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Old 04-25-2006, 01:48 PM
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The breeder said to wait and let Olive go into heat once then get her fixed, this will keep her from gaining a lot of weight after the operation.

The vet said to fix her before her first heat, saying it helps lower the risk of a female Chi getting cancer in the mamary tissue.

What recomendations have you heard?

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I always heard to do it before their first heat because it lowers their risk of breast cancer (and other cancers) to 0% ... after the first heat (I heard) this risk goes up to almost 7%, and keeps going up after each successive heat. My vet said to do Yoshi after her first heat only because she would be bigger by then, because she's so small, but I didn't want her to have one ... I still haven't decided yet.
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I have had 2 of my girls spayed when they were 6 months old and the last one will be done next month when she is 6 months old. None of them have gone into heat. The 2 that have been spayed did NOT gain weight.
The weight gain comes more from people over feeding their dogs when they reach the age when they are not growing any more and don't need as much food, which is around 8 months to 1 year old.
Gaining weight after a spay is a myth, it's more the owners fault than the dogs.
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^ yes that's true. A dog can't get fat if you don't give them fattening foods.
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The weight gain is a myth in my opinion. Deedlit didn't gain weight after her spay. I would have her spayed at six months unless she is very small. I waited until Cosette was a year because she was very tiny and my vet wanted to wait and let her grow.
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