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by margarita on 15 October 2008 - 14:10

 My gsd is almost 6 months old.  We do not plan to breed her.  What is an appropriate age to spay her?  I've heard wait until after her 1st heat.  Any thoughts?

by Langhaar on 15 October 2008 - 14:10

Personally I would not spay a bitch prior to maturity, sex hormones govern more the fertility.




http://www.caninesports.com/SpayNeuter.html http://www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/LongTermHealthEffectsOfSpayNeuterInDogs.pdf



by snajper69 on 15 October 2008 - 14:10

I would never fix(brake) any dog.


But bitch I would concider at 5-7 years old, or no sooner then full maturity.

Male never!

by beepy on 15 October 2008 - 15:10

Often spaying is the safest way to ensure that a bitch doesnt get caught.  I've known bitches to literally chew their way out of places to get to a male.

I have found that if bitches have 2 season - with the first being after 6 months and then the 2nd 6months later, is usually ok.  Its amazing to watch them change/mature with each season.  If you can afford to wait until they are 2 years old then do, however I have had no bad experiences with the 2 season rule.  Also make sure the bitch is in the middle of her cycle when you spay her, as you halt her in what ever stage she is at, and you dont want her post or pre season when the op is done.


by tigermouse on 15 October 2008 - 15:10

I personally wouldn't spay a bitch until 2 years old preferably 3

bitches need time to mature physically and emotionally

by susanandthek9s on 15 October 2008 - 15:10

If a bitch goes through one heat, her chance of breast cancer increases from almost zero to about 8%. If she goes through two heats, her chance of breast cancer shoots up to about one in four. As you can imagine, breast cancer in a dog can be a nightmare. Sometimes the entire mammary chain on both sides has to be surgically removed. This requires multiple surgeries--there isn't enough skin to stretch across to do it with one surgery. All of this is hell on the dog and horribly expensive. And you can still lose the dog. This is why vets like to spay when the bitch is about six months old, before the first heat.


by missbeeb on 15 October 2008 - 15:10

There would have to be some REAL medical problem before I would spay any bitch under 2yrs of age and 6 months is totally unacceptable in my book!


by snajper69 on 15 October 2008 - 15:10

Susan, let me ask you a question what dose breast cencer has to do with fixing? hmmm can I see some medical research that makes this claim?


by tigermouse on 15 October 2008 - 15:10

personally I have never seen or herd of any proof to this claim and i honestly think that its a common misconception amongst vets. or a ploy to get more cash if this were true one in 4 of my girl would get cancer mmmmmmm no LOL        silly myth

our old JRT got breast cancer and she was done at 6 months old  (i was a kid at the time) and i have seen first hand the emotional damage done to gsd bitches spayed too early.

best to just wait until 2-3 years and keep a close eye on her when she is around male dogs.



by triodegirl on 15 October 2008 - 16:10

When I had Bella at the vet several months ago she recommended I spay her at 16 wks. I'm not sure I will spay her at all, but if I did, 16 wks seemed way too young. I was told the longer I waited, the more difficult the surgery would be for her. True? I thought the new laser surgery allows the female to go home the same day.

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