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Jun 12, 2008, 6:53 PM

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When can I spay my puppy? Can't Post

Hi all, I know there are some other threads on this topic but I just wanted to clarify one thing. I have a 4 month old female beagle which I intend to spay. I read from some threads that the best time to do so is @ 6 months old. However, I also note that some puppies for adoption as young as 3-4 months are already spayed. I am wondering if it's OK for me to go ahead and spay my puppy? Thanks in advance for your replies.



Jun 12, 2008, 9:31 PM

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Re: [diepretty] When can I spay my puppy? [In reply to] Can't Post

i would prefer a minimum of 5 months to spay the pup. And would you be interested in another beagle. Male one but it's bout 4-5yrs old.Very obedient and not noisy unlike some beagles which are quite hyper. I have no time to upload and forward out the pics. If you are interested email me ya.. Am sure you have my email..

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Jun 21, 2008, 7:39 PM

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Re: [acsyen] When can I spay my puppy? [In reply to] Can't Post

i've got 2 GSDs that i intend to spay but was advised that the best would be to wait til their 1st period to spay them to ensure 100% development.

myth or truth?


Jun 21, 2008, 9:39 PM

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Re: [ninety3] When can I spay my puppy? [In reply to] Can't Post

It depends on each individual person. I have heard about this from vets and others before also. I can say it is totally up to you to do it before or after. I have not owned any large breed before so I would not comment on this. All my small and medium breeds are spayed before their first heat.

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Jun 25, 2008, 4:58 AM

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Re: [ninety3] When can I spay my puppy? [In reply to] Can't Post

yeah.. I heard of this before.. I even heard that should let the female dog pregnant once before you spray .. don't know how true is it.. but, I still haven't spray my 10 month old female lab.. Unsure


Jun 25, 2008, 8:44 PM

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Re: [mickey123] When can I spay my puppy? [In reply to] Can't Post

Maybe this will help... And I know that spaying before first heat greatly reduces chance of breast cancer. I think less than 1%..


Found this excellent article on Kitten Rescue

Four Good Reasons Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Pet
Spaying or neutering increases your pet's chances for a longer, healthier life.>Spaying a female greatly reduces the chances of breast cancer and the threat of uterine and ovarian cancer and uterine infection, thus your pet may live longer.>Neutering a male reduces the chances of testicular tumors, hernias, abscesses, prostate enlargement and prostate cancer later in life, thus your pet may live longer.

An altered dog or cat is a better pet for your family.
>Neutered males (especially young males) are less aggressive and less tempted to leave your property.
> Neutered males also are less likely to mark the inside of your house with urine (often called spraying).
>Spaying your female pet eliminates the problem of stray males camping in your yard and decreases her desire to roam and breed.

No family wants to cope with an unwanted pregnancy. Spaying prevents your pet from giving birth to unwanted puppies or kittens. More animals cost more money.

Fewer animals will die in shelters if your pet is spayed or neutered. In 2000 - 2001 94,514 unwanted dogs and cats were euthanized (killed) at shelters in the County of Los Angeles. Most animals are brought to the shelter because of accidental breeding by free-roaming, unaltered pets which the owners can't find homes for.

More pets spayed or neutered = fewer dogs and cats killed.

Nine Most Common Excuses for Not Spaying or Neutering Pets

My pet will get fat and lazy.
Pets that become fat and lazy after being spayed or neutered usually are overfed and do not get enough exercise.

My pet doesn't go outside, so he/she doesn't need to be fixed.
There is no guarantee that your pet won't get loose by accident and there are health benefits if you fix your pet. The pet over-population problem is caused by animals which are not fixed and get out, even if it's just once.

My pet's personality will change.
After being fixed, your pet will be less aggressive toward other dogs or cats, will be more affectionate towards you and will be less likely to wander. Your cat and dog will be unlikely to spray (urine marking) after they are fixed.

I just couldn't look my dog or cat in the eye if I had him castrated.
You're giving your dog or cat human feelings. Your dog and cat don't have a sense of gender in the way humans do.

It's natural and it wouldn't be fair if we didn't let them have at least one litter.
There hasn't been anything "natural" about dogs or cats since we domesticated them thousands of years ago. We've interfered with nature by domesticating them, so they are no longer wild animals and are dependent on our choices. By domesticating animals we've created the tragedy of pet over-population. We now have the responsibility to solve it. Giving birth has health risks, not giving birth doesn't.

My children should witness our pet giving birth.
Pets often have their litters at night or in a hiding place so you'll rarely see it. If pets are disturbed or can't have privacy when giving birth, it can result in an animal refusing to care for their babies. An alternative is to foster a pregnant mom, or nursing mom with babies and teach your children the value of saving animals and the responsibility of finding them good homes. (Fostering can be set up through your local rescue group.)

We can sell puppies or kittens to make money.
The cost of raising a litter is very expensive and will be more than the profit of selling the animal. Why would someone buy from you when they can get a pet from the shelter for the same price which is already fixed and has a micro-chip (a device for owners to find lost pets)?

We want another pet just like Rover and Fluffy or every one wants my animals/purebreds.
Breeding two purebred animals rarely results in babies that are exactly like one of the parents. With mixed breeds, it is impossible to have offspring that are exactly like one of the parents.

I'm afraid the surgery isn't safe and my pet might die.
Getting a pet spayed or neutered is the most common surgery performed and is very safe. Many veterinarians use equipment which monitors heart and respiratory rates during surgery to make sure the pets are doing well. The health benefits of having your pet spayed or neutered are far greater than the risk involved with surgery.

Why Spay and Neutering is Important
In 2000 - 2001, 94,514 unwanted dogs and cats were euthanized (killed) at shelters in the County of Los Angeles. If you take an animal to the shelter it only has a 10% chance of finding a new home before it's killed. Every year 6-8 million dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States.

Los Angeles taxpayers spend nearly $10 million to house, feed, kill and dispose of tens of thousands of perfectly healthy but unwanted pets, every year. Of these, 15-20% are pure breds.

More than 45,000 stray dogs and 2,000,000 feral cats are homeless on L. A. streets.

One female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in six years.
One female cat and her offspring can produce 80,000 cats in seven years. Cats can start having kittens when they are four months old and can have up to 3 litters a year.

Only one in three kittens born outside will ever live to see its first birthday. Most die horrible deaths from disease, malnutrition, or some misadventure.

70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day in the USA alone. Compared to only 10,000 human births, it's clear that there will never be enough homes for all these animals.

Whose Animals are causing this to Happen?
Everyone who has a pet which isn't spayed or neutered, it only takes once! Don't contribute to this tragic unnecessary killing of animals. Have your pet spayed or neutered. An estimated 6 to 8 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters in this country every year. Millions more are abandoned, only to suffer on the streets from illness or injury before dying.

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