing so, on the alert for seasons etc. They would never be bred from so it is far easier that I had them desexed.
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