I want to get it done as during the spring and summer I want to get her into regular doggy daycare. It’ll be like a holiday for her, and I can do things I need to do. I don’t want the threat of a season suddenly happening.
Hi Jazzi your choice of course.
I always spay my bitches in between seasons so that is 3 months from the start of a season when the hormone cycle is at its least active so less chance of hormone related beahavioural problems.
I would not wish to spay immediately before a season is due because at that time the blood vessels that supply the uterus and ovaries increase in size which can add to the risks of surgery. At 6 months Holly is due to to come in season at any time.
Having a small breed , with a bitch that comes in season at 6 months I would be looking to spay at 9 months.
If I had a larger breed I would prefer to wait longer for the growth plates to close, this takes place around 8 months in
small breeds but up to 18 months in large breeds.
I know all the arguments about rescue centers spaying young bitches before their first season but they have their reasons which are that is the safest option under their circumstances but it is not necessarily the best thing for the bitch.
I am not telling you what you should do Jazzie just saying what I would do
It’s a scary time I know but o always think after they are over it the best time of their lives begins. No worry about pregnancy no worry about awful cancers. It’s just fun from then on.
We hesitated with Betty being so small and vet wouldn’t do it until she hit 5lb but once she got that goal post it was no stopping her. Elsie was so depressed each season she had we were very relieved for her when she was done, no more confusin and unhappiness.
The only reason our vet says wait until after first season is they can then see if there are any problems, personally having had two dogs now that had problems, Elsie hugely upset and depressed, and Katie corgi came into season every six weeks after she started. I am happier to do it prior to season one.
That’s good to hear, I’m sure it will all go well, it’s scarier for us usually than them, my late Mollie didn’t want to come home she loved the vet and the fuss so much, Lucy too really enjoyed the nurses making a fuss of her.
Sorry Jazzi, but I entirely agree with Meg and Barry on this. I wouldn’t dream of spaying her before she’s even had her first season if she was mine.
The nurse won’t ‘put you off’ because it’s money in their till.
It can also make them incontinent later in life if spayed before they’ve finished growing and developing, and the vet will then get paid for treating that as well.
Sorry if it sounds harsh Jazzi, and it’s probably not what you want to hear, but I’d really do your homework on this first, if I were you, and then decide. There is loads of information out there about this.