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Hi my vet is recommending that I spay my chihuahua. She has told me that this reduces mammary cancer and pyometra. I know this is true but I really hate to do this. I am trying to force myself to do it. I hate to put her in pain. I will not be breeding her. I only want what is best for her but as a human being never having children by choice I would not have wanted to have my ovaries and uterus removed even if the chance of cancer was over 25%. Even now I would not want it. I just do not want to do something to her that I would not want done to myself. Especially at so young an age as she is 7 1/2 months. I only want to do what is best for her. They are telling me she will be under anesthesia but when she comes home this will be very painful. I know animals feel pain. They are saying it is different for a dog and not like a hysterectomy but how can it be different? How can an animal not feel pain after having this done? They are saying they heal faster but it must be painful having internal organs removed. I know this is done all the time but this is not a good enough reason to spay her. I would only want to spay her if her life depended on it or if she would be pain free until she was completely healed. Previous to her I had an intact male chihuahua who lived to 15. He was never used as a stud. I really am not concerned if I am called an irresponsible or bad owner I only want to do what will help her and not do anything harmful to her or what she would not want not having the ability to choose what to do for herself. Any information would be appreciated.
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I have had 10 or more female dogs and every one was spayed. They don't seem to be in pain except for the first day or so, and the vet gave me pain pills to give them. No crying (except for one when she had her first BM after surgery) and that was a dog that knew she could get a lot of attention by crying! I really would not hesitate to have your pup spayed. The health reasons are mostly mammary cancer. Do it!!!
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Susan has great experience worth listening to! There are options between spaying puppies and keeping bitches intact for life, though.

The difference between an intact male and female is mostly the risk of pyometra. The more heats she goes through, the risk escalates quickly. So, I would spay any female dog I had at some point. However, that does not mean you have to do it now. It might be more expensive if you wait, but letting her go through a few heats and mature more first is another viable option.

I have also read that some vets will take out only the ovaries and leave the uterus. This is a less major procedure, so there would likely be less pain. The uterus remains, but without the hormones from the ovaries, she will not have heats, so her risk of pyometra will not increase. Do a search for ovariectomy in dogs for more information.

If you had an intact male for his whole life without him ever managing to breed, you are likely responsible enough to have an intact female too, but pyometra is no joke. Do some reading on how to recognize heat cycles and keep a close eye on her. I fostered a dog in heat once, and I know she would have done anything to get away to breed!
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Amen!!! Reta is so right. I did have my first dog (an Irish Setter) spayed at 7 years because she went through 'false' pregnancy each time she had a heat. She would adopt objects and try to nurse them. A brush, toys, and once a rat that had been poisoned but not dead yet. That was the last straw. She had the rat under a blanket, and I picked up the blanket to see what object she had adopted this time! Boy my brother came flying into the kitchen because I was screaming!!!!
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I have had plenty both spayed and neutered. Let me tell you my experience in not spaying my tiniest girl. Gidget is 2 lbs, I worried about her size at 6 months she was only 12 oz and I wanted to wait, waited until she was 2 lbs which was over a year old. I had went back and forth on spaying her due to her size. Right around the time she gained to 2 lbs she went into a false pregnancy, it was so hard on her little body and I hated seeing her like that. She also ended up with mastitis. After all that was over I called my vet and made sure it was safe to spay her. I trust my vet and he is very good with small animal surgeries and they monitor everything when under and use the gas where they wake up immediately when turned off. She came through it fine.

It is entirely up to you what you decide but if you have males that are intact or are worried about other intact males in the neighborhood then I would definitely opt for spaying but making sure you have a vet that is good at small animal surgeries and has the gas that once is turned off they wake right up.
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What have you decided? Have all our experiences helped you make a decision? Just wondering.
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