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Old 05-06-2009, 10:30 PM
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Just thinking ahead. With my previous females I had them done at just about 6 months, before they ever had a heat, but they were medium sized dogs (45lbs-ish). The recommendation for IW's to neuter is 2. Lily is so tiny I don't know when would be appropriate. I'd hate to have her in heat with Kaz being intact! Eek!
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They don't go through their first heat until 9 or 10 months so anytime before then is good. They are used to spaying the little ones as long as they use the profonel??? Something with a p. It's a gas. My vet will spay a 2 lb. dog with no problem but it makes me nervous as heck.
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Usually here, they recommend 6 months, before first heat as well. It is for safety as well (no unwanted pregnancies) as well as for over all health (reduces certain types of "woman" cancers in dogs to almost 0). I, of course, would consult with your vet first to make sure they are comfortable with this timeline!
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I think anytime after 3 months old they will spay a female, really not sure since I have never had of mine spayed or neutered.
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I got them spayed/neutered at 6 months..
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Thanks gals! I just have to make sure my vet can, or will, do it if she's still tiny. I have a feeling I will be a nervous wreck when the time comes!
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Thanks gals! I just have to make sure my vet can, or will, do it if she's still tiny. I have a feeling I will be a nervous wreck when the time comes!
That is what we are here for! Everyone is a nervous wreck the day before and the day of "the big snip". Everyone is here for you so don't be afraid to come here and panic - we will keep your mind occupied and talk you down!!!
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I agree with what people here have said- talk to your vet, but usually around 6mos. I've been putting off Ollie's neuter for awhile now because I want to wait until I'm home again for the summer and can take him to the vet he had when he was little- the same vet that has looked after my mom's dogs their whole life as well. Neutering isn't a big deal of a surgery, but he doesn't mark in the house, he's always on-leash outside, he's not aggressive, and he doesn't do stairs so him wondering off isn't a big worry, so I figure I might as well wait and go where I am most comfortable and where I know that they'll be good about any follow-up.
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