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Appropriate age to spay?

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by RoxysMomma, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. RoxysMomma

    RoxysMomma Puppy

    I have an appointment set for my puppy to be spayed next week. She will be turning 10 wks. old that day. Is she too young to be spayed? Will it affect her growth or behavior from doing it at such a young age? If so, what is the appropriate age to have it done? I definitely want to have it done before she goes into heat. Any advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated :)
  2. Sweetie Darlin'

    Sweetie Darlin' Good Dog

    I've heard them doing it even earlier. After talking it over with my vet, I decided to wait until my puppy had all of her vacines. Sweetie was spayed at 16 weeks. So far as affecting growth--I don't think it had any negative impact...she's growing like a weed. :)

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    Also, I did not notice anything different in her behavior afterwards. She was the same sweet little girl.
  3. menzie3

    menzie3 Good Dog

    Ive heard a lot of people say they get them spayed/neutered as young as 10 wks,
  4. jillibean87

    jillibean87 Good Dog

    I've had puppies spayed that young and some puppies spayed older. I would do it when they are younger, they seem to recover easier then!
  5. Tomcat

    Tomcat Little Dog

    Roxysmomma: This is a pretty hotly debated topic right now. Many veterinarians and people working in shelter situations think that early spay/neuter (under 6 months of age) is the way to go to insure that it gets done. Others simply prefer dealing with a smaller pet (imagine the difference between a 4 month old mastiff and an 8 month old mastiff!!)

    BUT, there is some evidence that neutering early can cause some health problems. The biggest one seen so far is incontinence in females. You should keep in mind that these problems are very rare, but they do occur.

    Since your veterinarian has already set up the appointment, it is obvious that he or she is comfortable with pediatric surgeries and feels confident about the risk vs. benefits. To answer your direct questions: neutering this early will not affect her growth or behavior. Neither will neutering at 6 months.

    I would go ahead and keep the appointment. Good luck and let us know how she does.
  6. RoxysMomma

    RoxysMomma Puppy

    Also..the spaying is being done at a Rescue for a small fee, not at a Vets office. I'm not sure if the reason they are comfortable with doing this at a young age is to just make sure that it gets done or if they actually take into consideration any possible future problems. Just wanted to add that in case that makes a difference :confused:

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    Thanks to everybody who has replied so far..I appreciate it.
  7. Jelet

    Jelet Banned

  8. maui's moku

    maui's moku Little Dog

    even when you get a young pup rescue here(hawaii) the shelter makes the appt for 6 mths of age
  9. Teal

    Teal Krypto Super Dog Premium Member

    Ruger's sister was spayed when she was 4 months old. She grew much taller than other dogs in the litter... which could just be a throwback trait, but spaying early not allowing the hormones that close growth plates to work properly is one topic of debate. She also started having incontinence at 2 years old.

    So, based on that... I wouldn't do an early spay ever again.

    I also think if you're responsible enough to handle an intact dog, it's nice to let them mature as much as possible. Spay and neuter just isn't natural, so of course it has to have SOME affect on their growth, etc... it just depends on what studies you believe to determine how bad the effects are, and if they are worth it!
  10. dontbe10

    dontbe10 Little Dog

    pilot got spayed around 5-6 months and she recovered fine. just make sure you get the procedure done before she goes into her first heat. 10 weeks does seem a bit young, but i have heard of 8 week spay before. it is common in the local shelters to do spays on puppies. porter is 11 weeks today and has not been neutered yet. the rescue group he came from arranges the procedure with a vet for free. he will be getting it done probably in a couple weeks.

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