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Old 11-10-2016, 10:39 PM
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I think I'm coming to the time when I'm going to get Halle spayed. I wanted to wait until she was 2.5 years old, although her last season came late and so we are a couple of months on from that. I'm nervous, of course. I'm nervous about handing her over to people she doesn't know, about the operation itself, how she will emotionally respond to the ordeal and what effects it will have on her long-term. I've done my research and came the conclusion that there are pros and cons to everything. I don't have a problem with responsible owners keeping dogs intact , but my fear is mammary cancer as she gets older, I think that has been the only reason why I am doing this.

What changes can I expect? Have people found that personalities/behaviour changes? Changes to coat and condition (she is a semi long-hair)? Weight? Incontinence?

Any tips about the operation itself? Do I need to ask about anything specific? Anyone got tips on recovery (Halle needs her hernia done at the same time).


Also, since her last season her mammarys seem still slightly swollen, and I noticed this evening that one seems a little more so, so I'm going to take her for a check up tomorrow. But is it normal for a girl who is still intact coming up to three to have more pronounced mammarys due to the number of seasons she has had?

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Old 11-11-2016, 12:51 AM
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I think the mammary tissue does increase after the first 'heat'. Once she is over that, she becomes more 'bitchy' in her appearance. Her coat thins at/after the heat, and the mammary's become more pronounced. The other things you mentioned, I think you have done more research on. My chi's never had the problems of temperment change you speak of. The operation she will recover from quickly--2-3 days or less of feeling "crappy". Keep us posted on when she goes in.
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I think in regards to personality changes every dog is different and some become calmer while other stay the same. As for weight they do gain weigh once they are fixed, at least from my experience with every female/male animal I've had because their bodies require less calories. Some foods are even marketed to fixed pets with different formulas.

When she comes home it's very important to keep her in her crate or a small small room. The first couple of days I wouldn't even take mine out, just use puppy pads. The fluids they give during surgery may make her pee quite a bit after surgery. It's also really important to stick to what the vet says for recovery, even if she's back to herself early. Wait until after the recheck to let her back into her old routine of running around. If you have the option of take home pain meds, take them! I kept my last girl I spayed on pain meds for at least 3 full days.

Good luck! And let us know how everything goes She will do just fine!

I think it's great you're thinking ahead and getting her spayed!


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My female was just spayed October 4. two weeks before she was 6 months. She is under 4 pound. Surgery went fine. They did send home pain medication. The fist day was rough, she cried with every movement. 2nd day was much , much better. By the third day she was trying to run and play and no longer needed pain meds . I had to put her on a leash to keep her from running. Personality change were minimal. The only thing I noticed is she was a little better with the other dogs. Not as snappy as she was. Tried to keep her less active for the 14 days. Then she was right back to playing wrestling with the other dogs. We have been to vet since and she was fine.


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Jazz has never had a weight problem as a result of her spay. But she's lean...always has been, and I'm careful with their food.

Make sure your vet is very familiar with anesthesia dosages for a tiny animal. Both mine are under 4 pounds and the drugs are quite a hit to their tiny little systems. My vet is an exotics specialist, which means he's used to dealing with very small animals. I felt comfortable in his ability.....if he can spay a rat or a gerbil, I was pretty confident he was going to manage just fine with my dog who is huge by comparison!
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