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Old 11-05-2015, 03:06 AM
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Hi, I'm pretty new here.

I'm picking up my chi in 2 weeks, she will be 10-11 weeks old by then.
I'm just wondering what age do puppies get their first heat? and when is the best time to get her spayed?

Also, I heard that it's best to not walk puppies until they are 12 weeks old, but I've got a family BBQ organised around when she's 11 weeks and I'll be bringing my other dog (cavalier) along and don't really want to leave my chi baby by herself at home. Any suggestions?
I don't want to put her in any danger either so if it's too risky please let me know!
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The first season can be anytime after 6 months. I would want to wait until after the first season, and until she is fully grown. So around a year old would be the minimum age I would consider spaying.
Young puppies shouldn't be taken for long walks, but they can go on trips to play and socialise. just be sure she doesn't get too over-stimulated or worn out. Maybe take a carrier so she can have a nap away from the party.
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The carrier is a great idea! thanks so much
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welcome to cp I bet you are so excited about getting your baby home, what is her name? im looking forward to seeing photos of her.
my oldest millie (turns 1 on the 11th of December) had her first cycle at 6 months and 3 weeks old. She acted very clingy but just spotted a little bit. Also I don't know anything about spaying because id like my mills to have a litter when the time is right.
as for taking her to the party, I would take her aslong as shes has both her injections.
The carrier is the best idea for you incase she gets tired she can have a little nap also she wont be too overwhelmed. My babies love our carrier!
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I spay mine at 6 months. It is a HOT topic to discuss, 'cause some people don't want their little ones to 'come into heat' at all. Some others think it is better for the dog to wait until one cycle has been completed. I'm with the 6 month people. I don't want the mess of a heat, nor male dogs hanging around, or anything else! All of my females have been spayed at 6 months. No problems. (the x racing greyhounds had to gain some weight first, and they were 3yrs, and 2 yrs when I got them. They were given pills so they never had a heat.)
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Also, you do not HAVE to have her spayed ever. It is entirely up to you, many dog owners are choosing to leave their pets entire, myself included.
Modern research has shown that it is better for the dogs long term health to delay neutering until the dog is mature. There is no medical benefit to an early spay.
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Also, you do not HAVE to have her spayed ever. It is entirely up to you, many dog owners are choosing to leave their pets entire, myself included.
Modern research has shown that it is better for the dogs long term health to delay neutering until the dog is mature. There is no medical benefit to an early spay.
I keep my girls intact. I have my precious Ponyo, my now 3 year old chihuahua, and my cocker spaniel (13 years old.) They both go into heat twice a year, and I've had 0 problems with them even though I'm a groomer and they're around other dogs a lot. OF COURSE I don't take them to the grooming shop when they're in heat, but keeping a dog intact takes a lot more vigilance and training on your part. Your intact dogs need to be well trained and you need to be mindful of the situations you put them in.

To be honest, I'm terrified of putting Ponyo under anesthesia for a major surgery. I don't know what I'd do if anything went wrong. She's so little and ... well... I just don't want to think about it.

I kind of believe that you can have intact animals if you're mindful, constantly training and stimulating the dog, and very very observant. But that's not for everyone.

But I have seen research on the health complications that come from premature spaying/neutering.

Do it later in life, I'd say, but if you choose to leave your pets intact know that it comes with a LOT more responsibility (and some frustrations here and there! But hey, I'm no angel when I'm PMSing, either! )
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I didn't know it was issue getting puppie's sprayed at early age. My 2 month chi/pug was about to get sprayed by the shelter before we received her. They did not spray her though because she had a minor eye and nasal discharge. They gave me some pills for her and said once the discharge subsides they will do it.

So are you guys telling me it would be a bad idea to get her sprayed at 2 1/2 months? If so why was the shelter going to do it before we received her?
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