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Old 11-04-2012, 09:36 AM
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Hello,
I have a question to ask as I am soooo confused here:
( hope someone can advise me what's the best)
Should I or should I not spay my female dog?
Wherever research I do, it seems the main reason to spay is prevention to won't accidentally or intentionally, contributing to the pet overpopulation problem.

My Chi is a beautiful female chi, she's 15 months, And travels with our family everywhere, do not have any other dogs, so the chances of her get pregnant are almost 0%, also the heat time doesn't bother me at all, she's very small and almost pass unnoticed,
I just don't feel fair on her to put her through an operation just because is already so many dogs out there to be adopted,
I am being selfish to think its cruel to do it?
Please help
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:08 AM
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Not everyone has the same opinions when it comes to spaying. I personally believe spaying is important but I wouldn't do it before the first or second heat. Others spay their dogs before their first heat because it almost completely eliminates the risk of mammary cancer. However, in my opinion, the damage that can be done to your dog and the diseases that can be caused by spaying before the first heat way outweigh the pros. There are still benefits to spaying your dog after they have matured and you are still cutting down the risk of mammary cancer, just not as significantly.

I like this report about the pros and cons of spaying. It's factual and not biased like a lot of articles you read online that scare you into thinking you must spay your dog before her first heat or else she is going to die of mammary cancer. Check this out if you're interested:

http://www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/LongT...uterInDogs.pdf
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:19 PM
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Have you ever heard of false pregnancies? Some female dogs adopt weird objects (mine adopted a hairbrush!) and try to 'nurse' them. Very upsetting to the dog, obviously, and some even have milk. That's why I have mine done, plus the health benefits.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:27 PM
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Linda, as someone who rescues and is pro neutering/spaying, this may come as
a shock, but I believe there is no right answer, it's a personal choice. It's up to
you to weigh out the pros and cons of spaying vs keeping her intact and decide
what's best. Caitlin posted a very interesting read, which I'm sure you'll find
helpful.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:19 AM
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I would spay but like Caitlen stated earlier not till after the first or second heat. My baby is curently going through her first heat she will be getting spayed soon after wards before she goes into a second heat. But the choice is yours
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:10 AM
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If she seems healthy, defenetly get her spayed...
Believe around 11 months is a decent age. (body should have
reached sexual maturity by then).
I use to have a female and didn't get her spayed till an
older age, by that time she was getting uterine cancer.
(beginning stage I believe). Vet discovered it when spaying
her and felt assured he got it all. They claim every heat
cycle increases the risk for this type of cancer in female dogs.
So, yeah, take no chances, defen. get her done soon as she
is age ready. Make a happier/better pet as well.
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:33 AM
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I don't think it's selfish or cruel, I just wouldn't go that route myself. Mainly because I like Odie to socialize and play with a lot of other dogs, and go on walks in places where other dogs are off leash and I wouldn't want to risk a pregnancy. I think that if you feel that you can keep her safe and away from unknown dogs and don't mind her heat then that's up to you.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:37 PM
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Thanks very much for your kind reply, l have to wait for a bit to then take a decision,
Thanks
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