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Hi, it's me again. Somehow I just write when the next question pops in my husband and my head. We want to get Molly fixed. Our vet told us that they wait until they had the first heat and after that they would do the operation. My husband now did some research and read everywhere, that it is better to get dogs fixed before the first heat. He called the vet today and they told us that they could do it before, but don't really like that. Now he wanted me to ask here what is better? What did you do? Thank you!!
 

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Hi Bine!
Females should definitely be spayed before their first heat.
If you spay her after her 1st heat there's a risk (or let's just say higher risk) of developing diseases, such as mammary cancer or tumors.
So I don't really understand why your vet feels uncomfortable fixing her before her 1st heat...??
I would suggest changing vets.

I hope you're able to understand everything, I know your English is not that good.
 

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Originally Posted By: DinozI have always read that the best time to fix is around 6 months, which is obviously before their first heat...cant realy remember the reason for this...
Yep, that is what I have always been told by various different vets!
 

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If you wish to avoid all of the hassle of a dog that is going through female dog heat symptoms you should consider spaying your animal immediately. While some people believe that you should only spay a female dog after they have gone through their first heat cycle, others don't see any harm in avoiding the process altogether and getting her spayed young.

There are many benefits to spaying your female dog aside from the heat cycle. Spaying a dog will help them to live a long and healthy life. Vets have said that if you spay your female dog before her first heat cycle she will have virtually no chance of developing mammary cancer during her lifetime. If you wait you will increase her chance to fewer than ten percent after one heat cycle. The risk increases the longer you wait. However, you should get your dog spayed immediately no matter how many cycles she has gone through.

Your female dog will also be at a greater risk for ovarian cancer during her lifetime if she is not spayed young. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are difficult to detect from the female dog heat symptoms and might go undetected until it is too late. A surgery that is similar to a spay will need to be performed, but it is much more complicated once the cancer is spreading.

There are many other health concerns that can be avoided by spaying your female dog before she experiences female dog heat symptoms. Diabetes, uterine infections and wandering away from home are just some of the things that can be avoided by spaying your beloved pet. There are also a great many risks to your dog that come along with pregnancy. There are still dogs, despite the best veterinary care that become ill and die during pregnancy and birthing.

There are millions of unwanted animals that flood the Humane Society across the country every year. You can do your part by making sure you spay your female dog before they experience female dog heat symptoms. The Humane Society recommends getting your animal spayed or neutered before the first signs of symptoms. The unwanted animals live lives of neglect and pain because they are not welcomed into homes by loving families. It is in everyone's interest to do the humane thing and keep these animals from reproducing without control. The least of the problems is dealing with the female dog heat symptoms.
 

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I'm not sure if this applies to females. But we had our male neutered at around 5 months. Initially we were targeting to do it at 6 months, but our vet felt he was ready at 5 months. The procedure went fine with no negative effects afterwards.
 

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October 8th Molly will have her big day. At that time she will be almost 6 months old and I have mixed feelings. Happy that she will get it done now and sad that she will have some pain after the operation. Thank you guys so much for your help!
 
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